Scott Holiday Says Rival Sons’ New Album Is “Almost In The Can”

During a recent interview with Radioactive Mike Z of 96.7 KCAL-FM, Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the effort is “almost in the can.”

Holiday said the following:

“We have a record almost in the can right now. We’re pretty much done. It’s just really difficult. Our dear friend Dave Cobb, our longtime producer, is a busy man, and he’s only gotten busier and harder to nail down. So with everything, between all the protocol and COVID stuff and finding time with him, and now he’s out on tour with Chris Stapleton where he plays acoustic guitar part time, we’re just looking for our window to jump back in and wrap it up. And I’m hoping we can do that in January. One more session we’re gonna have and we’re gonna put a bow on it and get that out to everybody. I think we have a really great record kind of just about there.”

He went on to say that the recording process has been similar to their past work:

“The only difference was that me and Jay [Buchanan, vocals] spent more time writing back and forth, ’cause we were trapped at home with this pandemic. But when it came to recording, we really didn’t spend much more time than that still. We didn’t share too much with the [other] guys, so that meant when we went in to record, it kept things really off the cuff. So don’t worry, everyone, you’re still getting a normal, true-to-heart RIVAL SONS record.”

He also added the following about the musical direction of the new material:

“You can see the big wheel turning from record to record — they sound different; they sound really different. That’s why it’s so weird to come back to ‘Pressure And Time’ [for the ongoing 10th-annviersary tour] and go, ‘Woah! We’re in a really different headspace right now,’ where we’re making he new record. Or with ‘Feral Roots’ compared to ‘Pressure And Time’. Yikes! That’s trippy. Like, how are we gonna get these to translate as well as these other songs? You can really tell where we are in our trajectory. So, like that, this record has moved along from ‘Feral Roots’. I can’t really say [it’s] more melodic. I think we’re always sharpening the sword, we’re always trying to become better songwriters and always trying to be more melodic. And not trying to necessarily reinvent the wheel but just do something that we know is different and new and maintaining a level of quality with our songwriting as we work. And I think this new record, it’s gotta feel like that. It feels like that right now.

We’ve kind of gone from ‘Pressure And Time’ being very concise, and the next record we made, with [2012’s] ‘Head Down’, being a much more broad record, stylistically and musically. And then we kind of bounced back and forth — concise and kind of opened it up. And there was a real middle ground with ‘Feral Roots’. It wasn’t so concise — there were some big songs on that record, longer songs, wider. I feel like this record is a broader record. It’s possibly our longest record and our biggest record. So I think this might be slightly more majestic. [Laughs] Remember I always said ‘Pressure And Time’ wasn’t ‘The Wall’. This might be ‘The Wall’. [Laughs]”

Holiday also revealed that “there is a little loose concept” on the new record. However, he didn’t want to give too much away about it just yet.

[via Blabbermouth]

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