RIVAL SONS Unveil Official Video For “Bird In The Hand”

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Two-time-Grammy-nominated band RIVAL SONS has shared the official music video for their anthemic new single, “Bird In The Hand”, which is available today on all streaming platforms. It stands out as the latest anthem to be unveiled from the group’s upcoming full-length album, “Darkfighter”, set for release on June 2. Watch it below.

“The saga continues with another prequel in our new video,” says Scott Holiday. Jay and I teamed up to write and produce this one again, as well as working with our pal, Kurt Kubicek (director/Rapture video). All shot in our backyard in the Hollywood Hills… right off the sunset strip! Right up the street from the world-famous Whiskey a Go Go actually! We found this incredible time capsule mid-century home that sets the scene for most of the video. It’s been incredible making these little vignettes. Really fun. All created on pretty tiny budgets. But the limitations force us to get ultra creative and focused. We’ve been extremely blessed to have such talented friends/crew/and collaborators working with us that see these videos as passion projects… which is the only way they come together. I think when you watch the series of videos you can feel the love that’s gone into them.”

Commenting on the new video, vocalist Jay Buchannan noted: “’Rapture’ was a prequel to ‘Nobody Wants To Die’ and ‘Bird In The Hand’ is a prequel to ‘Rapture.’ Same cast of characters, different part of the story. It’s been a great time writing and producing these videos along with great directors and crew. With video production we’re really at that sweet spot where we don’t know the rules so we’re not afraid of breaking them. We’ll see where it goes from here.”

Pre-order / save “Darkfighter” HERE.

In support of new LP, RIVAL SONS will embark on an extensive five-week North American headline run dubbed “The Darkfighter Tour” which will feature support from THE BLACK ANGELS, THE RECORD COMPANY and STARCRAWLER on select dates. The trek kicks off on May 11 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the Diamond Ballroom, visits major markets across the country, and concludes on June 18 in Denver, Colorado at the Ogden Theatre. In between, the band will perform at a handful of festivals such as Welcome To Rockville in Daytona Beach, Florida on May 20 and Sonic Temple in Columbus, Ohio on May 27.

RIVAL SONS 2023 U.S. tour dates

“So happy to finally announce our full North America headline tour and have new music to play for you,” exclaimed guitarist Scott Holiday. “Expect this tour to comprise of the forthcoming ‘Darkfighter’ album in its entirety, along with familiar songs and a few deeper cuts. We’re working on plans to make it extra special. With a big added bonus of the incredible acts we’re taking with us: THE BLACK ANGELS, THE RECORD COMPANY and STARCRAWLER. It’s going to make for a REALLY fantastic night of music!”


March 20 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Arena
March 21 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
March 24 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
March 26 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
March 28 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center

Headlining and festival appearances:

May 11 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom*#
May 12 – Little Rock, AR – The Hall*#
May 13 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s*#
May 16 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal*#
May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle*#
May 18 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works*#
May 20 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome To Rockville (Festival)
May 21 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater*#
May 23 – Richmond, VA – The National*#
May 24 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa*#
May 26 – Morgantown, WV – Ruby Amphitheater*
May 27 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple (Festival)
May 28 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom*
May 30 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore*#
May 31 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium*#
June 01 – New York, NY – Palladium Times Square
June 03 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall*#
June 04 – Albany, NY – Empire Live*#
June 06 – London, ON – London Music Hall*#
June 08 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore^#
June 09 – Chicago, IL – Radius^#
June 10 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore^#
June 12 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave^#
June 13 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Club 5^#
June 14 – St. Louis, MO – Pageant^#
June 16 – Omaha, NE – The Admiral^#
June 17 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater^#
June 18 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre^#

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“Darkfighter” Album Artwork

In 2021, RIVAL SONS celebrated the 10th anniversary of their 2011 album, “Pressure And Time”, by performing the landmark long-player live in its entirety on the “Pressure And Time” tour for the first time. They also lit up Southern California with a two-night live-stream event, “Rival Sons: Pair Of Aces”, live from the historic Catalina Casino on Santa Catalina Island. They performed their debut LP, “Before The Fire” (2009),in its entirety on the first night and their self-titled EP, “Rival Sons” (2010), on the second.

“Darkfighter” track-listing:

 1. Mirrors
 2. Nobody Wants To Die
 3. Bird In The Hand
 4. Bright Light
 5. Rapture
 6. Guillotine
 7. Horses Breath
 8. Darkside

RIVAL SONS is Jay Buchanan (vocals, harmonica, rhythm guitar),Scott Holiday (lead guitar),Mike Miley (drums) and Dave Beste (bass).


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