Electric men in Luxembourg

19. 11. 2014



         Poznáte ten pocit, že si obľúbite jednu kapelu, no keď zistíte odkiaľ sú, tak stratíte všetky nádeje na to, že by ste ich v blízkej dobe mohli vychytať naživo? O to zvlášť, keď je to kapela, ktorej hudba musí mať tie pravé grády len na koncerte? Presne tak som sa cítila, keď som začala počúvať Rival Sons... Nikdy nehrali blízko slovenských hraníc a tak som sa jednoducho zmierila s tým, že snáď RAZ.


Are you familiar with that kind of a feeling when you suddenly grow fond of a new band but as soon as you find out where they‘re from you lose all hope to ever experience them live? Especially when their music is just made for live performances? Well, that’s how I felt when I started listening to Rival Sons… They have never had a show anywhere close to Slovak borders so I just simply resigned and accepted the fact that maybe ONE DAY…


Čo čert nechcel, dostala som možnosť odcestovať na niekoľko mesiacov do Luxemburska a voilà! Rival Sons ohlásili európskej turné na podporu nového albumu Great Western Valkyrie a jednou zo zastávok malo byť aj miesto môjho dočasného pobytu. Bez váhania som rezervovala lístky pre seba a pre rovnako hudobne orientovanú kamošku a už stačilo len vydržať niekoľko týždňov, kým to celé vypukne. Kapele sa momentálne veľmi darí a aj európske turné bolo už pred začatím nášho koncertu vo viacerých mestách vypredané. Niet sa čo čudovať. Návrat pravého rock'n'rollu treba patrične osláviť!

As luck would have it, I had the opportunity to travel and stay for a few months in Luxembourg and then, all of a sudden voilà! Rival Sons announced the European tour to support their freshly released album Great Western Valkyrie and one of their stops was supposed to be also a place where I was staying. So I booked two tickets without hesitation for me and for a friend with the same taste in music and the waiting for the show started. The band is doing very well right now and also the European tour dates started to sell out very quickly. No wonder. The return of true rock'n'roll must be celebrated properly!


Ako predkapela sa predstavil ženskému oku lahodiaci umelec Jameson. Jeho piesne mi pripomenuli leto a veru sa mi na chvíľku aj zacnelo. Hlas mal vynikajúci, no po chvíli sa mi celé akosi zlievali jedna do druhej... a tak ma napadlo: Prečo je sám? Keby len k sebe zavolal ďalších muzikantov, možno by to nebolo také jednotvárne...Každopádne, aspoň som sa pri ňom nad niečím zamyslela.

As the support act, an eye candy for women called Jameson presented his music. His songs reminded me of summer and I must admit that he had a briliant voice. However, after a while the songs started to merge one into another... and I thought to myself: Why is he alone? If only he had some other musicians with him maybe the songs would‘t sound so similar. Anyway, he definitely made me think about many things and that I appreciate!





Chalani z Rival Sons sa s ničím nebabrali a začali ostro s jednou z najenergickejších piesní nového albumu Electric Man. Publikum zasiahla vlna elektrického napätia a bolo nemožné sa od nej odtrhnúť. Zabudnite na to, že Gene Simons povedal, že rock'n'rolll je mŕtvy. Kým bude táto štvorica hudobníkov tvoriť  tak ako doteraz, niet sa čoho báť, pretože si nájde cestu späť. Po elektrickom mužovi prišli na rad ďalšie štyri piesne z nového albumu, presne v takom poradí, ako sú na albume: Good Luck, Secret, Play The Fool a oddychovka Good Things. Zvuk šlapal bez chybičky a spev Jaya Buchannana bol neuveriteľný (ak by ste mali pochybnosti o tom, že nedokáže koncert uspievať, príďte sa presvedčiť a nespustíte z neho oči!). Po pätici nových vecí nastal čas na zmenu s Manifest Destiny part 1, pri ktorej sa ukázala temnejšia stránka hudobného spektra kapely. Začalo sa džemovať a ako sa výber piesní vzdiaľoval od súčasnosti, na tvárach všetkých členov bolo vidieť spokojný úsmev... Postupne sa prešlo od albumu Head Down až k Pressure And Time s ráznou Burn Down Los Angeles a spevavou Torture.


The guys from Rival Sons definitely didn‘t dawdle over things and started pretty sharply with one of the bounciest songs of the whole album – Electric Man. The audience was paralyzed as if hit by high voltage and it was soon impossible to break off. Forget about the day when Gene Simons said that rock'n'roll is dead. As long as these four musicians will make music as they have been doing till now there is no need to be worried because as I have witnessed, rock'n'roll always finds its way back. After the electric man song they played four more songs from the new album in the same order as they appear on the record: Good Luck, Secret, Play The Fool and the relaxing Good Things. The sound of the band was flawless and Jay Buchannan‘s singing just unbelievable (if you have any doubts whether this man can actually sing the whole set as it is recorded just come to see it – I guarantee that you won’t be able to take your eyes of him!). After the set of five brand new songs it was the right time for a change with Manifest Destiny part 1. The band started to jam a bit and as the songs selection receded from the present to the past you could recognize a very satisfied smile on the musicians‘faces. With the vigorous Burn Down Los Angeles and Torture which was prompting the audience to sing with the band we moved gradually from the Head Down album to Pressure And Time.




Následne bol čas na chvíľu spomaliť s krásnou baladou Where I‘ve Been, pri ktorej sa spevák nechal naplno uniesť emóciami a vynikol tak nielen jeho široký hlasový rozsah ale aj prejav ako taký. Kapela však nenechala fanúšikov oddychovať dlho. Príjemným prekvapením bol môj osobný favorit nového albumu, skladba Rich And The Poor, ktorou začala ďalšia bluesová jazda divokými gitarovými riffmi. Pokračovalo sa najstaršou piesňou večera Tell Me Something (rok 2009), za ktorou nasledoval svetový hit Pressure And Time, vďaka ktorému sa chalanom podarilo preraziť. Druhý blok koncertu sa uzavrel s klasikou Get What’s Coming.

Then it was time to slow down with the beautiful ballad Where I‘ve been during which Jay’s vocal range stood out. The singer just let himself to be moved by the feeling and immersed into the song completely. It was one of those moments when you tell yourself that you would give anything for the moment to last forever. However, the band didn’t let us to remain in the slow pace for long. It was a nice surprise for me when they started to play the song Rich And The Poor because it is my personal favourite of the new album. Again the blues ride filled with amazing guitar riffs began. The band continued with the oldest song of the evening’s setlist Tell Me Something (year 2009) , which was followed by a huge hit Pressure And Time that got the guys recognized on worldwide level. The second part of the set was closed with the classic Get What’s Coming.





Členovia kapely jeden po druhom postupne poodchádzali z pódia,  no po krátkom burácaní publika sa so širokým úsmevom vrátili späť a bubeník začal hrať úvodné údery z aktuálneho singla Open My Eyes. To, akú má táto pieseň silu sa dá naozaj pocítiť iba na koncerte. Nasledovala emóciami nabitá Face of Light, ktorá mi v hlave znie dodnes. Najradšej by som sa pri nej len tak zvalila niekde na trávnik a vychutnávala si slnečné lúče. Poslednou ukážkou majstrovského bluesom ovplyvneného rock'n'rollu bola pecka Keep on Swinging a bolo po všetkom. Koncert vyšiel na jednotku a som si istá, že o tejto blues rockovej náloži zo slnečnej Kalifornie ešte budeme počuť! Verte mi.

Afterwards the band members left the stage one after another and returned again after a while that was filled with people shouting, thundering, wanting more. The drummer began to play the opening beat of the recent single Open My Eyes and everyone perceived the power of the song that can only be understood when it’s performed live. It was followed by emotionally charged Face Of Light that still sounds in my head even now. The last demonstration of this fantastic bluesy rock'n'roll was the song Keep On Swinging and all was over. The performance was just awesome and I would not be surprised if we would hear about this band from sunkissed California a lot more often in the future!




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