Rival Sons Share New Single and Video for “Sweet Life” – Announce New Album

Recently sharing their brand new single and lyric video “Sweet Life”, Rival Sons have also delivered news of their next album. Lightbringer, due out October 20th, is the partner record to Darkfighter, released in June of 2023. Head into the full article for the video, tour dates, and more from Rival Sons.

Pre-order/pre-save Lightbringer here.

About Lightbringer, guitarist Scott Holiday said, “When you do two albums back-to-back like this, there are a lot of things to think about. The first record has to pack enough of a punch and tell enough of a story for the second half to have an even bigger impact. We balanced them out with energy and meaning, but the follow-up always needed to deliver a bigger blow. I think Lightbringer provides this.

Vocalist Jay Buchanan added, “Darkfighter is a new Rival Sons, and Lightbringer is the clear definition of what we are now. We broke ground on Darkfighter, but Lightbringer is a step beyond the personal innovation and exploration. It goes a little further. We really took everything into our own hands and pushed to see how far we could go. It was a self-exploration to see who we were and who we’ll be now. We had more friction and compromise than ever, because we isolated the bare essence of where we needed to go—and then we went there.”

Regarding “Sweet Life,” Jay promised, “It’s the most old-school Rival Sons song on either of these two records. It has all of the early elements of what Rival Sons is and was. It was born out of my love mid-sixties rock like The Animals, The Kinks, and the bands I was raised on. It’s a bit of a break from all of the heavy subject matter too; it’s a barnburner.”


Rival Sons crafted Darkfighter and Lightbringer during the same sessions over the course of 2021. Once again, they recorded with creative confidant and longtime producer Dave Cobb behind the board. 

The pre-order includes two vinyl variants – Fruit Punch and Lemonade – as well as a CD version.


Lightbringer tracklisting:

01 Darkfighter

02 Mercy

03 Redemption

04 Sweet Life

05 Before The Fire

06 Mosaic


Right now, Rival Sons are on the road with The Smashing Pumpkins and will be touring through the end of 2023 with select U.S. headline shows and festival appearances. Check out the full confirmed itinerary below.

Tour dates:

North America:

August 19: iThink Financial Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL +

August 20: MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL +

August 22: PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC +

August 24: PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ +

August 25: Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH +

August 26: Theatre Beanfield – Montreal, QC *

August 27: State Theatre – Portland, ME *

August 29: XL Live – Harrisburg, PA *

August 30: Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY +

August 31: Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA +

September 02: Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON +

September 03: Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa ON +

September 06: Roxian Theatre – McKees Rocks, PA *

September 07: The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN *

September 08: First Bank Amphitheater – Franklin, TN +

September 09: Ruoff Music Center – Noblesville, IN +

September 23: Riff Fest – Clarkston, MI ^

September 25: Louder Than Life 2023 – Louisville, KY ^


UK and Europe:

October 13: The Roundhouse – London, UK                                    

October 14: NX – Newcastle, UK                               

October 16: Barrowland Ballroom – Glasgow, UK                                   

October 17: O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK                            

October 18: Manchester Academy – Manchester, UK                             

October 20: Cambridge Corn Exchange – Cambridge, UK                              

October 21: O2 Academy – Bristol, UK (Sold Out)

October 22: O2 Guildhall – Southampton, UK                         

October 24: La Carrière – Nantes, FR                           

October 25: Le Radiant – Lyon, FR                                

October 27: Olympia – Paris, FR                               

October 28: Les Docks – Lausanne, CH               

October 29: Alcatraz – Milan, IT                                   

October 31: Gasometer – Vienna, AT                         

November 01: X-TRA – Zurich, CH                   

November 02: Theaterfabrik – Munich, DE                      

November 04: Lucerna Music Bar – Prague, CZ           

November 05: Klub Stodola – Warsaw, PL                          

November 06: Music Club B17 – Poznan, PL                           

November 08: Huxleys – Berlin, DE                      

November 09: Melkweg Max (Sold Out) – Amsterdam, NL       

November 10: Kantine (Sold Out) – Cologne, DE                  

November 12: Ancienne Belgique (Sold Out) – Brussels, BE                     

November 13: Grosse Freiheit 36 – Hamburg, DE              

November 14: The Grey Hall – Copenhagen, DK        

November 16: Forum Scene – Bergen, NO                       

November 17: Sentrum Scene (Sold Out) – Oslo, NO                         

November 18: B-K – Stockholm, SE                

November 20: House of Culture                           Helsinki, FI

November 21: Tampere Hall – Tampere, FI             


October 13 – November 21 – European Headline Tour


+Supporting The Smashing Pumpkins


^Festival Appearance


More from Rival Sons:

Like a gang of tried-and-true mavericks, Rival Sons most definitely march to the beat of their own drum. Right when you think you’ve got them figured out, the Los Angeles quartet—Jay Buchanan [vocals, acoustic guitar], Scott Holiday [lead guitar], Mike Miley [drums], and Dave Beste [bass]—will flip the script and surprise you once more. Their very emergence is inexplicable in the best way. They never fit into any era or category, yet their uncompromising spirit might be more necessary today than ever. A sense of panache, a dash of mystery, and an unapologetic commitment to the craft of rock ‘n’ roll underscore their deep catalog highlighted by the likes of Pressure & Time [2011], Great Western Valkyrie [2014], and Feral Roots [2019], which garnered two GRAMMY® Award nominations in the categories of “Best Rock Album” and “Best Rock Performance” for the single “Too Bad.” Meanwhile, the Rock Radio #1 hit “Do Your Worst” has reeled in 70 million streams and counting. At the same time, they’ve held their own on stage with Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, and Lenny Kravitz in addition to blowing the roof off television staples such as The Late Late Show with James Corden, Jools Holland and Jimmy Kimmel. In 2023, they continue to subvert expectations with two full-length LPs—Darkfighter and Lightbringer [Low Country Sound / Atlantic Records]—and more to come.


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