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Music Editorial

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Nashville/LA Quartet Rival Sons look like they might know their way around a riff, do they not? And – what do you know – they certainly do! And if you pop along to Northumbria Institute at the very end of January, then you’ll be able to catch them live.

Rivals Sons spent a good chunk of 2018 supporting The Rolling Stones, and if you’re going to go down well with a Stones audience then you need to be able to pull a clutch of songs out of your armoury that really rollick and roll. Thankfully, they managed to avoid being targeted by the piss-filled bottle brigade by having a back catalogue stuffed with tunes that really take off and deserve to be heard in big arenas. Their last album, 2016’s ‘Hollow Bones’, saw them injecting real soul into their classic rock template, with plenty of subtly to be found among the bluesy riffs. It also saw them gain wider recognition with the album picking up stellar reviews right across the board. And their fanbase is set to get even bigger in 2019 with the release of their latest long-player ‘Ferel Roots’, which is due out on 25 January, and a European tour. They’ve got six dates in the UK and, praise be, one of them sees them stopping off in the north-east. The carousel of hype is certain to start spinning in earnest this year so jump on board while they’re here.

Rival Sons + The Sheepdogs, Thursday 31 January, Northumbria Institute, Newcastle, 7pm, £19.50. seetickets.com