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The day has come.
For the first time ever, hip-hop surpassed rock ‘n’ roll as music’s most consumed genre, with seven of 2017’s top 10 most-consumed albums coming from the genre.
Are we crushed at what Nielsen’s 2017 Year-End Report found? Without a doubt. But rest easy, friends…there’s hope, and it is every bit as loud, honest, and authentic as any rock fan could ever hope for.
Raise your lighters, say a prayer to Lemmy, and get ready to meet three bands leading the charge in rock’s quest to snatch its crown back from hip hop in 2018.
Long Beach rockers Rival Sons have been on our radar for a good long while now, and for good reason. Hand picked by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne to be the sole opener on Black Sabbath’s farewell tour and, more recently, tapped by The Rolling Stones to open several European shows last year, it’s pretty safe to say that Rival Sons are the real deal as far as slinging good old fashioned rock and roll goes – after all, it’s not everyday that a band earns the complete and total respect of some of rock’s most fiercely respected elder statesmen.
Equal parts rock and roll and Southern Baptist church on Sunday morning mixed with a little Delta blues to give their sound some kick, Rival Sons never cease to rock us right on down to our souls as singer Jay Buchanan delivers consistently stellar vocal performance that left us wondering just where the hell that voice came from, instantly taking us to church and giving us hope that maybe this next generation of rock and roll music isn’t completely lost, after all.
With exciting new plans to head into the studio this year to follow up 2016’s critically acclaimed Hollow Bones, Rival Sons are gearing up for the next phase of their career and if 2017 was anything to go by, 2018 is going to be one hell of a year.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve been wondering just where the hell good old fashioned rock and roll has been hiding lately. Not this watered down, overproduced stuff designed to make mediocre bands sound good – I’m talking about the gritty, salt of the earth rock and roll that spawned Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and so many others like them.
The good news is that it still exists, alive and well and selling out packed venues across Europe and it’s bands like Sweden’s psychedelic blues rock act Blues Pills that are leading the charge; seen here performing at Siegburg, Germany’s Kubana Live Club, Blues Pills channel the spirit of 60s psychedelia with an impossibly smooth cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody To Love,” singer Elin Larsson fearlessly commanding the stage with a power that would have fit in beautifully at Woodstock a lifetime ago.
Guitarist Dorian Sorriaux, with his fuzzy guitar tone and wailing solos, complements Larsson’s voice beautifully and helps to sell Blues Pills’ authenticity as a true blue rock and roll band for the ages. Check out their cover of “Somebody To Love” – it’s not everyday that you come across a band so young that knows what rock and roll music is all about, and Blues Pills absolutely just get it.
2017 was a banner year for Michigan rock band Greta Van Fleet. Comprised of brothers Josh, Jake, and Sam Kiszka and family friend Danny Wagner, Greta Van Fleet spent the better part of last year taking over the rock world and Billboard’s Mainstream Rock charts with their heady Led Zeppelin-inspired sound, restoring hope that maybe – just maybe – all wasn’t lost for rock n’ roll after all. April 2017 saw the band release their debut studio EP, Black Smoke Rising.
The debut single, “Highway Tune,” topped Billboard’s US Mainstream Rock and Active Rock chart in September 2017, the calm before the storm that came upon the November release of Greta Van Fleet’s double EP From the Fires, containing the four songs from Black Smoke Rising and four brand new songs.
It’s hard to listen to Greta Van Fleet and not get excited about the major moves they’ll be making in 2018, propelled by the whirlwind year they’ve just come from. It’s even harder to deny that they’re definitely carrying the torch for an era that rock fans long to see live again, fearlessly doing their part to restore rock ‘n’ roll back to its sweaty, sensual, and painfully authentic roots at the top of the musical food chain. Get ready for Greta Van Fleet in 2018 – these guys are out to save rock and roll.