The Los Angeles-based outfit Rival Sons is a blues rock band with a heavy-hitting, fuzzed-out sound. Since forming in 2008, the band has won over fans both for its songwriting and for its ability to hearken back to another era of rock. After self-releasing its debut album, Before the Fire, in 2009, the band signed with Earache Records, a label known for its collection of metal bands. Rival Son's first full-length record with the label, 2010's Pressure & Time, offered a departure from the heavy metal mold of Earache, and the band's blues-inspired hard rock sound stood out sharply for critics and fans. Rival Sons went on to embark on several of its own headlining tours of Europe in between releasing records such as 2012's, Head Down.