Pressure & Time
Los Angeles has long been a petri dish for under ground music. So it seems odd, yet ultimately fitting, that the once-fashionable, now nearly forgotten sound of classic rock ’n’ roll should also rise from Sunset Boulevard. Rival Sons are a young band, but they sound old: Their debut is both muddy and feisty, like Lynyrd Skynyrd splashing around with Led Zeppelin long after the levee broke. Singer Jay Buch anan has a set of bigbottomed pipes that elevate familiar, bluesy stomps like “Young Love” from pastiche to pleasure—and, on “Burn Down Los Angeles,” even start to sound a little bit punk.