Black Coffee – Rival Sons

With creeping blues chords and gospel girls on backing vocals the retro rockers give a Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra style treatment to this legendary Humble Pie standard.

Most famous in this day and age for being used in a Nescafe advert it’s so easy to forget the impact Steve Mariott’s original had on blue eyed soul in the rock and roll mixing bowl.

Rival Sons play it to the gallery. The big rock shapes they throw without thinking usually are tempered with a desire to be The Black Crowes as much as they possibly can be. With massive songs like Pressure And Time and Electric Man in their originals it was with high expectations that their last album Hollow Bones was met. I hear there’s another new album in the ether this week. I will seek it out.

After several tracks of furious Deep Purple and Y&T style rocking out it’s nice to hear a bit of the blood in the meat on Hollow Bones.

Really this is nothing more than a classic rock cover version by a Classic Rock sounding band. But why does it look, feel and smell so right?

“Way back you all know since I don’t know when see I got hungover before I was 10, you see my skin is white but my soul is black so hot black coffee, that’s where it’s at”

If you say so Chief, if you say so…


6 thoughts on “Black Coffee – Rival Sons

      1. I listened to Pressure and Time again this morning. At this stage I’m of the opinion that they’re one of the best (if not the best) out there at the moment doing that old ‘revivalist’ rock n’ roll thing, as some like to say. Much better than The Temperance Movement (I’ve lost patience trying to dig them).

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