Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


band members

Michael Keirs, Brendan Aked


Website

valleemusic.bandcamp.com/

Bio

JUNGLE SINGLE LAUNCH
$10 entry with Twinspeak and Self Talk
Friday 13th November at The Grace Darling Basement
114 Smith Street, Collingwood, Victoria Australia, 3066

The biggest driving force for Melbourne band Vallee has been the positive response from strangers from all around the world connecting with their music. Influenced by the new wave and post punk revival scenes, the collaborative song writing skills of guitarist Michael Keirs and bassist Brendan Aked combine high energy jams and shared vocals with the intent of capturing the feeling of nostalgia you have on a warm summers day.

Getting back into the studio with producer Beau McKee (Closure in Moscow, Sky Ferreira) for their upcoming EP Vices was a no-brainer. “Beau helped define our sound in the studio and his vision for the final product captured all that we set out to achieve” says Brendan, “he’s a wizard behind the desk and a great guy to work with.” When the duo started collaborating on material for their first EP Radio back in 2014 it was decided there wouldn’t be just the one front man. “There was this conversation we had where we were both opposed to being the front man” says Michael, “we try to approach each song differently and just let everything happen organically.”

‘The sounds we most adhere to are the post punk revival scenes from the late 90’s onwards and the new wave scene that stems from the 80’s” says Brendan, “what Bloc Party and the Wombats are doing is great and if we can get into that zone for even a second then we’re happy”. ‘Inspiration for songwriting is one of those few things left in the world that is still a mystery and I truly believe that the right instrument can inspire great songs” explains Michael of his ‘62 Telecaster which is a staple of the bands signature sound.

The title track off their first EP Radio reached #1 on the Triple J Unearthed charts and subsequent video was featured on mismatch.tv, whilst second single Cuba debuted at #9 and received airplay on Unearthed radio. “Vallee’s sound is so tight, high energy and infectious” writes Shelia Taylor of blog site 16clefs.com, “Vallee’s lyrics are catchy and honest and the melodies and harmonies are complimentary to them.”

Vallee’s latest offering Jungle will be released through the A&R Department and features guest vocals by Amanda Norman from indie pop band SANS. The full EP Vices will be released in early 2016. You can catch them in the depths of the Grace Darling Basement on Friday 13 November supported by Twinspeak and Self Talk. They plan to begin work on an album next year. “I spent the last year working in Europe and it gave me a lot of inspiration” says Michael, “we’re sitting on 20 or so solid ideas at the moment and the aim is to have an album finished by mid 2016.”

“At the end of the day we’re just making music that we want to listen to and to have fans from around the world get in touch asking for more music or just to say ‘I love your band’ is such an awesome experience” says Brendan. ‘We just hope people enjoy our music” says Michael, “whether they listen to us while doing housework to make the mundane more enjoyable, or come to a show and have a fun night out. If it makes people happy and connect with it on some level, it’s doing what music is meant to.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNCw1uemnM0

Review

Review of Jungle by Vallee Bridget Hustwaite

12 Nov 2015

Triple J
30

Definitely getting those "jungle" vibes through the jangly guitars and pounding drums. You guys are putting a pretty interesting twist on the whole indie pop rock sound though with those punk style vocals and I dig! Keep it up, that is what will set you apart from being pigeonholed or deemed as "safe sounding".

Definitely getting those "jungle" vibes through the jangly guitars and pounding drums. You guys are putting a pretty interesting twist on the whole indie pop rock sound though with those punk style vocals and I dig! Keep it up, that is what will set you apart from being pigeonholed or deemed as "safe sounding".