Black Valentine (LA)

Black Valentine (LA)

 Los Angeles, California, USA
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The Adrenalized Mainline to todays Rock!!

Biography

Black Valentine Bio

Could Black Valentine’s origin be a product of the Stars aligning? Fate? Destiny?  Whatever you call it, it shouldn’t have even happened- but it did.

It started when Jeff Knemeyer sold everything and moved from a small town in Washington State to LA.  By pure chance he was walking down the street when he met Jesse Wolff who was working on his Truck.  Jeff stopped to talk with him because he had a Truck just like it back home.  They became fast friends with Jeff eventually renting a Room from Jesse.

Cut to Brian Rutkin and Frank Yanno who were looking for a Singer for their band tHe CoNStAnt- who enjoyed a small amount of success in the LA Scene but never seemed to find the right Voice.  After holding several auditions they thought they had found their man, but there was one singer left pacing the outside hallways of the rehearsal studio. The question was, do they let him audition or tell him the bad news?

After a quick decision, Jeff Knemeyer walked in the room with a readiness and vigor that surprised everyone. The music was cued and Jeff began running through the songs with a power and presence the guys had never thought was possible.

Now the final decision had been made! But Jeff’s voice changed everything. They could no longer call themselves tHe CoNStAnT. Taking the title of one of their songs, Black Valentine was born.  They immediately began working on all new material and were almost finished with their Debut Album when their Drummer at the time had to leave for personal reasons.

Back to the drawing board- this time searching for a Drummer with no success.  They were out of options when Jeff’s Roommate Jesse asked if he could Audition.  Jeff didn’t even know he played Drums!!  The rest as they say is history. 

Black Valentine is a true testament of perseverance, hard work, and dedication and the countless hours of writing has paid off with their Debut Album World Gone Wrong

Drenched in attitude, these 13 Tracks inject emotions that range from Aggression and Anger to Hurt and Pain to Sorrow and Loss to frustration and discontent from Political, Economic, and Religious Corruption. Each Track literally screams what most of us have felt and thought- wrapped up in perfectly accessible and catchy Songs delivered with exceptional Musicianship.

The Songwriting is direct and crisp and the Production Standards are well beyond what you'd expect from a Major Label Release, let alone something Independently Recorded.

The Attitudes from these Songs are brought to an even higher level thru their incredible Live Performances. And Black Valentine is just getting started. Though their Debut Album has just been Released, the Band already has it's eyes set on their next Recordings.

Black Valentine is not a Band to be missed. With plans to support their Release by playing anywhere and everywhere, Black Valentine will bring their brand of raucous, loud, and electrifying performance to the stage.

Lyrics

Marigolds

Written By: Frank Yanno

They Made me turn and walk away
Just like I didn't care.
I heard the door lock with a "click"
As I left you stranded there.

They've taken everything from you
to save you from yourself
And given you a hideway
They've put you on a shelf

(Bridge)
I'm trying hard so understand...
That I'm gonna be there for you.

(Chorus)
I'll call you on the phone and
I'll bring you sweet Marigolds
I'll wait until you're whole and
Then when you're you
I'll bring you home.

How are you doing today?
Do you know what day it is?
Things haven't been quite the same
It's hard to live like this.

(Bridge)
I'm trying hard so understand...
That I'm gonna be there for you.

(Chorus)
I'll call you on the phone and
I'll bring you sweet Marigolds
I'll wait until you're whole and
Then when you're you
I'll bring you home.

(repeat)
And I'm gonna be there for you

November 17th

Written By: Frank Yanno

PAPER, PENCIL, EMPTY PAGE.
SOMEHOW I JUST CAN’T SEEM TO
FIND THE WORDS TO SAY.

I WANNA KNOW JUST HOW I COULD
THINK I’D BE BETTER OFF INSTEAD?
I MADE YOU LEAVE. NOW I SEE
JUST HOW MUCH YOU MEANT TO ME.

HEY! I KEEP LIVING OUT THE SAME DAY…
WATCHIN’ YOU WALK AWAY
WATCHIN’ YOU WALK AWAY

LONELY MORNING. EMPTY CHAIR.
KEEP HOPING I’LL WAKE UP TO
FIND YOU SITTING THERE

AND I WANNA KNOW JUST HOW I CAN
GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD.
AND EVERY MINUTE I’M AWAKE, DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH MORE I CAN

TAKE… LIVING OUT THE SAME DAY…
WATCHIN’ YOU WALK AWAY
WATCHIN’ YOU WALK AWAY

HEY! I WAS STANDING IN THE RAIN…
WATCHIN’ YOU WALK AWAY
WATCHIN’ YOU WALK AWAY

I WISH I COULD CONVINCE MYSELF
IN THE DARK, LYING WIDE AWAKE..
BUT I KEEP SEEING THE LOOK OF DISBELIEF
ON YOUR FACE!

Papercuts

Written By: Frank Yanno

Paper cuts you like a knife...
pretty crimson drops of life.

Got a papercut on my tongue today licking envelopes from the bills I paid!

Sometimes things just happen... they happen.
Sometimes life just tries to kick you when you’re down!

Papercuts can bite and sting.
Maybe I just missed something.

Saw an accident on my way to work. What a waste of life in the mirror!

Just when you least expect it someone turns around and tries to pull you down to the ground.
Just when you thought that it was over, it ain’t over.
It can get much worse than this!

Discography

NINETIMESTEN
The Letter
Sometimes Things Just Happen
Lost in the "Everyday" (unreleased)

Set List

We have a Huge Catalogue of Original Music and Remakes that are rehearsed and ready to go. We can Play a Half Hour Set to 2 Full Hours. We have an Acoustic Set worked up as well. On any given night we could play the following:

Papercuts
Fire Sale
Bash it Up
Marigolds
Nothing to Say
Revolutions
November 17th
All Fall Down
Pretty
Don't Change (INXS remake)
Fallen Angel
Breathe
3 Wishes
Black Valentine
Crash
Get What You Give
Lost in the Everyday
Sanctuary
Talking out of Turn
Trapped
Happy (When You're Gone)
Loot
Black Country Woman (Led Zeppelin remake)