The Valediction
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The Valediction


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"Valediction makes pop music that shimmers like the air on a hot summer afternoon. Formed in 2004, the melodic foursome writes songs that are as sweet and pretty as perfectly formed wisps of cotton candy."

~Cortney Harding
- The Tribune (Portland)


Demo: "The Valediction" (2006)
EP: "The Kidnapped Chance" (2008)



Because of the influence...

In the spring of 2003 guitarist Chris Elkorek visited his old high school friend, David Holmberg, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The two began collaborating on songs which would eventually form the band's musical foundation. Following the visit, they decided to meet in Portland, Oregon to form Valediction.

From Under the Ice Cap...

Four months later they arrived ready to work on new material and find others to help fulfill their sound. The melodic and trembling tone that became indicative of Valediction was present in their earliest songs, such as the melodic & sweeping "Caution to the Wind" and the moody "Valediction." Despite line-up changes, Valediction began making a name for themselves in the Portland underground music scene. Their early demo album, recorded at Portland's Jackpot Records, secured local interest. The band found success playing well known Portland venues like The Holocene & Berbatis. After taking a one year hiatus to work on new material and travel, the band returned in 2007 featuring David's brother, bassist Jack Holmberg. Jack brought experience and unique character to Valediction. Additionally Ryan Mauk, arriving fresh from Ithaca, New York joined the group. Mauk's mix of rock and jazz influences added a creative and new spirit to the band.

Melodic & Trembling...

In the winter of 2008 Valediction completed it's 5 song EP, The Kidnapped Chance, on their own label, Glass Hands. Featuring a blend of their earliest and newest songs, The Kidnapped Chance is enchanting and melodic providing reflective moments and uplifting crescendos. The opening track "Something True", begins the album with an atmospheric mood of melodic tones underneath David's sincere and guiding vocals. With "Far From Now"? a driving and catchy rhythm engages and invites one to reflect on the lovely illusions of life. "Still in Remission"? captures realization and struggle with beautifully laid guitars and a tasteful mix of drums and bass. "Gone"? introduces a mix a musical influences and features percussive drumming hooks. The EP concludes with "Inspiration"?, an enchanting epic filled with moments of simplicity and powerful melodic crescendos. Following the release of the The Kidnapped Chance, Valediction seeks to begin work on a full-length album which in late summer of 2008. With summer approaching the Valediction looks ahead.