Valeluna
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Valeluna

Houston, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF | AFM

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Alternative Progressive

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In Your Presence EP - 2013
In Your Absence LP - 2014

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A microcassette tape recorder sat in the center of the room as cousins Justin Allison and Ty McMahon began a musical improvisation session. Equipped with an analog keyboard and acoustic guitar, they sought an escape from their boredom. This ritual had become somewhat of commonplace for the duo when the monotony of everyday life became overbearing. 
These recordings sat idle for years, until the duo was invited to causally record cover songs at Houston's legendary Sunrise Sound Studios. After recording a few sessions, the cousins rediscovered their old rainy day tape recordings and decided to continue building upon ideas. The duo tracked guitars for a three song EP and programmed all other instrumentation; thus the foundation of Valeluna was laid. Lacking the depth they envisioned, the duo recruited band members Aaron Skipper and Ricky Ward as drummer and bass player, respectively. 
All hailing from differnt musical backgrounds, the individual influences of each member catalyzed an evolution in the band's style. The results were quickly self-evident after bursting into the Houston music scene in February 2014 as finalists in Gorilla Music's Battle of the Bands and performing for Houston's 94.5FM's Texas Buzz. Valeluna then went on to definitively win the Houston Battle of the Bands Finals in August 2014 to become the champion of over 50 bands in the city. In December 2014, Valeluna's debut album, "In Your Absence", was named a top album of 2014 by local media outlets. And only nine months after their live debut, Valeluna was voted "Best Rock Band" in the 2014 Texas Buzz Music Awards. 
Valeluna, roughly translated to "goodbye moon", was established upon the idea that music should be a vessel that enables the listener to meditatively travel elsewhere. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that, "Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto." By combining post-rock's calming ambience, classic rock inspired guitar and vocals, progressive rock influenced drumming, and melodic bass grooves, Valeluna's sound will envelope you in an atmosphere of emotional rock music and take you on a journey through soothing soundscapes to powerfully orchestrated anthems.
 The quartet's debut album, "In Your Absence" is now available for digital streaming and download here

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