Valence

Valence

 New Rochelle, New York, USA
BandRockProgressive

Valence is a breath of fresh air for anyone tired of music formulated to fit into a box, and longs for an unadulterated form of sonic expression. The band recently won an Independent Music Award for “The Reckoning,” off of their 2014 EP, Laser Baron. Meanwhile, the band has developed a reputation as a crushing force in the southern New York heavy music scene, opening for acts such as Consider the Source, Angel Vivaldi, Kayo Dot, and playing the official afterparty for Clutch and The Sword.

Biography

Valence is a breath of fresh air for anyone tired of music formulated to fit into a box, and longs for an unadulterated form of musical expression.  It’s usually labeled Progressive Metal, but that alone doesn’t do the music justice, defying genres it blends in a disparate array of influences from metal to progressive rock to jam and more.  It’s about not limiting the language of expression to one style of music or another, but more about finding the finesse to fuse these influences into something new and modern that still feels cohesive.


Recently, the band won an Independent Music Award for their song “The Reckoning,” the closing track from the band’s 2014 EP Laser Baron, which has been described as “like a miniature symphony” (Metal Temple) and “what an instrumental album should sound like” (Metal Gallows).  It’s a strong follow up to their 2012 debut LP Sleepwalker, which itself was lauded for it’s “many 180 degree turns in song structure, multiple time signature shifts and a whole heap of anthemic drama. It’s exciting, engaging music.” (Alternative Control)


Between the awards and rave reviews, the band has developed a reputation as a crushing force in the greater New York City area’s live music scene.  They’ve opened for Angel Vivaldi, Consider the Source, Andrew WK, Kayo Dot, and played the official afterparty for Clutch and The Sword at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY.  Their live shows and tours have taken them all across the Northeastern US, and as far north as Toronto, Canada for the NXNE music festival.  The band is currently in preproduction for a new record that, characteristically, takes their music into new directions with new instruments, effects, and inspirations.  The band will be going into the studio sometime around the new year, but in the meantime you can hear the band’s evolution in sound at one of their many upcoming shows.

Discography

Laser Baron (EP) - June 2014

"The Reckoning" was awarded "Best Metal/Hardcore Song" at the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards.  The title track has been played on numerous radio stations, including WSOU Seton Hall, and WEMF in Boston.  The album can be streamed here: http://valence.bandcamp.com

1. Laser Baron 5:22
2. Wormhole 4:31
3. The Reckoning 6:23

Sleepwalker - June 2012

The entire record was played through from to back on TBFM online, and the track "Tempest Tides..." was featured or requested several weeks in a row on WSOU 89.5 out of Seton Hall, NJ. "Tempest Tides..." was also performed live on air on Zedalza, NY online.

1. Sleepwalker 3:17
2. The Depths 7:19
3. To Dust, Across Dimensions 3:09
4. Tempest Tides... 3:20
5. ...Burned to Desert 3:40
6. From Ashes, Reborn 3:07
7. Winds of Zephyr 5:34
8. Lucid Dream 5:14

Set List

25 - 30 min
Laser Baron
Wormhole
The Reckoning
To Dust, Across Dimensions
Tempest Tides...
...Burned to Desert

or

40-45 Minutes
Sleepwalker
The Depths
To Dust, Across Dimensions
Laser Baron
Wormhole
The Reckoning
Winds of Zephyr
Lucid Dream
Extra song

We can do longer or varied set lists beyond this. We've done 2.5+ hours between two sets in the past.