Much like their home base of New York City, A Valley Son is an anomaly. The group is comprised of three Southern transplants that grew up on Stax and Motown and one Yonkers-born Gospel drummer turned bassist, who have come together to play a Southern Gothic, harmony-laden, soul-infused brand of roots rock & roll that aims to invoke a Sunday service as much as it does a barroom.
From the outset, A Valley Son (whose name comes from the title of a deep cut from Grandaddy’s catalog) had one goal; to write and play honest songs. After seeing a generation of bands seemingly value aesthetics over substance the four members vowed to make music that strips away all of the unnecessary decoration and puts songwriting, emotion and raw musicianship back at the forefront. Their debut EP, Sunset Park, does just that.
Tracked live at Studio G in Brooklyn over a whirlwind 27 hour period, A Valley Son was determined to simply get in a room and walk out with the songs sounding the way they were played live. The stories the songs tell are no less truthful and honest than the playing. They reveal intimate details about lead singer and songwriter Trey Powell’s childhood, the confusion and anger surrounding the current social angst around the country, along with dissecting the vagaries of love and loss.
As a band that is barely a year old, this collection of songs is simply a starting point for A Valley Son, but it’s a strong one. The band will tour in support this release throughout the Northeast and Midwest, before heading back to the studio to finish up their debut full-length.
Trey - vox, rhythm guitar
Steve - lead guitar
Seth - bass, vox
Nate - drums, vox
NYC \\ SOFAR SOUNDS - ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL - MERCURY LOUNGE -
PIANOS - KNITTING FACTORY - ARLENE’S GROCERY -
THE LIVING ROOM - UNION HALL - THE WAY STATION - BIZARRE
PHILLY \\ BOOT & SADDLE - MILKBOY - BOURBON & BRANCH
RALEIGH \\ HOPSCOTCH MUSIC FESTIVAL - SCHOOLKIDS
CHICAGO\\ ELBO ROOM
IOWA \\ DAYTROTTER
"The New York based rock band...have come together to create a unique blend of Southern Gothic, harmony-laden soul-infused roots rock & roll." - Billboard
"The four-piece southern gothic group is back at it again... "it" being making dope music." - Noisey
"These tracks aren’t just any tracks, they’re well-composed melodies that blend raw emotion and beautiful instrumentals to make you FEEL the music." - Impose Magazine
"Rating: Bad-Ass" - That Music Mag
"With a lovely roots-y vibe that chugs along with purpose and a twang that seems like it belongs in a gospel service – it’s a welcome shift from the electro pop that’s been dominating the borough." - The Wild Honey Pie
"While firmly rooted in the Americana/Country genre... there’s touches of Springsteen with the lyricism and hints of The Allman Brothers’ style, all the while bringing a fresh and new NYC vibe to the mix." - Pancakes and Whiskey
"From dusty retrospectives to road-worn rockers, this new and beautifully talented band is off to a valiant start." - East of 8th
“Dark Places” is a rocktastic groover full of desert heat and kicked-up dust...A Valley Son’s Southern gothic-inspired, harmony-laden, soulful rock n’ roll invokes a Sunday service, yet is right at home in a barroom, with storytelling no less truthful and honest than the sound. - Mother Church Pew
"Between the distinctive, versatile vocals and the enthusiastic alt-country/roots rock instrumentation, AVS has a lot of pieces that can translate easily onto bigger and brighter stages." - Independent Clauses