VALENTIGER Open Mic Returns

October 7th, 2016

Hey ya’ll – VALENTIGER is back to hosting open mic at Elk Brewing.  Our first night back had a full list of great performers, keeping us bumping well into the night.  Myself, I missed the laid back atmosphere that mixes craft beer with music and camaraderie, without seeming to overwhelm.  Come down and play, come down and say ‘hey.’  It’s whatever you want it to be.  We run 8-11PM every Tuesday.  Cheers!

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My Summer – By VALENTIGER

July 27th, 2016

After the 4th of July I really partied hard with my friends.  It was totally cool!  I had so much fun!  I hope that we can do it again!   Here is a cool list of cool, fun things I did:

I drank beers at Elk Brewing.
I reprised “Here It Comes” in the name of dance.
I drank beers and listened to vintage rap in Detroit.
We tried to “cash in” to a hotel.
There was a puddle in the hallway.
VALENTIGER played on a beach.
I ended a song on my knees.
My friends got in Lake Huron.
I played shuffleboard and drank Poets.
I heard Alice Cooper’s “Under My Wheels.”
I stayed in an AirBNB above a bar.
I went to a Midwest Loons baseball game.
I played at Dow Gardens.
I saw the Tridge.
We told the audience about Face Off.
I was in Dallas, TX.
I played laser tag, bowling and shuffleboard (again).
I saw an armadillo.
I got wicked sick.
I played music next to a splash pad.
VALENTIGER took a ferry over Lake Michigan with our gear.
I played music on Mackinac Island.
My friends went to ALL the bars.
I ate a salad in bed.
I drank beers at Short’s Brewery.
Bill took a bath.
We threw a plastic bag into a ceiling fan for hours.
I went to a casino and won $5.
I spent it on beer.
I went to an A&W with a server.
I played music with my friends.
I played music in a hot yoga class.

It is hot.  I hope this Summer is still cool.  Later, Gator!

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Tuesday Practice Sessions Commence

May 6th, 2016

Valentiger has wrapped up weekly open mic at Elk Brewing in part to compensate for Summer lives, but also to begin our Tuesday practice sessions.  Don’t worry, we’re currently set to resume there around September.  This is an especially nice time for us due to the weather; we’ll be out in the remote garage setup, drinking a few beers and ‘banding.’  It’s a fairly busy season for gigging but we’re looking to keep the wheels greased and work on new material.

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 8.26.03 AMRecently, our studio computer crashed into a state of no return, leaving us in a rebuild stage; time to make some updates and improvements.  There’s a decent stockpile of demos on the hard drive and we’ll be able to recover them.  But, as we take the time to treat the space and acquire some new equipment, it’s putting us in a good position to comb through some song drafts and casually pick them apart to death.

So, cheers from the Valentiger garage this Summer.  We’re definitely out and about quite a bit this season – come out and say, “Hi.”

“Bye.”

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VALENTIGER Embarks on Good Friction Tour 2016

December 9th, 2015

VALENTIGER will be hitting the road again, performing the bulk of their latest release, Stray Animals, before heading back into the studio early next year.  Shirey says:

“I’m really glad to be doing another set of long-form touring for Stray Animals.  The shows are always great just after a record release, with the hype and all.  But now we’re seasoned a year, playing these songs live.  It’s a whole different vibe.  For those who couldn’t make it to a previous show with this record, perhaps they’ve been listening to it at home, this would be the time to come see us play these songs.  It’s our best sounding record and our best batch of songs yet, though I’m excited to start work on the next.  Maybe I’ll try to work a new tune into this tour’s set – no promises.”

But the band DOES promise to see you in these cities over the course of January and February:

1/5  Kalamazoo, MI – Union Cabaret
1/6 Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe1/7 Nashville, TN – Mad Donna’s
1/8 Terre Haute, IN – The Verve
1/9 Hamtramck, MI – The New Dodge
1/21 Grand Rapids, MI – Founders Brewing Co.
1/22 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
1/23 Milwaukee, WI – Linneman’s
2/25 Brooklyn, NY – The Living Room
2/26 Philadelphia, PA -TBA
2/27 Pittsburgh, PA – TBA

Drop the boys a line, come out to see them, spread the word – OR – all three.  Cheers 2016!

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Satellite Records (Kalamazoo, MI) January 15, 2014

January 18th, 2015

John Barrett guest reviews VALENTIGER’s set at Satellite Records in Kalamazoo for the Western Herald:

From Grand Rapids, Valentiger is a straightforward trio with folksy harmonies and a power-pop sensibility. One way to describe them: imagine Elvis Costello with a twang. Sparkling Eighties guitar patterns meet vulnerable lyrics and a fragile hurt-guy persona that fits these songs well.

When the singer picks up a Bob Dylan harmonica rack, I expect a dose of “Big Heavy Messages.” What I get is the “California Sun” drum intro, snotty “leaving town” lyrics, and great heaps of garage-band blues harp. Taking it down a notch, the next tune serves up country harmonics and liquid-smooth chiming guitar chords.

“Cry” brings on Everly Brothers harmonies and those soft sad chords, draping you in a soft blanket of loneliness. The harmonica is closer to Dylan here, and it fits. The next song seemingly travels on a wobbly rail, as clip-clopping rhythms work off chords that seem slightly askew. They finish things off with “Connection.” Perhaps the poppiest of their set, the blunt rhythmic bass pushes it along as the impassioned words are sung by both guitarists in a way that’s sharp and stunning. A few folky licks sneak through in the guitar solo, and throughout the song, it’s clear they’re having a lot of fun.

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