“When You Come to an End” Official Video

December 17th, 2014

VALENTIGER has premiered the official video for “When You Come to an End,” the first from their latest record, Stray Animals.  It was shot by the band on their iPhones over the course of one night while traveling and performing in northern Michigan and edited by Rider.  Shirey was available for comment:

 

“It was that perfect time, Fall in Michigan, where the sun is shining on everything through the crisp air and the leaves are changing.  I don’t know, everybody seems to have a pretty good feeling around that time.  Rider suggested we just collect a bunch of footage on our way up north to Short’s Brewery on a Saturday, specifically for “When You Come to an End.”  I think the song has a really personal vibe and can be confused as feeling a little dark, but, mostly, it’s just about ‘doing your thing,’ per say, and getting on with it.  So, I think Rider saw some footage of ‘us being us’ as being a really good fit for the song.  With him saying, “Any footage is good footage,” we fired up the phones and tried to remember just to shoot anything.  Fortunately, we stumbled up on that enormous lawn art place and captured a bit of footage backstage, playing shuffleboard, and drinking beers in the hotel; it created a little window into our world when we’re not up on stage.  Our individual personalities are a big part of the band and it seemed to showcase a bit of that.”

 

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VALENTIGER concludes Field Recordings with (All We’ve Got Is) The Trouble We’re In

December 3rd, 2014

Shot first and released last, “(All We’ve Got Is) The Trouble We’re In” was released this week, closing the Stray Animals Field Recordings Project.  The boys climbed atop a hill in Cincinnati, Ohio to perform the track with Shirey in standard position and Kahler playing the bell set with extreme technique and precision.  Shirey commented, “This is my favorite video of the bunch.  I really like these because it strips the song down to the bare bones, but usually there’s one odd instrument in there as well.  I like to think that maybe people will appreciate some of the finer details of the tunes in this format, like honing in on the lyrics or chord structures.  Also, maybe it makes it more boring without some of the more melodic elements of the studio tracks.  So, what might save it in that aspect is Rider’s cinemetography – always spot-on, especially in this instance.  Overall, they’re cool, captured moments in time of the band traveling and playing our newest tunes.  I always dig those off-the-cuff moments from my favorite bands.  I’m always glad we make that extra effort when we’re usually beaten up on the road.”

The band was only able to capture 6 tracks, only 4 of which made it to post production in one piece.  Is there a song that didn’t make it that you’d like to hear the boys play, as Shirey states, “off-the-cuff?”  They’re taking requests to record them.  A challenge is the only way to get them off their asses (their words).  Email info@valentigermusic.com, leave a message or comment on this site, Facebook or tweet them a request @valentiger.


“(All We’ve Got Is) The Trouble We’re In” is from VALENTIGER’s latest release, STRAY ANIMALS, available on vinyl, compact disc and digital download, here. STRAY ANIMALS is also on iTunes and just about every digital media outlet you can shake, well, anything at.

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Stray Animals Field Recordings 3/4: Ugly Side of Town (Neither Here Nor There)

November 22nd, 2014

“Ugly Side of Town (Neither Here Nor There)” makes three of four field recordings VALENTIGER is releasing this month.  The latest features Shirey plucking and teetering on a parking garage window in New York City with support from Rider on a snare drum and brushes.  Shirey commented, “There wasn’t much hope for multiple takes; the security guard was kind enough to let us finish the song.  We knew we had to go, though.”


“Ugly Side of Town (Neither Here Nor There)” is from VALENTIGER’s latest release, STRAY ANIMALS, available on vinyl, compact disc and digital download, here. STRAY ANIMALS is also on iTunes and just about every digital media outlet you can shake, well, anything at.

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“Have You Seen Her Cry?” is Second Installment in Field Recordings Project

November 14th, 2014

VALENTIGER released “Have You Seen Her Cry?” shot in Cambridge, MA – the second installment in their Stray Animals Field Recording Project.  The video is rare, given that is features all three members of the band and is shot by Eric Kehoe, who also sits in.  Enjoy – more to come!

“Have You Seen Her Cry?” is from VALENTIGER’s latest release, STRAY ANIMALS, available on vinyl, compact disc and digital download, here.  STRAY ANIMALS is also on iTunes and just about every digital media outlet you can shake, well, anything at.

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VALENTIGER Field Recordings Released

November 5th, 2014

Valentiger kicked off the latest addition to their Field Recording Project, releasing 1 of 4 videos shot while on the “Stray Animals Tour” this past July.  In a previous post, Shirey explained the difficulty of the band tackling such a project on the road.  I spoke with Shirey further at the initial viewing:

“These videos are great.  It’s a true snapshot of what we were doing at that moment on the road.  When you put a track to record in the studio it has that same ‘snapshot’ feel, but you can always edit and add extra instrumentation and sweetening.  However, the field recordings let our personality through a lesser filter; we might laugh through a whole take.  But there is no editing, no effects and there’s only so much we can do in a remote location with two microphones – that’s what I like.  It really strips the tune down so that listeners/viewers can focus on the main elements of the song with a unique visual.  Plus, we’re usually strung out on the road, which puts us in a different performance state.”

Two songs were lost in the transfer of audio/video while out on the road and the band ran out of time before they could capture all of the songs.  The four videos being released this month were the lucky, complete files to make it all the way to post-production with Shirey on audio and Rider on video.

“We’ve talked about shooting the rest of the songs from the record around our hometown, Grand Rapids, Michigan or on some of our regional stops; we’ll see,” said Shirey.   “I will say that, for now, all the field recording equipment is still traveling around with us in the van.”

So, with that, enjoy the first installment, “Stray Animals” from Barrington, RI.


“Stray Animals” is the title track from the album of the same name, available on vinyl, compact disc and digital download, here.  STRAY ANIMALS is also on iTunes and just about every digital media outlet you can shake, well, anything at.

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