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We're excited to announce VALENTIGER will be opening for Gin Blossoms 5/29 at 20 Monroe Live!  If you were anywhere near conscious in the 90's, no need for explanation.  If you find yourself unawares, just flick over to YouTube for a taste of catchy jangle pop contained within undeniable hit singles.

I have always enjoyed listening to Gin Blossoms and maybe even more so as time has passed.  It's that pop sense with good lyrics.  But the band also has what's often missing in most cases where those two things are present - that magic when it all comes together perfectly, if but for just a moment in time.

VALENTIGER is no stranger to the term 'jangle pop,' with even our drum set having been described as jangling, however that may be.  This can undoubtedly be traced back to the band's penchant for 50s, 60s and 70s rock and pop.  But we're also 2/3 children of the 90s and I've still got a New Miserable Experience cassette around the house - this is all adding up.

I think it's safe to say some things run parallel between these two bands (other than one being famous and one clearly not), which should make for a great show this upcoming Tuesday, May 29.  You can catch your pals, VALENTIGER, banging out a dense set of 'hits, favorites and a few new ones' in a state-of-the-art venue, as well as jam out to a what I can only assume a similar plan (on a whole 'nother level) from perpetual radio mainstays, Gin Blossoms.  You'll hear some things you know, some things you like; you might ponder...you might even find yourself jangling in time, mid-sip.  I think lead singer Robin Wilson sums it up with a principle VALENTIGER has also held dear over the years as well: 

“We’re entertaining and we have chops,” says Wilson, “but it really comes down to the songs. The reason we’re still here is that we have good songs. When young musicians ask me for advice, what’s the best thing to do to further my career, I always say, write good songs. It always comes down to that.”

Well we all try, anyway.  Amen, brother; see you Tuesday.

VALENTIGER NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2018

VALENTIGER premiered a new video on Sunday, March 25th.  It was produced for the annual NPR Tiny Desk Contest and features Shirey in a solo performance with acoustic guitar.  Outside and donning a jacket in cool Spring temps, he both gently plucks and seems to strum with a sense of urgency on the new track, "No Good Time."  Shot at dusk, the video captures that feeling of the swelling sunlight, as the  birds call their day to an end; a very nice fit with this call to action.  Shirey comments on the video itself:

"It was coming down to the deadline for the video and we just decided it would be the best use of our resources for me to make the video myself.  So, I tried a few locations and this one stuck right from the get-go; leaning back, with the feet up in the shot and everything.  The sunglasses became practical as the sun went down and also relaxed the shot and performance.  If you know a thing or two about videos, you know making them by yourself can be a pretty daunting task - especially when audio is a lot of the focus and performance is involved.  There were two microphones, the recording setup, the camera, the set, the lighting - the list goes on before you even perform the song.  And to top if off, I chose to play a newer song that I'm not even all that familiar with...because that's what I was most excited about playing.  But, outside of it being a characteristically boring, single-shot video, I think a lot of things came together.  The lighting, the birds, the raw take, the colors and the text work in post; not bad for a one-man operation on short notice."

Previous NPR entries can also be seen via YouTube.  In 2015, the group chugged out a full-band, live version of "CONNECTION" in cahoots with Jen Fodor of I Love Music podcast.  2016 found Shirey solo again with a live take on "Ugly Side of Town (Neither Here Nor There)" - it just may rival the album version.  Rider and Shirey teamed up to create an all-analog entry for "The Dawn Just Ain't Enought Anymore" in 2017.  Shot with a VHS camcorder, Shirey gives a solo performance recorded with two SM57s into a 1/2" reel-to-reel.