In a time where alternative music has largely lost its raw edge and originality, punk rock unfortunately doesn’t have the bite it once had. Ready to chomp down on the scene however, Valensole’s candid music and high-energy live performances are set to give punk rock a new lease on life. Reared by an eclectic mix of rock music, with a particular affection for Nirvana, Green Day, Sum 41, and early Foo Fighters, the band have taken their cues from past masters and have forged their own imprint and style.
Formed this year and coming at you from Southampton, Valensole have a strong DIY ethic. The band crafted and recorded their forthcoming debut EP, Where We Should Be, at their very own music space, which is used for rehearsals and now recording. Vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter, Elliott Jones, had the duty of mixing the band’s current record, and had this to say: “The tracks showcase us as a band and represent the diversity possible within this genre. We can’t wait to get out on the road and play these songs to as many people as possible”.
The EP certainly goes for the jugular, launching with the ferocious lashings of “Staple Waster”. The insanely punk-fueled bite of “Don’t Follow Me” continues to mark the band’s supremacy, as does the trio’s new single and the EP’s namesake, Where We Should Be, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmzjrSr82k4&feature=youtu.be) This track exemplifies Valensole’s raw energy, blistering drive and engaging lyrics. With a blatant DIY spirit and a gust of wind under their wings, Valensole will be hitting the road in the new year in support of their EP. Stay tapped into the band’s social sites for full details.