Indie-rock Chicago-based band, Valaska released their debut full-length record, Natural Habitat, today, April 9th. Fans can listen to his stripped down, beautifully crafted songs exclusively on Under The Gun Review all day. Copeland singer, Aaron Marsh, produced the record and speaks highly of singer-songwriter, Dave Valdez’s talents stating, “The crown jewel of this Valaska record is David’s lyrical abilities. He has a truly unique way of telling stories.” Listen to ‘Natural Habitat’ here: http://bit.ly/Xqy6gb
“Natural Habitat is a record about reflecting on your life from within yourself, within your home. Its not about pointing the finger towards anyone for your sadness but yourself, everyone has their own misery. The record was recorded half on a tascam four track and half in The Vanguard Room.” – Dave Valdez, Valaska
‘Natural Habitat’ Track Listing
- On The Surface
- Spanish Needles
- Hammer and Nails
- Golden Age
- War and Peace
- In Voids
- Natural Habitat
Beginning his musical career with his Grandma’s acoustic guitar, Dave Valdez became involved in local music in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. After years of performing and touring in pop/rock bands, Dave decided to take his own approach and started writing. Valaska’s first self titled e.p., released in March of 2010, showed great potential and gained Valaska many opportunities for shows and press, although Dave was unfulfilled.
After some time taken off to write and hone his craft, Dave began changing his style to a much more raw and real sound. “I didn’t feel like my first record was truly me. After spending time away from the songs and working on what came to me, I realized I had just hit the tip of my writing nature.”
After time well spent writing solid, new, and personal material; Valaska headed back into the studio with Aaron Marsh, Producer/Engineer and lead singer of a popular indie band, Copeland, at The Vanguard Room in Lakeland, FL. With the help of Aaron, Valaska was able to create exactly what Dave had in mind. Not only did he spend many weeks with Aaron, he also spent many weeks at home recording the record through tape. Dave didn’t want to lose the feel and strength behind live home recordings. So it was incorporated into the album, making the new record both indie and polished. Scheduled to release April 9, 2013, ‘Natural Habitat’ will be Valaska’s first real album push into the indie music world. With a solid group now settling behind Dave, Valaska is now getting the chance to tour and promote effectively to create awareness of this record.