The EP was recorded with producer Matt Wilbur at The Vanguard Room (co-owned by Wilbur and former Copeland frontman Aaron Marsh), the same studio where bands like Anchor & Braille, PersonL and This Day and Age have recorded. The band has been building buzz since the release of the EP throughout the state of Texas, and they have become a go-to band for opening bigger shows in the area. They’ve already played with Lydia, Hawkboy and Deas Vail, and they’ve got a show scheduled with Lovedrug in the first quarter of 2012 – all bands we feel they compare accurately to.
Valise was also featured in AbsolutePunk.net’s “Most Anticipated of 2012” feature, with the staff writing, “With striking similarities to acts like Circa Survive and Tides Of Man, these guys are definitely a band to watch out for in 2012, as their debut full-length is sure to turn many heads.”
What people are saying about Valise:
“Containing hints of Circa Survive and PMtoday, Dreamcatcher could really put Valise on the map … For Valise, it’s the combination of ethereal vocals and mellow, haunting instrumentation that really makes them stand out … For only a debut EP, Dreamcatcher points to great things to come for Valise. From their faultless live performance to the spectacular execution throughout Dreamcatcher, Valise will leave us anxiously anticipating their debut record.” – AbsolutePunk.net (8/10)
“Their ability to transfer from soft and whispery tones to thundering choruses and verses was magnificent, and they turned heads … The set was extremely passionate: each note played (especially the awesome chorus in “Chains”) was echoed throughout the room with the most emphatic creak of passion. The atmosphere they created, the tones, and vibe given was nothing short of stellar. Believe me, they will be huge one day; go check them out. You will not be disappointed.” – MindEqualsBlown.net
More about Valise:
Hailing from Dallas, Tex., Valise is four guys playing the kind of ambient indie rock made popular by bands like Circa Survive, Lydia, Lovedrug and Deas Vail. They play a fresh brand of the genre, not letting their influences smother them into becoming carbon copies of the groups that have come before them. Formed in early 2011, the group recorded its Dreamcatcher EP with producer Matt Wilbur at The Vanguard Room, which is co-owned by Wilbur and former Copeland frontman Aaron Marsh.
After the release of the EP, which drew rave reviews from critics around the blogosphere, Valise started building up momentum around its hometown. Quickly becoming the go-to local opener for bigger shows in the area, Valise spent the latter part of 2011 playing shows with bands like Lydia, Hawkboy and Deas Vail. The early part of 2012 will see the band trekking to SXSW and playing with Lovedrug.
Rarely does such a young band get so correctly grouped into a genre during its early career, but Valise has been playing shows with the exact types of bands it should be. Now writing songs for a 2012 full-length release – which will again be recorded at The Vanguard Room – the upcoming year should only see Valise expanding its popularity and turning first-time listeners into long-term fans. With a young energy, a purposeful drive and the work ethic required to make visions of bigger things a reality, the clock is only ticking down to the time when Valise becomes a household name in the indie rock community.