Once toted as “a band you need to listen to” by BUST Magazine, VALLENS are an undefinable quartet drawing from Abba, This Mortail Coil, film, and more influences than one would expect of their vexing and fervid sound. “Hard to pin down, their chorus-friendly sounds invoke UK bands like Lush, while their noisey breakdowns are more akin to Sister-era Sonic Youth. Vocalist/Guitarist Robyn Phillips has that rare-quality voice that sticks in your head, like the early works of Sinead O’Connor.” – Live in Limbo
Vallens upcoming “Dimmed In My Display” EP reflects upon themes of over saturation of imagery, explores the emotional response to isolation, and confronts the obscurity felt within oneself. With the EP set for an early summer release and LP 2 readying in the shadows, songwriting has expanded since their debut album, “Consent,” to the full band, with Colin J. Morgan (Cellphone), Marta Cikojevic (TOPS), and Devon Henderson (who additionally produced the EP).
Their newest material is a “dark, heavy exercises in frenetic tension building… a more corrosive version of their goth-washed noise-gaze — think less mood, more menace” as described by Exclaim Magazine. Vallens have been playing shows often and reshaping to become a more hypnotic and groove based project, leaning more on their melodic influencers, while still maintaining their dissonant unease. Often referred to as shoe-gaze, or any hashtag involving David Lynch, Vallens are now looking to explore many other topics, whether it be in subject, genre or concept — growing from these descriptors into a multifaceted unit and evolving into a whole different animal.
Currently working on their second full length album set for 2019, Vallens’ “Dimmed In My Display” EP is set to be released July 6th, 2018 via Hand Drawn Dracula.