Saturday, November 13, 2010
Desert Rock From Cincinnati-Valley Of The Sun
You wouldn't exactly think of Cincinnati as a place to find Desert Rock, but Valley of the Sun has accumulated a legion of fans begging for the Kyuss-influenced band by playing to near capacity crowds around the many local bars and venues as well as garnering a spot on the upcoming November 14th show with Priestess and Naam at the Mad Hatter in Covington, KY.
Citing influences ranging from the aforementioned Kyuss to Black Flag, the band manages to combine a nice blend of typical Stoner Rock grooves with a little bit of a punk mentality and a nice retro classic rock feel. The band has made their most recent EP "Two Thousand Ten" available for free download on their Bandcamp page.
What others are saying:
"The Ohio four-piece use: amps, drums, and rock and roll, to create five tracks of fast-growl stoner-boogie. A love of British psychedelia and desert rock results in a stoner-metal sound that Blue Cheer and Sabbath first pioneered, and a genre that thousands of bands have attempted to perfect ever since. On first listen, it is an easy to dismiss this EP, as it does absolutely nothing new. However, as the octaves bleed and the fuzz starts to drain through the amps, a short slab of 70’s guitar-thunder unfolds. ‘Centaur Rodeo’ is an elemental blast of old-school rock escapism, earning every grunt and howl. Drummer Aaron Boyer keeps things moving admirably, throwing in all sorts of berserker fills, as Casey Beagle and Ryan Ferrier take care of the riffs. Considering that the Cincinnati retro-rockers only got together in June, they have already secured shows with Priestess and Naam. Valley of the Sun stride through this EP with swagger and assurance."-Chybucca Sounds
"Ohio doesn’t churn out to many bad bands these days and the next one is no exception. The band is Valley of the Sun and they’re from Cincinnati. The midwest, as many know, is usually cloudy and almost gloomy this time of the year, Valley of the Sun lights it up. There isn’t a gloomy thing about their heavy stoner rock. I can hear influences such as Dozer, Truckfighters and Deep Purple. Very cool stuff indeed. There’s 5 songs on this just released EP."-The Soda Shop