When lead guitarist Ty Mc Mahon reached out to me regarding his band Valeluna’s new album, “Affinity”, I was super excited to give it a listen. I immediately watched the teaser video for “Affinity”on their Facebook page, and thought to myself, “why the HELL haven’t I heard of these guys before??”… their sound reminds of me of so many bands I love: A Perfect Circle, Pink Floyd, and Coldplay, just to name a few… that dark, atmospheric aesthetic that swells into dramatic and vivid picturesque storms.
“Affinity” is an album that MUST be listened to as a whole. It takes you on a voyage, a spiritual and emotional journey on high, stormy seas to calm shores and then back out again. It is an album that will move you as you move with it. Every song is tied together with flawless segues… trumpet, delayed guitars, backwards loops, synths and pianos… at times I couldn’t establish when one song had ended and the next song began, which was a brilliant strategy for the overall theme of this record.
I learned a bit more about Valeluna and some of their accomplishments after visiting their website ( http://valeluna.com ):
“Since the band’s outset in February 2014, Valeluna has made their presence felt in the Houston music scene. Along with performing for Houston’s 94.5FM’s Texas Buzz, Valeluna competed against and would eventually become the champions of over 50 bands in the Houston Battle of the Bands Finals in August 2014. Shortly after, Valeluna released their debut full-length album, In Your Absence. In addition, Valeluna would be voted “Best Rock Band” in the 2014 Texas Buzz Music Awards.”
Here’s the teaser video for “Affinity”. Valeluna says this in regards to the video:
“This video embodies everything we have worked for in the last two years. Literal blood, sweat, and tears have gone into our craft. This video represents every up and coming musician everywhere. It exhibits the art with the struggle. Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Fight for your passion. Because your passion, and your desire to fight for it, defines who you are as a person.”
I literally couldn’t have said any of those words better myself! What truth… what passion and respect these guys have for their craft. It’s EXTREMELY evident in their music.
“Affinity”will officially be available this Saturday, July 23, 2016, BUT….. you can get the album before its release date by preordering it on Valeluna’s website at: https://valeluna.com
There are also several preorder exclusives and bundles that can only be purchased through the band’s website.
ALL PREORDERS WILL RECEIVE FREE ENTRY FOR YOU AND YOUR PARTY TO VALELUNA’S ALBUM RELEASE SHOW AT SCOUT BAR (18307 Egret Bay Blvd, Houston, TX, 77058) on SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016.
This will be Valeluna’s first performance in eight months, so you will not want to miss this album release show!
Ticket prices (without preordering the album) range from $7-$15.
You can check out more of Valeluna’s music by visiting their Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages: