One of the ways I hear a lot of new music is just by watching what bands I love are listening to, other bands that they promote, and bands with whom they tour. Probably a good 50% of my “new in rotation” music is found this way. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a handful of my favorite Texas bands talking about a band called Saints of Valory. Regrettably, it took me until now to listen to them.
Holy crap, what have I been missing?
This Austin-based quartet is the real deal. With super international influence bleeding through from its well-traveled, multi-national band members (Brazilian, French man, American and Canadian), Saints of Valory’s debut record The Bright Lights is just great modern rock n’ roll – it’s not indie hipster kid stuff, but real, guitar-centered, melody-driven rock. All the band members have worked producing music in the past, and one did scoring for films, and that experience shines through in the sheer quality of the music. If you like Kings of Leon, Coldplay, and Alpha Rev, you should check this band out because you’re bound to find something you love on this record. It is not an exaggeration to say that this is the only record I’ve listened to for the past week – I’ve played nothing else since I bought it.
Seriously crushing on them right now. In a big, big way.
The band has been around since 2008 where they got together in Atlanta, although they say that they all sort of met in Rio. A trip to SXSW inspired their fairly recent move to Austin, and now they are firing on eight cylinders. I encourage you to check out the Vivogig Podcast interviewing Saints of Valory at SXSW. It’s chock full of great info on the band, including who Valory is (a real person, actually), and most of all, it showcases their true passion for music…it’s inspiring to hear musicians who talk about loving music for music’s sake.
And if you’re a more visceral person, just watch this video of the record’s title track from the fine folks at Do512, Austin’s hippest little social happenings group. Then go buy yourself The Bright Lights.