Valentiine: Self Titled

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With the single Love Like having already teased and lit up our senses a few weeks back it is fair to say that anticipation for the debut album of Australian band Valentiine had a real hunger to it, especially after the unveiling of the brilliant new single Chucky in the past few days. The self-titled release has now stepped forward to not only live up to the suggestiveness of the pair of aural temptresses posing as singles but elevated the trio to one of the most thrilling and still richly promising bands to emerge this year. It is a predator of an album that toys with and manipulates the passions for a riotous and magnetic flame of bruising seduction.

Hailing from Melbourne, the threesome of Vanessa V (guitar/vocals), Erica E (bass/vocals), and Shelly K (drums/vocals) have a sound which is to simplify things a blend of garage rock and punk. Direct and emotively intrusive it also has a grunge seeded melodic fire which sears senses and thoughts whilst rhythmic badgering deviously diverts the attention. It is a sound which has a strong familiarity but equally lays a distinct hand on the passions directly bred from the band. Since forming Valentiine has not only left their homeland enamoured but persuaded fans across Europe and the UK with their powerful and contagious sounds. A successful 22 date European tour last year was followed by the band signing with UK independent, Integrity Records (Million Dead, Reuben, Katastrophy Wife), the two singles and now album a following potent step towards world domination one suspects.

Imagine a mix of The Breeders, Spinnerette, and Veruca Salt with a healthy snarl of L7 as well as a strong pop imagination, and you artworks-000050495136-39ybnn-t500x500get a strong impression of what Valentiine ignite the passions with. As mentioned it is a sound which has a welcoming familiarity but infuses it into their singular potent invention musically and lyrically. The songs hold narratives of everyday life and situations, honestly and often starkly presented with a dark mischievousness, and all veined with addiction causing hooks and infection sparking enterprise which is impossible to resist.

     Love Like opens up the encounter, the track an even paced roam through the ear with intimidation and steel to its riveting presence. Rhythmic sinews cage the senses as the guitar unleashes sonic fire, the combination gripping attention as the excellent and varied vocals of Vanessa V coax further with a mix of riled attitude and melodic seduction. It is an outstanding introduction to the album, a caustic caress seeded in fire borne intensity and a song that secures instant attraction, though it is soon surpassed by new single Chucky. Recounting the ladies own ‘morning after’ hangover blues in graphic detail, the track first teases with guitar and vocals before stomping into a fascination of bubble gum pop and shadow clad punk ‘n’ roll. It is ridiculously addictive; its easy yet perfectly honed enticement a blend of Green Day and The Shangri-Las which leads the listener into an insatiable dance of rhythmic temptation and pop punk wantonness.

Now into the stride of the release it begins to stretch out its darker tones and imaginative ingenuity, both Birthday and Finch opening new diversity to songwriting and sound. The first is a slow burner with the grunge growl of a Nirvana or Hole, its lingering and building intensity a dramatic smack across the senses, whilst the second tenderises with a sonic niggle and drum battering within restrained emotive incitement and sirenesque cheerleader like sultry harmonies. Both are again rich and drama clad musical treats though they do have to surrender to the even greater triumphs of firstly the smouldering When You Want, a track with a more than loud Pixies whisper to its inventive crawl, and secondly the venomous Hates Me. This track is pure L7 meets Puddle Of Mudd filtered through a malevolently spiced vat of spiteful punk, its bite dangerous but alluring with epidemic charm.

As the musicianship and imagination of the band conjures more insatiable devilment and virulent enticements it is impossible not to fall for the call of the album, though when it continues to offer such glories as the scintillating Never Forget You and its twisting metallic tentacles of guitar and bass entrapment, and the rapacious and brilliant Animal, submission was always a done deal.

As the variation and thrills keep coming with further major highlights coming from the Pixiesque Better For Me and the gnarly Kick It, the album stakes its claim as on of the most impressive releases this year. Every song leaves a lingering branding on the passions and thoughts whilst satisfaction and entertainment are delivered aural manner by the twelve, it has to be said, brilliant triumphs. Valentiine will be a major band, no doubts, and their debut album destined for the classic shelf.

http://www.valentiine.com/

10/10

RingMaster 22/06/2013

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Valentiine – Love Like

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    Sipping the essences of The Breeders and The Distillers to offer their own individual riled wash of attitude and provocation, Australian garage punk band Valentiine make their debut with an impressive and impacting single. Love Like is a three minute caustic caress which leaves a tingle from song and the open promise of the band.

Hailing from Melbourne, Valentiine is an all-girl rock trio band which has been making potent impressions in their homeland over the past three years or so. Consisting of Vanessa V(guitar/vocals), Erica E(bass/vocals), and Shelly K(drums/vocals), the triplets of abrasive aural affection have lit up ‘Melbourne’s most loved dirty little pubs’, thrilled audiences at the likes of the St. Kilda Fest and the Cherry Rock festival, and at the latter part of 2012 undertaken a 22 show European tour taking in UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, as well as playing sets at OxJam Festival in Leicester and the Grungapolooza festival in Leipzig, Germany. That moment in time across Europe also caught the attention of Integrity Records (Million Dead, Reuben, Miniature Dinosaurs) who signed up the band and release their first single.

Taken from their forthcoming album, Love Like initially plays with the ear through a long guitar stroking with dour yet compelling vocals, their tone and breath instantly bringing thoughts of Brody Dalle to mind. The roam of the track never worries urgency but has an intimidating and steely presence which the likes of L7 and Distillers would have hungrily used whilst the melodic persuasion comes with menace and a contagious edge leaving only rich satisfaction as it embraces emotions and thoughts. As the song switches from gentle malice to fiery intensity early Pixies enters the equation but Valentiine still hold their own distinct stance throughout to ignite a potent promise for them and their impending album.

Accompanied by an acoustic version of the song which also manages to prowl and threaten with an equally exacting persuasion in its stripped down impressiveness, Love Like is an exciting debut from the band and sets up the strong sense that this is just the beginning of a formidable presence within femme-rock.

www.valentiine.com

8/10

RingMaster 08/04/2013

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