We had the chance to have a quick chat with Valley Hush just ahead of their debut self-titled album release. We spoke about playing live in the sun, their first vinyl release and the future!
Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce your band.
We’re called Valley Hush and we’re a dream/experimental pop band based in Detroit, MI. There are two of us that write everything (Lianna & Alex), and we play live as a four piece. Our two-year anniversary was yesterday. <3
Your debut self-titled album has just been released! How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never listened to you before and what should we expect from this release?
The music has elements from a lot of different genres. You could sum it up to some sort of dream-pop indie experimental mashup. Think Lana(Del Rey)/Grimes/Gorillaz/Tame Impala.
What originally sparked your desire to make music?
Lianna: I used to play in a band when I was really young that just did covers for fun, and then we started writing our own music. I remember the first song that I wrote lyrics and a melody for, and something clicked because it was so freeing. I never stopped after that song, and now my desire comes from wanting to write in a way that most people can relate to. I think of people listening to our music through significant times in their life, and that keeps me going.
Alex: when I was ten years old my parents asked me if I wanted to pick an instrument to learn how to play. I picked guitar and started taking lessons, but I hated it and never practiced so we cancelled the lessons. Four years went by without ever touching it and then one day I picked it up again and learned how to play a chord and it’s been pretty much off to the races since that day. Can’t really explain why. Something about hearing the harmonies coming from the chord that just really struck me back then.
If you could play at any venue or festival in the world, where would it be and why?
Any big outdoor festival is the dream for us, ideally at night when everything is lit up and the lights are tripping everyone out. There’s something pretty magical about the energy at festivals that is incomparable. We played at MoPop Festival last summer and although it was an opening slot, we got a taste of playing on a huge stage with great sound and the sun beating down on us. I honestly think our sound and live set would go across really well in the festival circuit and the people there really want to be there.
Finally, have you got anything to share regarding possible upcoming gigs and what have you got planned for the remainder of 2016?
We have our album release show November 25th at El Club in Detroit where we’re releasing our first vinyl pressing, which we’re super excited about. We’re writing the next album now and the stuff coming out so far sounds realllllyyy sick!