NYC power pop band Valley Lodge will release its new album, Fog Machine, on October 19 via Tee Pee Records. The group’s fourth album was recorded and mixed by Tom Beaujour (Guided By Voices, Nada Surf) at Nuthouse Recording in Hoboken, NJ and is the follow-up to Valley Lodge’s 2013 LP, Use Your Weapons, which was hailed as “chiming” by SPIN and “pretty rockin’” by The A.V. Club.
The first single from the LP is “Stand”, which comes with an interesting backstory. Hill explains: “Stand” is the song that is playing right now at the alternate universe high school mixer that a 15 year-old Dave Hill is trying to psych himself up to go to even after he has accidentally spilled his brother’s Polo cologne on his crotch. Something by Foghat comes on immediately afterward and somehow it all works out fine. Also, Lily Mastrodimos from Long Neck sings with me on this one and she crushes it.” Hear Valley Lodge’s new song “Stand” at this location: https://soundcloud.com/actionmedia/valley-lodge-stand or at the end of this post.
Valley Lodge is basically the best rock band that you think you’ve never heard of, but that you already totally know. The band’s wildly popular song “Go” is the theme song to HBO’s late-night news satire program ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’. Valley Lodge is known for infusing their hook-saturated songs with a sense of humor – no surprise since they’re fronted by comedian Dave Hill – and although they are more famous in Japan than they are here in the States, that’s all about to change. The group’s new LP, ‘Fog Machine’, is a 14-track smorgasbord of unbelievably catchy tunes that will put you in its thrall and make you strut around the house doing Mick Jagger moves long after everyone else in the house is fast asleep.
“We’re super excited for people to hear ‘Fog Machine’, our fourth album,” adds Hill, who has regularly appeared on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Inside Amy Schumer, Comedy Central’s @midnight, and the public radio program This American Life. “Somehow Valley Lodge has managed to be a band for fourteen years now. It’s like we’re Molly Hatchet or something (speaking of fog machines). This whole time, Valley Lodge has always been about having fun and celebrating the guitar-driven, melodic rock we’ve always been into – bands like Cheap Trick, the Kinks, Big Star, Slade, the Replacements, T. Rex – and whatever else we can squeeze in there (whether it be something we stole from Michael Jackson or a right-hand tapping guitar solo after the producer begged us not to). A friend once told me we were like “an older Hanson.” I took it as a great compliment. Now if we could only get the hair right.”
Valley Lodge consists of an all-star constellation of New York indie luminaries the aforementioned guitarist / vocalist Dave Hill (Painted Doll, ex-Cobra Verde, Sons of Elvis), guitarist / vocalist Phil Costello (Tragedy Witch Taint), bassist Eddie Eyeball (2 Skinnee J’s) and drummer Rob Pfeiffer (Sense Field). Valley Lodge plays music that has been called “Some of the best Power Pop since Cheap Trick’s glory days” and is highly recommended for fans of T. Rex, Big Star, Raspberries, Thin Lizzy, Matthew Sweet, Slade, the Kinks, and probably a bunch of other stuff too.
Did we mention that Dave Hill can rock an ascot like no other bad ass guitar player you’ve ever seen?!? Believe it.
1.) Stars Won’t Fall
2.) Stand (stream here)
3.) Come Back to Bed
4.) I’m Gone
5.) It’s Alright
6.) I’m Your Man
7.) Keeping This World Alive
10.) Let’s Go to the Woods
12.) I Don’t Mind
Pre-order Fog Machine at this location: https://teepeerecords.com/products/valley-lodge-fog-machine-cd-our-october-19
Find Valley Lodge online at ValleyLodgeHQ.com and follow the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/valleylodge/