Guitarist and vocalist Ian Valor has been synonymous with a heavy, relentless rock & roll music tide. His previous project, Ian Valor & The Vendettas was an introduction to his smoky vocals and a relentless swarm of rock music. Valors is the next chapter in that progression, amplified with more aggressive guitar solos and shimmering drums on the new release Everyday Saints.
The trio of Ian Valor, Jeremy “Mel” Melzer (bass), and John Suihkonen (drums) deliver a set of 10 tracks that can fuel any vehicle for long distances. Somewhere between alternative rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures and the brooding twang of The National, Valors blazes their own brand of punk blitzed fun.
“Mean” is a prime example of the attitude and driving force of the trio. Ian’s grizzled bouts of vocals, with the sharp shreds of guitar, should instantly raise your adrenaline. The faster “Rhyme or Reason” leaves you sweaty, while “Bad Habit” follows with a steady pulse of bass and drums.
The back half of the album continues to escalate. The soaring guitar solo in “Heart Attack” pushes into your back like a mosh pit pinching you against the stage. “Long Gone” hits a sweet spot and hearkens back to the AC/DC attitude era. The bridge cooled off before hitting the full-throttle ending.
Recorded by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording, the wall of sound still allows you to define the bass and guitar parts, with the drums covering the top shelf. Each track remains consistent in its identity and character of the release. It can easily lead to a full play-through of all 10 tracks.
Everyday Saints will fill up every pinch of volume in your headphones. It feels like the rattling shake of the car when you push it to its limit, the foot heavy on the gas pedal. Valors advances their sound with a bombardment of rock punk fuel in Everyday Saints.
The album release show is set for June 11th, 2022 at Mortimer’s Bar as part of an insane TRIPLE RELEASE night of new albums. Tickets can be found HERE as this should easily sell out.