Brisbane’s The Valery Trails launch their new album, The Sky Is Blue, with support from Big League (VIC) and Royal Chant (NSW).
Andrew Bower (vocals/guitars), an expatriate Australian then living in Houston, Texas enlisted his brother Sean Bower (bass – Grand Atlantic) and Dan McNaulty (drums – WE ALL WANT TO) in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia to form The Valery Trails. The band announced itself in 2012 with the debut album Ghosts and Gravity , combining influences ranging from post-punk through shoegaze and classic 90s indie rock.
Further albums followed in 2014 (Buffalo Speedway) and 2016 (Chameleon Bones), charting on US college and specialty radio and receiving accolades from the US and further afield, including outlets such as PopMatters, The Big Takeover, Magnet, American Songwriter and many more. Now, their fourth album takes the band’s sound to a new level.
“… a glorious collection of antipodean indie pop vignettes… ‘The Sky Is Blue’ is a beautiful collection of acutely personal reflections delivered with an optimistic grace and stature, empowered by an inherent power and muscularity.” (Backseat Mafia)
It’s been a busy year – the Introvert Blues EP came out in February, followed by the Disappear EP in May. Now, with their fourth album, The Sky Is Blue , The Valery Trails have been enjoying substantial airplay in the US and Australia, with the first reviews of the new album heralding a major leap forward for this quintessentially Brisbane band. For this show, the live band is augmented by Tim Steward (Screamfeeder) and Skye Staniford (WE ALL WANT TO).
Melbourne’s Big League are along for the ride, having just returned from a US tour. Their second album, A Symbol Like a Cloud, sees them leaning hard into classic ’90s-era indie-rock.
Port Macquarie’s finest, Royal Chant, have also just released a new album, the noise-meets-tunes guitar pop of Anyways and also Sorry , which crackles with attitude and energy.
If you’re into classic guitar bands from the 90s, you’ll love this show…