Valley of the Sun is a stoner rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio. The group produces driving desert rock with melodic vocals. Their riffy songs are known for being upbeat and positive. The band is made up of Ryan Ferrier on guitar and vocals, Aaron Boyer on drums, and new member Chris Sweeney on bass and keys. Josh Pilot is also part of the lineup as touring guitarist.
Their new album, Old Gods, will be released on May 24th through Swedish label, Fuzzorama Records. Singer Ryan Ferrier revealed that the album explores themes such as addiction, fear, uncertainty, and loss. Ferrier also cited the death of his sister, soon after work completed on their last album, 2016’s Volume Rock, as a major influence on his writing for this record. The album features beautiful artwork with religious iconography and a mandala, and many of the songs make references, at least in their titles, to Hindu gods such as Shiva and Gaia.
The band has released a single from the upcoming album called Means the Same. The song is super catchy and upbeat, with plenty of melodic vocals and guitar leads. Boyer’s percussion work is planned out and well produced, with punchy drums and great sounding cymbals. Listen for the cool stereophonic drum fills in the intro. The rhythm guitar and bass meld perfectly, overlaid by Ferrier’s lively guitar leads, intertwining melodies with the vocals. The lyrics are reflective and the vocals are performed confidently. The result is something akin to Colour Haze and Corrosion of Conformity. Pre-order the album on Bandcamp and check out the single, Means the Same, today.
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