Southern sons launch first album
Now, 10 years later, Valdaway will launch their first full-length album — Boom Shake Heartbreak — at Rockingham’s Bar Indigo at the weekend.
“We just used to muck around and jam together when we started about 12 years ago — I got the bass because I was the youngest,” Dylan said. “We changed our name about a
year ago when we decided to have a fresh start and start writing an album.”
Grogan, whose brothers Colin and Casey take the roles of lead singer and guitarist respectively, said Valdaway’s music was difficult to categorise.
He said its members each had their individual tastes — from bands of the punk persuasion to Led Zeppelin and Queen.
“I guess we have a bit of an early 90s sound, but with a bit of alternative experimental stuff thrown in,” Dylan said.
“Our parents listened to a lot of Midnight Oil and Skyhooks when we were growing up, so there’s something of a 60s and 70s sound to our music.”
Grogan said some of the tracks featured on Boom Shake Heartbreak, including the first official single Beautiful View, drew inspiration from the guys’ love of Albany.
He said the song drew on themes of avoiding taking things for granted.
“I don’t think we ever really appreciated Albany until we left,” Grogan said.
“Personally, my favourite track to play is Okay.”
Valdaway will join forces with special guests The Disappointed, Midnight Boulevard and Sound Castle at Friday’s launch. Doors will open at 8pm.