South­ern sons launch first al­bum

Southern Telegraph - - Entertainment -

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.

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