Nicking a hint of the psychedelic from Conner's previous band and joining forces with younger brother Patrick, VALIS takes a much more straight forward approach to music. Sonically, it's the equivelant to tearing down walls. With a thunderingly explosive rhythym section and and equally searing guitar licks VALIS is treading familiar ground in heavy riff laden rawk but with an incredible enthusiasm and lust that's been somewhat lacking amoung the other survivors of post-grunge Seattle. Formed in the basement of Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters back in 1996, VALIS began as a casual side project for both Conner and Peters along with Van's brother Patrick (Kitty Kitty) and Kurt Danielson (TAD).
With no shortage of problems to be found in his other band Conner and company gradually shifted Valis to the front burner and by 1998 had replaced Peters with a full time drummer and released their first record, a split release with Kitty Kitty on Frank Kozik's Mans Ruin Label. All veteran's of the northwest scene the boys began paying their dues once again out on the club circuit, sharing bills with the likes of Fu Manchu and Queens of the Stone Age. With the demise of their label, VALIS signed with Sweden's Lunasound Recordings and released their first full length recording "Vast Active Living Intelligence System" to rave critical reviews in 2002. A lot has happened to the band since then.
Producer Wes Weresch officially joined as VALIS's resident "Eno" figure adding theramin, keys an array of other sound producing gadgets to their sonic arsenal. Kurt left for parts unknown making way for long time friend Adrian Makins (Kitty Kitty) to add his considerable skills into the mix. Lastly, (and maybe most importantly) VALIS has found a new home right here in the U.S.A. It's been a long winding road for VALIS.
After a scene explosion to make the stock market bust of 1929 look tame and label debacle after label debacle, Van and the boys are finally able to get back to what they started out trying to do so many years ago. After inspiring countless bands and subgenres Van Conner has come back to the music that inspired him in the first place: Rock and Roll. "Head Full Of Pills" is the kind of strong song writing and guteral psychedelic rock that could revitalize the northwests once supreme rock dynasty. Bio Copyright© Small Stone Recordings Instrumentation Van Conner - Vocals, Bass Patrick Conner - Vocals, Guitar Matt Vandenberghe - Drums Discography Partial Discography..... VALIS 1998: VALIS/Kitty Kitty Split CD/EP - Man's Ruin Records 2002: Vast Active Living Intelligence System - Lunasound/Abstract 2004: Head Full of Pills - Small Stone 2005: Champions of Magic - Small Stone 2006: Sucking the 70's 2 - Various Artists - Small Stone 2009: Dark Matter - Now on Itunes - CD Out April 14th- Small Stone 2009: Split Single with Kandi Coded - Volcom Entertainment 2009: Northwest Mind Meld - Various Artists - Small Stone - iTunes only 2) VALIS is a Chicago-based duo VALIS (featuring Jeremiah Chrome of The-Drum and Josh Foxx). Until now VALIS has mostly existed as a legend, releasing only a handful of remixes (for luminaries such as //TENSE//, Soft Metals, Inhalt, Os Ovni, and more) and amassing a huge local following from their stunning and rare live performances in Chicago.
Straddling the fine lines between classic synth-pop, industrial, and r&b, VALIS manages to fuse their influences into a whole that is far greater than the sum of its parts. For more info, please visit... https://www.facebook.com/VALISChicago/timeline https://soundcloud.com/v-a-l-i-s Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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