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Valley Lodge

by Valley Lodge

Raw guitars and gyration-worthy grooves with sharp lyrics and the kind of pop hooks that make it seem possible to love again.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Every Little Thing
3:14 album only
2. Sold
2:42 album only
3. If It Takes All Night
4:33 album only
4. All My Lovin'
2:49 album only
5. Over It
3:11 album only
6. Hey
2:43 album only
7. Naked City
3:00 album only
8. 21st Century Man
3:52 album only
9. Hanging On
4:13 album only
10. Cruel
3:23 album only
11. That Song
3:38 album only
12. Planetarium
4:04 album only


Album Notes
In an era when scores of guitar-driven rock bands are formed across the globe with each passing hour, Valley Lodge is definitely one of them. But don't let that stop you from cozying up to their nothing-short-of-delightful self-titled debut--you'd be doing yourself a huge disservice and, more importantly, the band would be seriously bummed out about it.

Your own best interests and the band's feelings aside however, Valley Lodge's twelve-song debut combines raw guitars and gyration-worthy grooves with sharp lyrics and the kind of pop hooks that get lodged in your head in that kind of way where you'll just be brushing your teeth or something and you'll notice a song playing over and over again in your head until finally your brush grinds to halt. As a minty white drool makes its way down your chin, it hits you: "Dammit, it's that Valley Lodge again!" The look on your face will suggest annoyance, but inside you'll be feeling good, really, really good about it. Now get back to brushing, sailor!

On a more practical level, the Valley Lodge album makes for an excellent listening companion while driving, squeezing in a light workout, skeet shooting, entertaining dinner parties of twelve or more, and--yes--even boning. In fact, let's just come right out and say it--the Valley Lodge album will get you laid.

It is at this point that you're probably asking yourself "Who are the guys behind all this Valley Lodge business, the very men responsible for the sudden rise in traffic in and out of my bedroom?" While the details remain fuzzy--even to the band members themselves--this much we can tell you:

It all started when John Kimbrough, formerly of the late, great Minneapolis rock trio Walt Mink, and Dave Hill, who has been known to several as a member of such obscure yet for the most part unstoppable rock bands as Uptown Sinclair, Cobra Verde, and Sons of Elvis, got together on blustery fall afternoon in Dave's tiny, bathroomless apartment in the Chelsea Hotel to compare home demo recordings, or "demos" as they are known in the trade. At first, John was reluctant to make the trek from his Brooklyn home just for the meeting, but after Dave pointed out that it was exactly this sort of detail that would make their future band's bio a far more interesting read, John happily hopped the next train into the city. Needless to say, this casual get-together--while ending in near-fisticuffs--was considered a success by both parties and, shortly afterward, John and Dave decided to combine rock forces and commit the magic to hard drive.

Since neither of them played drums, John and Dave called their friend Zach Danziger, world-class drummer and star of exactly one Ruffles potato chips commercial, and asked him to--well, you've probably figured this one out by now--play drums on their album. And as you'll no doubt agree, Zach did a really great job playing those drums. Sadly however, Zach's tenure with the band ended abruptly following his strange disappearance, a mysterious phone message saying "Turn on your TV! Turn on your TV right now! I'm on the Price Is Right!" the only hint to his still unknown whereabouts.

Confused but undeterred, John and Dave spent the next few months sneaking into a Brooklyn warehouse at night to continue tracking their album with a precision rarely seen outside of the ninja community. When they were all done, they flew out to scenic Madison, Wisconsin at the behest of D-Text Records impresario Will Tanous to mix the whole thing with longtime friend and collaborator Mr. Colson. Make up a crazy story about recording studio high jinks and insert it right here because that's exactly the kind of fun they all had together while steering this rock-n-roll ship into the shore.

Now, with their rock-capable debut shrink-wrapped and eager to find a home in your music collection, Team Valley Lodge has taken its rock assault to the stage. Joining John and Dave in rocking you, rocking you so much is drummer Rob Pfeiffer, formerly of Sense Field and also Dave's former Uptown Sinclair bandmate, and Phil Costello, known to both legal and barely legal alike as a member of such New York City rock luminaries as Satanicide, Heather, and Hair Supply. When they come to your town, by all means stop by and say hello, maybe even get all up in their business if the mood strikes you. You can check your local listings, but something tells me you'll just know these boys have come to town somehow, be it a cool breeze blowing in from the east or perhaps just a slight change in temperature in your nether regions. Yeah, somehow you'll just know. You'll know the Lodge has come to town.

-Harland Barbasol, heir to the Barbasol toiletries fortune



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Arthur N.

Some of the best songwriting I've heard in years.
Forget the fact that the chops on these guys are top-notch--after all, there are a lot of good players out there and these guys individually are fairly well-known on the indie-rock circuit--but these songs are phenomenal. Makes me think of the Kinks, Matthew Sweet and the Who among others. Great album. Would love to check them out live.


i love this band! love this album!

nancy wasen

Love this CD
This CD caught my eye when it was listed on a website called Megacritic. Someone had it on the message board of Best Music You Haven't Heard. The name, Uptown Sinclair was mentioned and I knew they had played the local college radio show here; The Sweet Spot on WRDL. I took a listen to one of their songs online and IMMEDIATELY ordered the CD. I would give it more stars if that was allowable!!
Come to Cleveland and play the Beachland and do each and every song from this wonderful CD
Nancy, a new fan


Love it!
I came upon this as a Walt Mink fan, and I was not disappointed. There is not a bad song in the bunch. Great job, guys!

Federico Hatoum

They're great
I heard them for the first time at a little theatre in NY. They were the musical guests and was struck by how well written, sung and played their songs were. Not only is the music good, but you can tell there is real rapport among the band members.


At first I thought this album didn't hold a candle to the heartfelt vocals, complex rhythms and energetic guitars of Walt Mink, but I have to admit its grown on me. At times the sugary lyrics & pop hooks make my teeth hurt, but overall its a solid album with great songs.


Not just another piece of Walt Mink nostalgia!
What's a Walt Mink fan to do but buy this album? It fulfils that nostalgic void, and more. Gits carry the lyrics perfectly. I have to admit, it took me a few listens to really get in to this album, but I'm there now and it's been in full iPod rotation since.


Power Pop heaven
These guys can play and sing their bu..., ok asses off. The tunes will stick in your head until you're demented with power pop joy. What are you waiting for?

marc sandstrom

love it.
these songs sound amazing. just ordered my copy. can't wait for it. keep on a-rocking.


Take me to the Lodge!
You guys make rock feel good again.
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