Valentine

New York City early 90s AOR heroes Valentine, has released ‘Sandy’, the first single from their upcoming collection Demos From The Attic

Formed by childhood friends Adam Holland and Gerard Zappa, on guitar and bass respectively, they brought in first drummer Neil Christopher, then keyboard player Craig Pullman, and in looking for a special voice found frontman Hugo Valenti.

Demos From The Attic is timely release given the band’s name and comes two decades after the quartet’s debut surfaced on Giant/Reprise Records back in 1990. 

Recording began after the touring cycle for that record was completed and continued throughout 1991, as guitarist Adam Holland explained:

“We bought an 8-track recorder, a small console and some speakers, and start putting together the demos for the next record. We produced and mixed them all ourselves in Neil’s parent’s basement and my parent’s basement. We recorded so many ideas because we didn’t know which ones would go the distance.”
 
The band members weren’t even aware that between them they had so much available material, as bassist Gerard Zappa explained:

“When the label approached us about this idea, I had already moved houses and I had packed crates of cassettes and DAT tapes. But I had stored a lot of them at my sister’s. I had to ask her to rummage through the crates as I was in a different city. I had to explain the difference between a regular cassette and a DAT so she knew what she was looking for.  It was due to her patience and persistence that I was able to dust off so many songs that we are proud of to this day.”

As for the future of the band, they will continue to reunite for the occasional show every now and again – As they did last year for a very special occasion alongside their friends in Night Ranger, Danger Danger and Trixter – With no “big plans” on the cards. 

However, according to keyboardist Craig Pullman: “Even though we do not play as the band Valentine we are all still close.  And as you know, Gerard, Adam and I still play together with the Steve Augeri Band. As for Valentine. anything is possible given the right circumstances.” Demos From The Attic is available digitally by clicking here.

Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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