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Valentiger Releases CD, Heads to SXSW


| by Kevin VanAntwerpen


time for the band, according to Drummer Scott Rider. “Normally, it would take


I


us about a year to record,” he said. “Then about six more months to mix, master and get the artwork together.” But during the recording


of Oh, To Know!, the guys slapped a deadline on them- selves, in order to have the project ready for an appear- ance at South by South West (SXSW), a film and music fes- tival in Austin, Texas, which runs from March 11-20 this year. To meet their deadlines, each member dropped work on Wednesdays during the summer of 2010 and dedicated the entire day to the project. “We’d get up super early and get there and just punch on those songs — we really focused


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T TOOK ALMOST a year for the members of Valentiger to write and record their sophomore full-length album, Oh, To Know!. One year is actually a very short


on the album as opposed to just recording when we had time.” Rider said that Oh, To Know! draws on


strong influences from artists of varying gen- erations – most notably The Kinks, R.E.M., and the Clash. “I’ve been calling this


VALENTIGER CD RELEASE Bar Divani Gallery, Grand Rapids March 5, 7 p.m. $20, 21+ valentigermusic.com


album a serial killer,” Rider said. “[The last release] had similar songs and a similar flow. This one, on the other hand, is different – every song has a personality. There are places we jump from punk to rock to folk. They’re all very individual songs.” Valentiger will release Oh, To Know! at Bar Divani in Grand Rapids, Mich. with what Rider called “not your typical release show.”


Presale tickets are on sale now for $20


apiece and can be purchased at valentigermu- sic.com. The cost includes a copy of Oh, To Know! and a wristband for draft beer the night of the show. n


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