Alt-Pop Band Valley Reintroduce Themselves with New Single “When You Know Someone”

Inspired by Bruce Springsteen and The Killers

Alternative pop band Valley return with a brand new track, “When You Know Someone,” out now through Capitol Records/Universal Music Canada. Although the song was born out of the uncertainty in grief there’s a sense of familiarity as if Valley have returned to their roots. Karah’s harmonica blares with urgency over a loop Rob had worked on, inspired by Bruce Springsteen and The Killers, a bit of an arena-rock sound that seems like it should be soundtracking a pivotal scene in a cult classic.

“We wrote ‘When you Know Someone’ with Trent Dabbs (Kacey Musgraves, COIN, Ingrid Michaelson) who helped us channel the emptiness we were feeling,” Karah explains. “He sang the lyric ‘when you know someone, think you know someone’ and I remember all of us just feeling so exposed and so seen by him in that moment. It’s a beautiful feeling of safety when you can write a song with people that truly understand where you’re coming from, you can’t hide and that’s powerful.” 

“When You Know Someone” comes along with a music video filmed at RC Harris water treatment plant, Valley explains, “We were looking for a sense of brutalism mixed with beauty for this video and a lot of open space because the song feels very empty yet scenic.”

After a decade of making music together Valley are relearning to be a band together, entering a new chapter now as a trio. Rob Laska (lead vocalist), Alex Dimauro (bassist) and Karah James (drummer) were once rounded out by guitarist and lifelong friend Mickey Brandolino. In January, Mickey took his bandmates out and let them know that he would be leaving the band to focus on his dream of being a producer. 

After collectively processing, the stars finally aligned to work with long-time friend Chase Lawrence from COIN who was pivotal in showing them the path to making music together again. With the help of Chase, Valley put some of these feelings on paper and in doing so, rediscovered their sound. 

Valley are gearing up for a summer of festival appearances and Canadian shows with friends including hitting the stages at Calgary Stampede and Festival D’été De Québec then joining The Beaches and Dizzy at Budweiser Stage and Arkells for a run of Canadian dates. See all upcoming shows below.

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