Australia’s leading international independent record label, Golden Robot Records continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. The labels indie focused sub-label, Riot Records is absolutely thrilled to announce that Los Angeles quartet Valley Queen are now part of their ever-growing international roster! Valley Queen recently signed a deal with Riot Records for the world ex-North America which will see their highly anticipated debut length album, Supergiant released in those territories in 2019.
The bands vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Natalie Carol says of the signing ‘Valley Queen is honoured and excited to be joining the Riot Records / Golden Robot Records family! We really look forward to seeing the music of Supergiant make its way to Australia, Japan, and Europe, with additional tracks added to the album as a surprise. We hope to make our way to these places soon and perform these songs to you live!’
Mark Alexander-Erber Group Founder and President says of signing Valley Queen ‘You only have to read the incredible reviews out of the US to see why we were super keen to sign this incredible act , we have worked with Roll Call Records in the US before and this is another venture together, I felt VQ perfectly felt at home under the Riot Records brand , this album from start to finish is so rich in texture and brilliant songwriting , I actually listen to it most days and I cant wait for the rest of the world to hear it for themselves’
Valley Queen formed in 2011 and after a series of singles, released their first EP in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim and toured so much to support it that two members quit citing exhaustion. Forging ahead with session players in tow, frontwoman Natalie Carol and bassist Neil Wogensen continued but when it came time to record what was to become Supergiant, the chemistry required simply wasn’t there. The blood sweat and tears that solidified the band in those formative years needed to be captured on record and after some soul searching, original guitarist Shawn Morones was back in the fold. New drummer Mike DeLuccia cemented the line up and the band hit the studio almost immediately.
The result is Supergiant. Produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Fool’s Gold, Nikki Lane, FIDLAR), the album jumps out of the speaker with its raw production and relentless intensity.
It’s a record that could not have been made any other way each member bringing their own creative force and energy to every song. It’s about self-exploration not just as an individual but also as a collective whole. “It can be really painful and isolating to go through something that doesn’t really look like anybody else’s experience but your own” Carol says in reflecting on Supergiant’s intensity. “But ultimately that’s part of the beautiful orchestration of being alive—instead of trying to go around that experience you need to go fully into it. I think that’s the only way to get a deeper understanding of who we really are.”
With their feet firmly planted in the country and southern rock that Natalie Carol has ingrained in her DNA from growing up in Arkansas and a healthy does of indie rock that ranges from Sonic Youth to Florence and The Machine, Valley Queen appeal to a very diverse range of fans.
Most recently Valley Queen wrapped up a huge 5 week tour of the US opening for So-Cal legends, Social Distortion and country star, Justin Townes Earle, which saw them bridging the music gap between those two acts perfectly. Valley Queen are preparing for a major US tour in February 2019 with plans to visit the UK and Europe by mid year. Supergiant will be released in the UK, Europe, ANZ and Japan in early 2019.