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Valley Lodge, Roger That, Human Racehorses
Knitting Factory New York
101 Avenue A - New York, NY 10009
Sat June 15 8:30 pm (Doors: 8:00 pm)
21 and up
$15.00 Tickets

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Valley Lodge

New York City power pop band Valley Lodge are back, rising like a phoenix or some other bird
that bursts into flames for no apparent reason, with their fifth album Shadows in Paradise.
Fans of hot rock and just people in general perhaps know the band best for their song “Go” aka
the theme song for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO but that’s, like, not even their
best song (even though it’s amazing) and the Valley Land’s new album is further evidence of
that.
“That’s, like, not even our best song,” the band’s singer, guitar player, and semi-pro BMX rider
Dave Hill concurs. “You totally have to hear this new album, which is called Shadows in
Paradise, mentioned earlier.”
Valley Lodge recorded Shadows in Paradise with producer Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, Aeon
Station, Juliana Hatfield) at Beaujour’s Nuthouse Recording even though it’s all the way in
Union City, New Jersey and Dave and his fellow band mates drummer Rob Pfeiffer, who used to
be in Sense Field and also once appeared in a J. Crew catalog, and bassist Eddie Eyeball, who
is also a member of the legendary 2 Skinnee J’s despite never having modeled professionally,
all agreed they would never take the PATH train again.
It took some doing, but thanks to Beaujour’s guidance and some light snacks, the band
eventually emerged with an eleven-song album that sounds kind like a seventies AM radio
mixtape pressed to vinyl and played in some kid’s basement in London 1969 that just so
happens to be across the street from a Ratt concert parking lot in 1985 that some new wave
kids accidentally showed up to because of drugs. Or something like that.
“I played it for my friend Greg and he said it’s our best album,” Rob said via a text message to
Dave. “For real.”
And you can bet your ass Greg, whoever he is, is totally right. From the epic riffs of the album
opener “Daylights” all the way to the album’s seductive (yes, seductive) closer, “That Love,”
which the band totally stands by even though Beaujour suggested the band put it last before
quickly changing the subject, Shadows in Paradise is jam-packed with earworms that will play
again and again in your head to the point where you’ll honestly probably get kind of pissed off
about it. But then you’ll calm down and just put the album on again whether you are driving
down the road on a warm summer’s day in search of the man, hanging out in a Burger King
parking lot even though you were just asked by the manager not to do that, or facing an invasive
medical procedure with a positive mental attitude.
While Shadows in Paradise was recorded primarily as a trio, some friends dropped by as well,
including Guided By Voices guitarist Doug Gillard, who added killer guitar and backup vocals to
a few tracks, and the legendary Columbus, Ohio musician Happy Chichester (Royal Crescent
Mob, Howlin’ Maggie, Twilight Singers) who played keyboards and sang his ass off on a couple
songs. And Lily Mastrodimos (Long Neck), opera diva Jennifer Valle aka La Sinistra (Witch
Taint), and Sean Cahill (Next Great American Novelist) sang backup vocals so great that Dave
had to call his therapist during lunch.
Shadows in Paradise will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public (date TBD) by Tee Pee
Records. Both the label and Valley Lodge themselves look forward to the album becoming
album of the year as far as they are concerned. There will also be extremely live live dates

during which Valley Lodge will play songs from Shadows from Paradise but then also songs
from their first four albums. The after party is at your mom’s house. Burn.

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Human Racehorses

Breaking out of Western CT, Human Racehorses is a 4-piece band of guitar, bass, drums, and cello. Their music displays a strong focus on songcraft and on the hearty backbeat that makes rock ‘n’ roll what it is.
 
Imitating none but influenced by many, Human Racehorses tip a hat to the White Stripes, the Velvet Underground, the Pixies, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Nirvana and the entire British invasion. 
 
These four Horses coalesce as a melodic and inventive heavy rock outfit, chomping at the bit, breaking through the gate, and proving to the world once and for all that rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well.