|Genres||Heavy Rock, Rock Instrumental|
|Band Members||Michael Buonanno - guitar; Geoffrey Schaefer - guitar; Ian Morris - bass; Chris Romano - drums|
|# Years Experience Performing Live:||2|
|# Live Perfomances Past Six-months:||10|
|Market Draw:||Brooklyn: 0-30; Westchester: 51-75; Western CT: 31-50; Manhattan: 31-50|
|Similar Artists:||Rush, Mastodon, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Umphree's McGee|
|Performing Rights Society:||ASCAP|
Valence recently released their debut effort, Sleepwalker, a 34 minute long epic comprising eight sections. The song-suite follows the contours of a dream, one so vivid it blurs the line between dream and reality. It's a journey through the subconscious, where myth meets memory and death is followed by rebirth. Catherine Chabert's artwork tells the story better than any words could.
Members of the band rented a house together in 2011 for the purpose of tracking the album. After overcoming many obstacles that come with self-producing a record (burnt out equipment, angry rabid landlords, 90+ degree heat with no AC, etc.) and with the great help of audio engineer Paul Fakatselis, the band began recording that summer.
In the end, nothing would deter Valence from completing the ambitious undertaking that is “Sleepwalker”, and they are now proud to share it with the world. The initial response has been overwhelmingly positive: in a recent review, ProgArchives states that Valence “manages to introduce spirit and dynamism beyond re-producing already known song patterns,” while Prog Metal Zone says Sleepwalker “fuses metal, jam, classical and jazz in a very sophisticated progressive style. Great songs and just the right amount of heaviness to give it a nice kick!”
The band currently has shows lined up in the greater New York City area and are now booking performances for the spring and summer in the New York/Tri-State and Boston markets.
The only equipment we require is two microphones for speaking to the audience before and in between songs.
For the guitars, we have two half stacks, one Marshall Mode 4 with a Marshall 4 x 12, one Line 6 SpiderValve HD100 with a Line 6 4 x 12. We can use a venue's cabinets if they have a backline, but we use built in effects and special channel settings for our heads.
For the bass, we have an Ampeg half stack with a 4 x 10 cabinet. Our bassist is okay using a house amp or cabinet in lieu of bringing his whole settup if it's easier.
For the drums, we have a Pearl 5 piece kit, but can certainly use a house kit if it's in decent condition. Our drummer brings his own snare, hardware, cymbals and throne.