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“Power Lines to Electric Times is, among other things, what I like to call a good Sunday afternoon record. It’s got both the lovely mellowness required for relaxing, but also a good bit of kick that helps really make the most of those last few waning hours of the weekend. It starts with the fantastic “Aboveboard”, a lightly jangling song with a hearty dose of down home warmth. “Leaving Town” is one of my favorites, heavy on the jangle and full of honest, frank vocals. Oh, and it’s got some serious mouth organ goin’ on, and that wins me over every time. The song shows off the subtle influence of a range of folks, from the candid earnestness of The Boss to the tight angularity of Brit bands like The Jam.”
“So Valentiger‘s “Power Lines to Electric Times” is actually a 2009 release, but I’m just now getting my ears on it. At first listen, I thought, “Eh. A little Byrne, a little Neil Young, it’s pretty standard indie.” But as I moved through the record, I heard a vulnerability and rawness that went beneath the lo-fi surface. I found tunes that are catchy because they’re real, not because they’re trying to be hip. Valentiger’s record is the cure for indiecool, the remedy for topically infectious music that tries too hard to have a real impact. ”
“Valentiger "Power Lines to Electric Times" The music: Leaving the moniker Happy Hour behind, Valentiger -- Brent Shirey, Scott Rider and Eric Kehoe -- busts out refreshing indie folk music with a pop-rock gloss. Songs such as "Leaving Town" and "Hard to Let Me Down" are as infectious as a bad cold. And that's a good thing. They play Hudsonville's Mocha-N-Music May 9 and Founders Brewing on May 14.”
“ Press wise – Valentiger is described as a sound created from “Midwestern landscapes of Michigan, and the vinyl collection of parents’ basements” and I have to say that they just might be spot on. The music has warmth, but has energy, it is nostalgic, yet contemporary. While that description sounds a bit contradicting, it still encompasses what you might find during a night of kicking back and listening to this trio. What I mean is that you will get more than the same track reworked and renamed – there is some range from this trio. This “trio” consists of Brent Shirey (Guitar/harmonica), Scott Rider (Percussion) and Eric Kehoe (Bass/Keyboards) and they will be kicking off a promo tour this weekend to promote the new album. ”