Valley of Ashes first started off as a Metal Band, playing everything from Metallica to Lamb of God. The original line up was; Alex and Jesus on Guitar, Jeff on Drums, and Duff on the Bass. Time went on without practice or anything, until one day the guys decided to jam again. Duff was missing in action, so Alex decided to step it up and jump on the bass. After a little bit of "inspiration", the metal riffs turned into funky bass lines and the guys found out they weren't too bad at playing reggae. Valley of Ashes was reborn, and wanted to share their passion for music and the positive vibes of reggae with everyone and anyone.
After jamming together for a couple of months writing original material, the guys decided they needed vocals in order to do live shows. Jesus created a Craigslist Ad with what they were looking for in a singer. Warren answered the ad and at first the guys wanted to keep auditioning, but warren eventually caught the groove. Now that Valley of Ashes had a voice the guys started playing shows, spreading the V.O.A. name and eventually caught the attention of Marcus (Markeezy) who booked them for a show that 'The Ecliptics" bailed out on. After playing the last minute show, Marcus asked if he could jam out with them. His trumpet added a new element to the songs and gave the music more dimension, so after the jam session, the guys decided to make Markeezy a full-fledged member of V.O.A.
With almost a year of jamming together and playing shows (including the 'Reggae Roots Festival') the guys were working hard and writing new material for a with 'Alien Ant Farm'. A week before a show at the Starline, Warren stops showing up at practice and wouldn't return anybodies call. He pretty much went ghost on the band. The day before the show, the band finds out (through text) that Warren quits the band. So Alex hits up Lucio and asks him if he could go to rehearsal that night and fill in the next day at the show. Rehearsal went smooth and the guys played a great show that night and Lucio did an amazing job pretty much free-styling a whole set. (the recording from that first show is our current demo)
Ready to take over the world, with a new attitude, and a new voice, Valley of Ashes is establishing themselves as one of Fresno's best live bands and definitely one of the funnest shows with a unique sound that you can get down and groove to....