Valency is a progressive-rock band from Kansas City, Missouri that simultaneously challenges and entertains audiences with a unique mix of blues licks, funk grooves, and odd-meters. The band is anchored by a solid rhythm section comprised of long-time friends Brendan Bennett (bass) and Caleb Robertson (drums). The two have performed in many bands together, including two short-lived acts (Ghostwheel and The Planet Jackers) with singer, Ed Twohy.
In early 2006, Brendan, Caleb, and Ed began seeking new musicians. One of the first to answer the call was blues-loving guitar player, Chris Heinrich, who arrived with more than just his instrument. He brought an abundance of excellent song ideas which were quickly embraced and expanded upon by the rhythm section. For a brief period, keyboards and background vocals were added to the mix by Jonathan Pendergrass. The five members decided on the name Valency (the phenomenon of forming chemical bonds) because it aptly described the ability of each member, with their unique styles, to musically bond with the others.
Pendergrass and Twohy eventually went on to peruse other avenues, leaving the three remaining musicians to search for a new voice capable of delivering their growing catalogue of songs. It only took one audition with powerful and versatile vocalist, Jeremiah Lyman before the band was complete ... or so they thought.
After recording their debut record, (0,0,0) Point of Origin, and playing shows both in Kansas City and on the road, Valency began work on their sophomore album, Side Effects. The band quickly realized they could benefit from broader instrumentation and auditioned saxophone and flute player, Bob Knapp. It was evident right away that he would add a dimension to the group that not only better completed their sound, but set them apart. This five-piece remains the current formation of Valency and in the words of the band's newest member, "I like this. It's got legs."