VALIS – Vast Active Living Intelligence System
Van Conner - Bass, Vocals
Patrick Conner - Guitar, Vocals
Matt Vandenberghe - Drums
Mythical creatures are not the only things lurking in the mossy
forests of the Pacific Northwest. For many years Van Conner, his
brother Patrick and their friend Matt Vandenberghe have been quietly
crafting a musical work entitled “Minds Through Space and Time”. In
the spirit of bands like Captain Beyond, Hawkwind and Van’s former
band, Screaming Trees, this power trio has struck a nerve deep in the
abyss of a musical brain wave.
Formed in the basement of Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters back in 1996,
VALIS began as a casual side project for both Conner and Peters along
with Van's brother Patrick (Kitty Kitty) and Kurt Danielson (TAD). In
1996, VALIS released their first record, a split release with Kitty
Kitty on Frank Kozik's Mans Ruin label followed by releases for the
European label Lunasound, and Detroit’s Small Stone.
Over the years, the lineup has changed several times and has included
the aforementioned Dan Peters, Kurt Danielson (TAD, Vaporland), Sean
Hollister (King Krab), Adrian Makins (All Time High), as well as
producer Wes Weresch. Matt Vandenberghe joined the lineup in 2008.
Following the 2009 release of Dark Matter, Adrian left the band and
Van switched back to his native bass. On Minds Through Space and Time,
Van and Patrick share the vocal duties, and Matt lays down the heavy
Jack Endino is back at the production desk for the new album. Special
guests include Steve Fisk, Gary Lee Conner, Andrew Davenhall, Ben
“Chovie D” Jones, and Harrison Conner.
The album is available on 180 gram colored vinyl as well as CD and
online formats by Strange Earth Records (www.strangeearthrecords.com).
1998 - VALIS/Kitty Kitty Split EP - Man's Ruin
2002 - VALIS "Vast Active Living Intelligence System" - Lunasound/Abstract
2004 - VALIS "Head Full of Pills" - Small Stone
2005 - VALIS "Champions of Magic" - Small Stone
2009 - VALIS “Dark Matter - Small Stone
2009: Vinyl Split Single with Kandi Coded - Volcom Entertainment
2009 - Northwest Mind Meld - Various Artists - Small Stone - iTunes only
2012 - Minds Through Space and Time - Strange Earth Records