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El Valiente / Press

“El Valiente had all of this year and last to become pretty popular for a local instrumental-rock band. The three new tracks on Daceton, though, accomplish a lot more than El Valiente's first batch of songs, El Topo. Eric Caldera's reverb-sprung Telecaster, Joe Bernstein's drums and glockenspiel, and David Sperka's bass really find each other in the mix this time, indulging lots of creepy-crawly in-between passages but also displaying a lot more confidence in their mysteriously catchy melodies. Key track: "Jewish-Mexican Phantom" lets Bernstein's tasteful drumming walk the line between jazz and prog. It also tackles a whole range of emotions in its 10-minute sprawl, from an intro that's as lighthearted as a rapidly skipping stone to a final feedback-laden sludge-out.”

Scott Gordon - The Onion A.V. Club

“Daceton by El Valiente wins best Alternative Album on 2009”

Madison Area Musicians Association

“El Topo - El Valiente TOP LOCAL RELEASE OF 2008 Not only the best album to come out of Madison this year but by far one of the best live performers. El Valiente were kind enough to play the Dane101, "Save Us from the Russian Spambots‚ show back in August and tore the house down, so much so that the above mentioned Pale Young Gentlemen were so floored by El Valiente performance that even they were calling for an encore. The music is simple to its core but emotive in its delivery, and the noise, the sound, it doesn't matter the venue El Valiente come to impress.”

Joshua James - dane101.com

“El Valiente 's free jazz and spaghetti western washes are mind-bending enough to be the soundtrack to the dreams of surreal director Alejandro Jodorowsky.”


“Just when you think the local instrumentalists are all about limitless desert vistas and parched bones glowing in the moonlight, they let loose with an explosion of guitars that takes you back to the glory days of post-punk.”

The Isthmus

“El Valiente lurk and charge through spaces as broad and bleak as the Grand Canyon. The group's guitar, glockenspiel, bass, and drums prove boldest when drifting off into a skeletal void between slowcore, spaghetti western, and free jazz.”

Scott Gordon - The Onion A.V. Club

“Without a doubt, this is the most creative guitar-centric rock act working in Madison today.”

Tom Laskin - The Isthmus

“Voted Madison's Favorite Experimental Band 2011 ”

The Isthmus

“Voted BEST NEW BAND 2008”

The Isthmus