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Valiant / Press

"And Then There Was Two" Since Murrieta band Valiant formed five years ago, the band has gone from four members to two, switched coastlines and delt with family issues. But now brothers Alexander and Eric Falvey are making a go of it with a new record aptly titled "On Our Own." The band recorded in North Hollywood from April to October with Ron Dziubla, who has played saxophone with Latino pop singer Chayanne. The songs are raw, tapping into very real issues like their parents divorce. "I think it's a very personal record," Alexander said. The band, though, draws from a variety of inspirations, from Alkaline Trio to Tom Petty. Alexander doesn't want to be the guy just singing about breaking up with a girlfriend and he's proud of the emotional depth of the lyrics. Even though the band is only two people, Valiant packs a big sound. The duo taps into influences that range from Metallica to Morrissey, and it shines through in the band's work.

"An open book" Valiant records life story through song. Alexander Falvey, the guitarist of Murrieta acoustic rock band Valiant, keeps a journal anybody can read. He keeps it in his songs. Every song represents a chapter in his life. VN: Clearly, your life has a deep influence over your music. So, how does your music affect your life? AF: "I find it very therapeutic in how it affects me. I can look back, listen back and feel what I felt at that moment when I wrote [a given song] because it was so intense and so true. I find myself putting on the happy songs when I want to be in a better mood and the sad songs when I want to embrace my depression. I love discovering what the song is really about after I write it. I keep learning from it, and I still learn from the first few songs we wrote."

"Valiant's Non-Stop Evolution" Through refusing to categorize themselves to one specific genre, the brothers have found that they are evolving non-stop ---- both creatively and mentally. "Not only are we a two-piece band consisting only of guitars, vocals, and drums; but we are also brothers, and are driven by the same exact force, making our sound unique in itself," Alexander Falvey said. "We refuse to limit ourselves musically to one specific genre, so our sound is always creatively different, and constantly evolving." Valiant is made up of Alexander and Eric Falvey, who came together as a band in a flurry of Metallica performances, guitar purchases and a little practice. "My lyrics are always inspired by my real life," Alexander said. "Nothing less. I wouldn't feel right writing anything that I had not went through myself. I would feel like a phony."