Hailing from Dallas, TX, Valise is four guys playing the kind of ambient indie rock made popular by bands like Circa Survive, Lydia, Lovedrug and Deas Vail. They play a fresh brand of the genre, not letting their influences smother them into becoming carbon copies of the groups that have come before them. Formed in early 2011, the group recorded its Dreamcatcher EP with producer Matt Wilbur at The Vanguard Room, which is co-owned by Wilbur and former Copeland frontman Aaron Marsh. Rarely does such a young band get so correctly grouped into a genre during its early career, but Valise has been playing shows with the exact types of bands it should be. Now writing songs for a 2012 full-length release – which will again be recorded at The Vanguard Room – the upcoming year should only see Valise expanding its popularity and turning first-time listeners into long-term fans. With a young energy, a purposeful drive and the work ethic required to make visions of bigger things a reality, the clock is only ticking down to the time when Valise becomes a household name in the indie rock community.
“Gollay is Fort Worth’s most fascinating Songwriter.” (Steve Watkins, Dallas Observer) “‘Built for Love’, the debut album from Rachel Gollay, is one of the best albums to materialize this year, from not only Fort Worth but North Texas. Exhibiting a preternatural control of not only her whip-smart lyrics but the dense, lustrous compositions in which she places them, it’s a deeply intoxicating listen from first track to last. With a novelist’s flair for detail — ‘Receptionist’ is an achingly beautiful short story — and a musical omnivore’s willingness to absorb influence from anywhere, Built for Love spills out of the speakers fully formed, an incredibly polished first showing (produced by Russell Jack and Joshua Jones) catapulting Gollay to the front ranks of essential Texas artists.” – Preston Jones, DFW.com / Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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