Valdez CD Release Show

Valdez CD Release Show

Brett Kull, Ray Weston

Sat, May 20, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

This event is all ages

Valdez is a four piece band of dedicated musicians from Philadelphia, with a deep and abiding passion for good songwriting and leaping the fences between genres. The group comprises of Londoner and ex-Tinyfish frontman Simon Godfrey, who moved from the UK to the USA in 2014, Echolyn bassist Tom Hyatt, Cold Blue Electric keyboard player Joe Cardillo and ex-Stone Jack Baller drummer Scott Miller.

Tom and Simon met by chance at a comedy club in Philly and got on so well, decided to jam the following evening at an open mic night. The duo were an instant hit with the crowd and as they left the stage, they agreed to form a band that would go on to become Valdez.

‘For us, the song comes before absolutely everything else.’ Says Simon. ‘It doesn’t matter if it’s a short song, a long song or mad, complex one. As long as it’s good, we’ll grab it with both hands and spin it until we’re all dizzy.’ Chemistry and humor plays a big part in the band’s identity. ‘We take the music seriously, not ourselves.’ Says Tom. ‘We’ve spent years trying to look serious for photo shoots but it’s not really who we are. We’re naturally happy people and we love what we do as a musical unit. We give it 100% every time we hit the stage because we understand that this is the 21st century and let’s not kid ourselves we know we’re up against Netflix and internet porno. Those are tough opponents, so we always go that extra mile to give people a show they will never forget.’

‘It’s not a supergroup.’ says drummer Scott Miller ‘We’re just four guys repaying our debt to society like the parole officer told us to.’

Valdez have chosen May 2017 and the Kennett Flash as the venue to launch their debut album entitled ‘This’. The album is released by maverick independent label, Bad Elephant Music, headed up by none other than David Elliott, one of the godfathers of the UK musical underground. The album was produced by Echolyn songwriter and Grey Eye Glances guitarist, Brett Kull, a legendary figure on the American east coast music scene and the album artwork was created by world famous DC Comics artist, Mark Buckingham.

Not everyone gets such royal support for their debut release but everyone involved believes there is something special about Valdez, the songs they write and the performances they give.

Come see Valdez for yourself and find out why.
Brett Kull
Brett Kull
Brett Kull is one of the primary songwriters in the legendary Philadelphia area Progressive Rock band echolyn. He has also performed with Grey Eye Glances, Francis Dunnery and The Syn as well as produced music for Scott Radway, Honeychurch, The Roddies, echolyn, Valdez and more.

Kull's most recent release is his third solo album, Open Skies Exploding, released exclusively online through his Bandcamp page between December 2016 and January 2017 of this year.
Ray Weston
Ray Weston
echolyn. Still. Always Almost. echolyn. Ray Weston. echolyn.

Ray Weston is a founding member of the Philadelphia area progressive rock group echolyn. Formed in 1989, the band has released 8 full length albums, as well an ep and several compilation / bside releases, these include the 1995 Sony Records release As The World, 2012's double album echolyn, and 2015's I Heard You Listening. In 2003 Ray released the solo album, This Is My Halo. The album has a very dark singer songwriter feel. Ray will showcase songs from all phases of his career, stripped down, raw, solo and acoustic at this performance.
Venue Information:
The Kennett Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square, PA, 19348