This new material marks an expansion of the duo’s dynamics, which represents another musical leap forward for the band, adding
new textures and further honing a sound that has been theirs since their inception. In the process of embracing this evolution, the band enlisted the help of award-winning songwriter and producer, Tarek Musa (of Spring King / Dead Nature) as well as bringing in Claudius Mittendorf (Weezer, Parquet Courts, LIFE) for mixing duties.
From the hook-heavy lead single “Rita”, a song about “a hard-working woman who defies the negative surroundings that try to stop her from doing what she is truly passionate about.” Through to alt-pop anthem “Let Me Go”, and darker, psych-inflected “Change Your Mind”, the band’s new material is simultaneously more cutting, energetic and melodically encapsulating than anything else they have released to-date. Tracks from ‘Tell Me Now’ have been heavily supported by BBC Introducing and have received plays on Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music including support from Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson.
About their EP, VALERAS say: ‘This EP is the proudest VALERAS moment for the both of us. It’s made up of the first songs we wrote together as a duo in which we explored a dynamic we hadn’t before due to having a different line-up of members of the band in the past. This body of work marks a moment of growth for us as a musicians and individuals, and represents our ability to be able to co-write music that came so naturally that means so much to us. The songs were also co-written and produced by Tarek Musa, a musical hero of ours and great friend who we are so proud to say we worked beside.’
A string of early singles has already seen VALERAS rack up millions of streams as well as earning acclaim across a vast array of publications and early radio support from the likes of Jack Saunders at Radio 1.
Ahead of the pandemic, the duo also toured with the likes of Yonaka, King Nun, Drenge, Greta Van Fleet and The Wombats, as well as selling out their own headline tour across the UK, and appearing at festivals such as Reading & Leeds, All Points East, The Great Escape, Sziget (Budapest), Nova Rock (Vienna), Lolla Sweden (Stockholm), Mad Cool (Madrid) and more.
Cementing their sound whilst out on the road has led VALERAS to put forward their most ambitious and personal work to date. Rose knows only too well the anxiety and stress on her audience to fit the norm and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. Her lyrics reflect her feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and consequently her desire to empower the downtrodden. These are drawn from her families struggle to become accepted in a new country after fleeing her home in Venezuela to settle in the UK when she was aged 10 years old.
VALERAS continue to go from strength-to-strength with each release, and with a vast range of critical acclaim and an array of renowned live shows behind them, their new EP stands as a huge and refreshingly original statement of intent, which is not to be ignored.
2. The Other Side
3. Let Me Go
4. Change Your Mind
10” black vinyl limited to 500.
“Behold VALERAS' infectious arsenal of high-octane rock tunes that glisten with pop magic" Gigwise
“We can already see that this band has a lot to offer the world and we haven’t seen the half of yet” MTV
"Watch this lot because they're going all the way" Spindle Magazine