By Jon Milton
That Leeds is such a fertile ground for alternative music isn't it? Yard Act, Treeboy and Arc, Dense, Eades, English Teacher, Fuzz Lightyear to name but a few of the many, are now joined by Liberty Valley, who today release their debut single 'Crash'.
Crash is lush and languid, a laid back and strung out reminder that summer is just around the corner, providing a welcome if momentary respite from all the shit that's happening across the globe. Taking equally from the immersive textures of 80’s dream-pop, the vulnerable counter-culture of 90’s grunge, and the independent freedom of modem bedroom music, the group have crafted a sound that’s uniquely theirs and undeniably enrapturing. Brought about by a relationship destined to doom, “Crash” is an emotive first look at the band.
A labour of love for guitarist Jack Gilbert and drummer Luc Gibbons, Liberty Valley is a band that has been patiently built up over many years. Facing constant lineup changes and personal difficulties, the band were eventually grounded with the entrance of bassist Adam Bentham and singer Suzie Lefèvre.
Drawing from a palette of influences that holds Sorry, Slowdive, Crumb, and Khruangbin, Crash is the first of a number of releases set for 2022.