Graveyard Club ‘Valens’ : An homage to Ritchie Valens. An homage to memories beloved.

Graveyard Club / Photo: Zoe Prinds-Flash

Graveyard Club are sharing the new single ‘Valens’, the first new music from the band since the release of last year’s ‘Goodnight Paradise’. ‘Valens’ is an homage to Ritchie Valens, one of the artists Graveyard Club’s Matthew Schufman listened to growing up.

“As a child I loved early rock and roll music,” said Matthew. “My parents played it frequently around the house. One of my favorite songs was “Donna” by Ritchie Valens. There was a sweet sadness to it; you could hear and feel the longing in his voice. I still recall when someone first told me about “The Day the Music Died” and how tragic and eerie the story was. The horror of the plane wreck somehow was made worse to me by the location: a frozen field in the upper Midwest.”

“Through the years, I have thought about the event often, especially around the anniversary as winter draws on and everything is still frozen here. It influenced the words and feeling of ‘Valens”- the cold, the isolation, the “twist of fate”, the loss of control. Although the subject matter is dark and foreboding, the band and I intentionally tried to make the song driving and up-tempo. A good deal of our last LP “Goodnight Paradise” leaned into the slower, sadder side of things and with this song we were all interested in trying to push away from that.”

This past summer the Twin Cities band released Goodnight Paradise, an album brimming with haunting melodies, poetic lyric narratives, and enveloping synths. The band toured both coasts in support of the record, capped off with a packed record release show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, and closed out the year at the iconic First Avenue Mainroom.

Graveyard Club is: (Matthew Schufman (vocals, synths), Michael Wojtalewicz (guitar), Cory Jacobs (drums) and Amanda Zimmerman (bass, vocals).


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