Amsterdam psych duo Spirit Valley sign to Fuzz Club and share ‘TNNLVSSN’, the first single from new LP Negatives

Spirit Valley are a two-piece band based in Amsterdam and the latest to join the ever-growing Fuzz Club Records family. The London imprint has a knack for tapping into international waters to find the best new artists in the dark, experimental realms of underground music and have pulled through once again with this lot. The duo’s second LP ‘Negatives’ will be released August 4thbut you can stream the first single TNNLVSSN here.

On ‘Negatives’, Spirit Valley’s pulsing, dance-floor-ready psych rock blurs the line between the fuzzed-out R’n’R of The Black Angels, the warped synths of Moon Duo and the gravelly post-punk croons of Interpol or The Chameleons. The first single ‘TNNLVSSN’ is one of the more slow-burning atmospheric cuts from the album – effortlessly showing off their new-wave/goth sensibilities with it’s marching percussion, ethereal chiming guitars and crushing, baritone vocals shot through a wash of swirling reverb.

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Lurking behind Spirit Valley’s fuzz-heavy guitars and tribal percussion is a ceaselessly DIY ethos that’s seen them play continuously across the globe, in spite of being such a new band. A few years back they bought a one-way ticket to the US with no plans, booked shows or contacts. After some chance encounters with likeminded musicians in LA they ended up getting hold of a beat-up 1984 Chevvy ‘Gladiator’ which they spent driving around the US playing as many as shows as they could wing. A couple of months later and they’d clocked up over 25 shows across Texas, Arizona and California and a bustling reputation.

Spirit Valley is comprised of Dave Tomlinson and Chris Stabback and originally hailed from Sydney before moving to Amsterdam a couple of years ago. Upon moving to Europe, and following the release of their debut LP ‘Give trance A Chance’, the band booked an extensive six-week tour of mainland Europe. In between the number of US, EU and Australian tours they’ve also played shows with the likes of Metric, The Murlocs, Acid Mothers Temple and many more along the way.

“An Amsterdam based duo whose psychedelic pirouettes are a thing of wonder… opening with rolling tribal percussion Spirit Valley then charge head-long into expansive, glacial climes. Shimmering guitar lines act as search lights, illuminating the poetic lyricism of those sighing vocals” Clash

“Undeniably, earth-shatteringly fantastic… This is what Spirit Valley do best, where percussion and guitar come together so seamlessly, and with such ease that you immediately lose yourself.” Something You Said

“The pair’s 2013 Death EP was unveiled to a high degree of critical acclaim, with many declaring them as one of Australia’s best undiscovered bands and praising Dave’s ferocious vocal abilities, spaced-out guitar interludes, and Chris’ undeniable ability behind the drum kit.” Music Feeds

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