LISTEN: On “Gummi Bear,” Valley Boy Drop Some Sticky Indie Pop

Valley Boy’s James Alan Ghaleb and Ian Meltzer, met in their middle school P.E. class when Ian was taken aback by James’ wild locks and a friendship immediately followed. The two became best friends after connecting over classic rock, guitar solos, and divorced parents and spent the rest of their school years playing music together in James’ mom’s garage. After high school, both went on to work professionally in the music space – James as a songwriter for several years and Ian as a session and touring drummer. “After spending so many years writing and performing for/with other people, the music we’re making as Valley Boy is the cathartic release of just doing what we want for ourselves,” Meltzer explains.

Sink into the sonic wilderness of Valley Boy’s new single “Gummi Bear” (below) where a thick low-end grandness surrounds swirling synthesizers and a rock-steady groove.  While this might be the first track in the history of music civilization named after Haribo’s cash cow, “Gummi Bear” holds its own on the pop flavor spectrum.

“The songs on this EP cover territory spanning from our personal relationships to our family ones, and even our relationship with each other as friends, and are all shaped through the lens of having grown up together in our beloved San Fernando Valley. We hope you stick around as we continue to unpack more of our childhoods and accumulate more tiny keyboards.”

 

 

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