Daily Dose: Valley Queen, "Ride"

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Daily Dose: Valley Queen, "Ride"

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California psych-rockers Valley Queen have shared the third single from their forthcoming debut album, Supergiant, out July 13 via Roll Call Records. It’s called “Ride,” and if the record’s second single, the hurried “Boiling Water,” is Supergiant’s tipping point, then “Ride” could be its steady incline. “Boiling Water” and the title track are rollercoaster headbangers, but “Ride” takes its time, slowly building feeling and sound until an emotional bridge has been constructed. Listen to the new track below.

Valley Queen are releasing their debut album next month, but from the media attention they’ve been getting, you’d assume they’re headed for a sophomore or even third release. And it seems the hype might be deserved—the first three singles from Supergiant signal an emotionally complex and sonically engaging LP to come, with “Ride” playing the role of soulful rock ballad. Smooth and seamless, frontwoman Natalie Carol’s sweetly textured voice continues to stun on the band’s new track, but in a much more commanding fashion than on “Boiling Water” or “Supergiant.” For Carol, the song is a nerve-wracking response to a pregnancy scare, as she told FLOOD magazine, but her sharp lyrics feel versatile enough to harbor any number of strenuous feelings one might encounter on an emotional “ride.”

The band has also announced more fall tour dates, expanding their already-busy schedule. They’ll make stops in Seattle, Boston, Brooklyn and their native Los Angeles, among many other cities. Find their tour dates below. Listen to “Supergiant” and “Boiling Water” here and here, respectively.

Hear “Ride” below and throw it back to 2016 with Valley Queen’s Daytrotter Session further down. Keep scrolling for the band’s tour dates and Supergiant album art.

Valley Queen Tour Dates:

July
06-08 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Winnipeg Folk Fest
28 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Moroccan Lounge

August
01 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Cafe du Nord
02 – Davis, Calif. @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
03-05 – Happy Valley, Ore. @ Pickathon
07 – Seattle, Wash. @ Sunset Tavern
08 – Spokane, Wash. @ The Bartlett
09 – Missoula, Mont. @ Top Hat
11 – Denver, Colo. @ Lost Lake Lounge
12 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Kilby Court
15 – San Luis Obispo, Calif. @ SLO Brew
26 – Santa Cruz, Calif. @ The Catalyst (w/ Parsonsfield)

September
11 – Tempe, Ariz. @ The Marquee*
13 – Austin, Texas @ Stubb’s*
14 – Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues*
15 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall*
18 – New Orleans, La. @ House of Blues*
20 – Orlando, Fla. @ House of Blues*
22 – Athens, Ga. @ Georgia Theatre*
25 – Richmond, Va. @ The National*
26 – Norfolk, Va. @ The NorVa*
28 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ Electric Factory*
29 – Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore*
30 – Harrisburg, Penn. @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center

October
01 – Boston, Mass. @ Middle East Upstairs
03 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Union Pool
04 – Pittsburgh, Penn. @ Club Cafe
06 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Drake
07 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Ballroom
09 – Goshen, Ind. @ Ignition Garage
10 – Chicago, Ill. @ The Hideout
12 – Davenport, Iowa @ Raccoon Motel
13 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ 7th St Entry

(* = w/ Social Distortion & Justin Townes Earle)

Supergiant Album Art:

SupergiantAlbum Art.jpg

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