L.A. rockers Valley Queen hadn’t even released their debut album yet when we named them The Best of What’s Next last year. Now, more than a year later, their first LP, the excellent Supergiant, is out, and it’s safe to say the band is living up to the expectations. They released Supergiant in July, and they’re currently touring behind the record, including a stop at Brooklyn’s Union Pool tonight (Oct. 3). Find all the dates here.
Valley Queen make searing, fuzzy rock music, but lead vocalist Natalie Carol brings a warbling folk sound to Supergiant’s shreddy wails. The result is a soulful, comprehensive roots-rock record. From the textured ballad “Ride” to the raucous “Boiling Water,” Supergiant is a flexing of musical muscle from start to finish, a burning-hot ode to the massive star for which it’s named.
The band stopped by the Paste Studios in New York City on Tuesday (Oct. 2) to play three slower, spacier tracks from Supergiant: the jeweled pairing, “Gems and Rubies” and “Highway Pearls,” and the melodic “Two of Cups.” You can space out, chill out, and jam out to this session, and you can watch the entire thing below. Revisit Valley Queen’s Best of What’s Next feature here.