Combining such disparate influences as rock, pop, and also pop rock, New York City’s Valley Lodge has somehow managed to create the most exquisite soundtrack to summer you are likely to hear anywhere this fall in the form of their third full-length release Use Your Weapons. This unstoppable album is an aural approximation of what might happen if the members of Cheap Trick, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, and Big Star were lost at sea on a pirate ship captained by Michael Jackson in his prime. Also, everyone is drinking prescription cough syrup like they are in some sort of goddamn contest. There are infectious pop hooks, 7-Eleven parking lot-worthy grooves, and face-melting guitar solos at every turn and basically no one can handle it. In short, in an era when most bands play their instruments like they don’t know how to fuck, New York City’s Valley Lodge rock like four grown men who have totally done it.
Valley Lodge is comprised of singer and lead guitar player Dave Hill (Walter Schreifels Band, Diamondsnake, ex-Cobra Verde, Sons of Elvis,), drummer Rob Pfeiffer (ex-Sense Field), guitar player Phil Costello (Tragedy, Diamondsnake), and bass player Eddie Eyeball (2 Skinnee J’s, Gordon Gano). Guitar player and founding member John Kimbrough (Walt Mink, Tenacious D) provides additional rock heat and spiritual guidance via his Los Angeles bunker. When not recording hot rock albums, the band has found time to tour Japan, where they are considered geniuses, and also serve as the house band for Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.