Valis Including Ex-Members of Screaming Trees, Release New Album ‘Minds Through Space and Time’
Rock-trio Valis (Vast Active Living Intelligence System) are releasing their newest record,Minds Through Space and Time, tomorrow, October 5th. ‘Minds Through Space and Time,’ the band’s fourth full-length album and first since 2009’s Dark Matter, will be available at all online digital outlets, with release on CD on November 1st and on 180 gram colored vinyl in December.
The album was produced by Jack Endino (Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and Nirvana). Videos for songs “Silent Divinity” and “Space Station” can be viewed here and download “Space Station” here. Minds Through Space and Time is being released through Strange Earth Records, a new label launched by Van Conner that is partnered with the American wing of Germany’s Finetunes Digital Media Services.
Van’s new venture seeks to fill a gap in the Northwest Music Scene with the new label serving as a hub for independent bands that have dedicated their lives to making great music. New music as well as tunes from Van’s vast archives of tunes that he and his friends have recorded over the years that never saw the light of day or have never been released online will be featured.
The Pacific-Northwest band is currently made up of former Screaming Trees band members Van Conner (bass, vocals) and his brother Patrick Conner (guitar, vocals), with Matt Vandenberghe (drums) rounding out these two original members. Formed in the basement of Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters back in 1996, Valis began as a casual side project for both Conner and Peters along with Van’s brother Patrick (Kitty Kitty) and Kurt Danielson (TAD). In 1996, Valis released their first record, a split release with Kitty Kitty on Frank Kozik’s Mans Ruin label followed by releases for the European label Lunasound, and Detroit’s Small Stone.
Over the years, the lineup has changed several times and has included the aforementioned Dan Peters, Kurt Danielson (TAD, Vaporland), Sean Hollister (King Krab), Adrian Makins (All Time High), as well as producer Wes Weresch. Matt Vandenberghe joined the lineup in 2008. Following the 2009 release of Dark Matter, Van switched back to his native bass after Adrian left the band. On Minds Through Space and Time, Van and Patrick share the vocal duties, and Matt lays down the heavy groove.