Jack Valero signs with Modern Sky23 May 2023 - Press release
JACK VALERO SHARES HIS NEW SINGLE ‘PULL BACK THE HAMMER’
HIS FIRST RELEASE UNDER A NEW DEAL WITH MODERN SKY
THE FIRST SONG FROM HIS DEBUT EP WHICH FOLLOWS LATER THIS SUMMER
UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS WITH HIS NEW BAND INCLUDE GLASTONBURY AND KENDAL CALLING
“Songs showcase Valero’s talent for classic songwriting, emotionally-driven storytelling, and a warm melody that hooks in your head and heart.” - The Line of Best Fit
“Feels of classic Elvis Costello.” - Chris Hawkins, 6 Music
“Has a deft yet assured touch, carrying a lush, late summer feel.” - Clash
“Valero injects some much-needed change into the world of British pop.” - Wonderland
“Classic, old school British songwriting with a contemporary sound and a hint of Tom Petty.”- Record of the Day
Jack Valero today kickstarts a big year ahead by sharing his new single ‘Pull Back The Hammer’. It represents the first song to be taken from his debut EP which will follow later this summer. The track is also his first release under a new deal with Modern Sky, where he joins a burgeoning roster which includes The Lottery Winners, Jamie Webster, The Slow Readers Club and Red Rum Club.
‘Pull Back The Hammer’ sees Jack introducing a forceful, full-throttle live sound, taking in driving open road Americana with a little power-pop punch for good measure. Its protest song attitude is just as vehement as Jack paints an allegory of a gambling man willing to risk everything for… well, what exactly? Jack’s voice is also infused with a new-found urgency, his anger spilling out as he brings the song to close.
Jack says, “Really excited to be releasing my debut single on Modern Sky with my new band. This song keeps it raucous and hooky while touching on the state of affairs in the world and the worrying sense that long term safeties that were taken for granted are now being undermined, dropping us into an uneasy limbo once thought to be a thing of the past. It's about history repeating itself and what could possibly be waiting for us down this road if we do nothing to stop it.”
‘Pull Back The Hammer’ was written by Jack and recorded at Echo Zoo Studios in Eastbourne with producer Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and engineer Dave Izumi.
Immersed within the world of music his entire life, Jack Valero released his first three singles last year - ‘Heaven Help Me’, ‘Hollow Warmth’ and ‘Form Over Function’ - which united the sharp, observant lyricism and timeless folk-rock melody of Tom Petty and Elvis Costello with a contemporary touch that echoed Sam Fender. Those songs earned a first wave of tastemaker attention including airplay at BBC 6 Music and Radio X as well as acclaim such as The Line of Best Fit’s On The Rise feature.
Having recently performed at SXSW as well as completing a UK tour, Jack will play shows including Glastonbury and Kendal Calling with his new band, which consists of Erik Litstrom (guitar), Maxine Cahill (bass), Theo Williams-Burchell (drums) and Amie Shouler (backing vocals). First comes a hometown show at Brighton’s WaterBear as support to Ed Cosens of Reverend and the Makers. Expect details of further live shows to be confirmed soon. The dates are:
6th - Brighton, WaterBear (supporting Ed Cosens and Tom Bright)
22nd - Glastonbury, Avalon Cafe Stage
23rd - Glastonbury, Greenpeace Stage
27th – Summer By The River, Southbank, London
28th - Kendal Calling, Tim Peaks Stage
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