It was 2011 when John Valley and guitarist Tyler Speicher began writing music as The Valley Forge. Originally intended as a studio project, the duo honed in on their biggest influences – the fury and unflinching social commentary of Neil Young, the grit of Bruce Springsteen, the melodic pop/rock of Fleetwood Mac – and discovered their powerful roots rock voice. Bassist Sarah German joined the band last year. By then, the spirited twang, angry energy, and subtle beautiful touches of their American Men debut EP hit the scene. It presented a long, hard look into humanity, with all of its injustices and grief.
The feelings are even stronger on this year’s equally spirited release, Second Blood, with Valley’s vocals echoing fiercely throughout its anthemic tones. There are gentler melodies at some points, but the passion remains alive and on fire.
Make sure you see The Valley Forge at their show tonight at The North Door, 502 Brushy St. near I-35. This happens to be one of those delectable triple bills, by the way, featuring Mother Merey & The Black Dirt, and a special solo performance by Peter Shults of Hello Wheels. Doors open at 9 p.m. You need to see them all. Very recommended.