Has anything great ever come out of Akron? I’m no historian (actually I guess I am with BA in History from Drew University) but I’m guessing no. The band Goodmorning Valentine is trying to change that with their upcoming disc Steady Your Hands (Collectible Escalators, Feb 28). The band resides in mid-tempo americanaland influenced rock. They’ve shared stages with perennial Songs:Illinois favorites The Damnwells, The Black Keys and Magnolia Electric Company. In fact one of the standout tracks is “Rock And Roll Boys and Girls” which reminds me of The Damnwell’s song … “Bad Thing”.
“Invitation” is as twangy as the record gets invoking a Gram Parson-ish sound. Steady Your Hands joins records by the likes of Riviera and One Star Hotel at the top of the heap of bands trying to make a dent in Wilco’s nearly industructable armor. While the release date is still officially months away you can get this one now here.