Falling Stars, Valley Lodge
Cleveland, OH, 44110
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
Stranded in the Future is the debut album by Falling Stars, the Cleveland rock and roll band founded by Christopher W. Allen and Tim Parnin (Rosavelt, Cobra Verde, Sweet Apple). The album was recorded in North Carolina at Fidelitorium by Mitch Easter and produced by Don Dixon, the duo behind seminal pop albums Murmur and Reckoning.
Stranded in the Future was mastered at Sterling Sound by Greg Calbi, whose credits include Born to Run, Damn the Torpedoes and Blood on the Tracks.
Christopher W. Allen: Vocals, guitar
Tim Parnin: Guitar
Dave Padrutt: Bass
Gerry Porter: Drums
Cleveland Scene Magazine said of Falling Stars:
They’re both guitar players and songwriters who have been making music in the Cleveland scene for many years. And as long as Tim Parnin (Cobra Verde, Sweet Apple, Chuck Mosley) has known Chris Allen, he’s been encouraging him to explore his rock side. Decades later, the pair finally spent a couple of years writing songs for what would eventually become their first album, Stranded In The Future, which will be released under the banner of Falling Stars. “It’s funny — this seems way overdue,” Parnin says. “We’ve hinted about it in the past, but have always both been busy with our own bands.” Once they were able to set aside time for recording, things came together quickly. They laid down basic tracks during three productive days of recording at Mitch Easter’s studio in North Carolina. Easter engineered the sessions with Don Dixon producing and mixing the songs. For those familiar with Allen’s normal work, both as a solo artist and with the band Rosavelt, it’s a slight departure — a purposeful move that both were excited to make. “You’ve been around the block, I’ve been around the block — let’s see if we can find some new streets to hang out on,” Allen says, remembering the initial conversations he and Parnin had at the Happy Dog discussing the potential project. “If we couldn’t do that, we were never going to spend the time recording it.” Tracks like “Down and Out In Ohio” and “Behind The Blinds” crackle with a fresh energy and plenty of guitars while songs like “Losing Without You” and “The Lonely Keep In Touch” demonstrate the depths of sonic exploration that the pair weren’t afraid to indulge. It’s an engaging listen that longtime fans will enjoy and they’ll probably attract some new ears as well as they begin to play live shows together in the new year. — Matt Wardlaw
Valley Lodge is the best rock band basically. You might know them from their wildly popular song "Go," which serves as the theme song to HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver."
Anyway, the band is comprised of singer and guitar player Dave Hill (the internationally renown comedian and writer who has also been a member of Cobra Verde, Sons of Elvis, Walter Schreifels Band, Diamondsnake, and some others too), drummer Rob Pfeiffer (Sense Field), guitar player and singer Phil Costello (Tragedy, Satanicide, Diamondsnake), and bass player man Eddie Eyeball (2 Skinnee J's, Gordon Gano, and more!) Guitar player and founding member John Kimbrough (Walt Mink, Teen Judge, Tenacious D) provides additional rock heat and spiritual guidance via his Los Angeles bunker. They sound kind of like Cheap Trick, T. Rex, Big Star, Raspberries, Thin Lizzy, Matthew Sweet, Slade, the Kinks, and probably a bunch of other stuff too. It's power pop meets pop rock meets your best friend's parents going out of town when you are sixteen and think that they won't notice if you threw a pool party. Oh, and it's 1978 and you are hooked on glue.
Valley Lodge has recorded three albums and are currently recording their fourth incredible album. 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. Additionally, the band's music has appeared in such popular television programs as "Raising Hope," "Cougar Town," "Camp," and more. It is worth noting that all of these programs have been cancelled. Valley Lodge's music has also been featured in television commercials for GMC Trucks and Sonic, the popular hamburger restaurant, an incident that has left the members of the band rich beyond their wildest dreams.
Valley Lodge puts on public displays of their patented live rock assault several times a year. If you would like to have them play at your club, house, teambuilding seminar, or somewhere else, please get in touch via the contact page and a representative will probably get back to you. Also, if you are interesting in licensing the band's music for something or another, you should totally do that.
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