With their buoyant blend of indie pop uplift and melodic hooks, Canadian band Valley rode a pair of independent EPs to viral success in the mid-2010s. The Toronto group signed with Universal in 2017 and found breakthrough success, receiving a Juno Award nomination for their 2019 debut album, Maybe.
Originally based in Oakville, Ontario, Valley came together by chance in late 2013 when its members were in separate bands (Cars & Guitars and National Parks) who were accidentally double-booked for the same time slot at a local recording studio. Singer Rob Laska, guitarist Michael Brandolino, bassist Alex Dimauro, and drummer/singer Karah James hit it off and decided to combine forces as Valley. Their 2015 six-track EP Car Test introduced fans to their winsome pop songwriting, and they followed it a year later with the longer, nine-song EP This Room Is White, whose lush single "Swim" was soon streamed into the millions. Within a year, Valley had signed a major-label deal with Universal Music Canada, and they began working on a full-length.
Released in two parts, Maybe Side A appeared in 2018, featuring half of the material, with Maybe Side B appearing as a second EP in May 2019. The combined Maybe album appeared in September, yielding the hit "There's Still a Light in the House" and earning the band a 2020 Juno Award nomination for Breakthrough Group of the Year. Later that year, Valley returned with the non-album single "Hiccup." ~ Timothy Monger
HOMETOWNOakville, Ontario, Canada