Formed in the closing days of 2009, Stations in the Valley
are an indie/rock/alternative band featuring ex-members of seminal post-hardcore band Secondsmile
. After allowing themselves a year off after a near lifetime of playing (all 3 members have been playing together for roughly 15 years), the 3 members of SITV have re-grouped and reviewed their musical ambitions. The culmination of this is the bands new 4-track EP (produced by Dan Lucas), which draws on all 3 members vast array of influences. Lead songwriter Ross Smithwicks abilities can be traced back to the days he and his bandmates first started playing Silverchair and Smashing Pumpkins covers in their first band during their early teenhood. The delicate and craftful songwriting also has echoes of later influences such as Elliott Smith
, Jeff Buckley
. Overall there is a feel of timelessness in the songs, and although the band is clearly capable of technical structures (as displayed earlier in their careers), in SITV; songs come first. Whether it is upbeat indie anthems done as well as any US indie band around at the moment, or brooding piano and saxophone laden songs, SITV shine like a subtle diamond, clearly relishing in their chosen art. SITV are currently booking shows and enjoying showcasing their new material, and on listening, it’s hard not to be caught up in their simple joy and enthusiasm for music.
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