EDGY and hard-hitting alternative rockers VALNETINO IS DEAD look set to emerge from virtual obscurity with a bang after teaming up with one of LA’s most prolific producers and engineers to mix their debut album.
Entitled, ‘Misadventures in Punk Rock’ the album was given a massive stadium rock sound by the team in LA whose list of clients include none other than Jimmy Page, Slash, Hole, Aerosmith and Red Hot Chili Peppers to name but a few.
VALNETINO IS DEAD comprises of two permanent members Gerard Bowe and Keith Smith who are no strangers to the Irish music scene having played together for years in their former band ‘The Keds’.
The album was officially released earlier this month and has already been picked up by Ian Dempsey who recommended the album to his listeners before giving it a spin on his show.
Despite the title, singer and guitarist Keith said this is not your typical punk rock album. He explained, “This album is more rock than punk in sound but where it lives up to its title is how it was created. Although it was mixed in LA to give it this huge sound it was actually recorded by us in our own home studio.”
“The punk rock ethos is all about doing things for yourself and that’s what we’ve done with this album and this new band from record the songs, to designing the artwork, to building the website and even having a big hand in creating the two music videos that accompany the album.”
Misadventures in Punk Rock is currently available from iTunes and on hardcopy from the band’s website www.valentinoisdead.com where you can also get a free download of the hard-hitting opening track ‘Up Your Anti’.
The album will get an official launch in Drogheda on 1st December with an afternoon in-store gig in HMV followed by a full set later that night in McPhails. The lads will also play Boyles in Slane on 6th December and a Dublin launch along with further shows is planned for early 2013.

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