Kildare singer/songwriter Valentine Black has no fear of his latest single, ‘Take me to your leader’, being used in any of the current election campaigns!
It’s a protest song for the 21st century, channelling the anger felt by people with the Irish establishment. However, rather than a 17 verse lament, he gets to the point in a three minute pop-rock song. The lyrics may make you think but the chorus will make you hum along!
‘Take me to your leader’ will be available as a free download from March 12th on facebook.com/valentineblack
Valentine Black is the alter ego of Kildare musician Peco Mc Loughlin. Having fronted a number of bands, most recently indie-rockers Bright Light Fiasco who enjoyed success with two top 40 singles, Peco decided to go solo in late 2008. He’s been writing songs since and is currently recording his debut album, due for release in Summer 2011. The lead single from the album, ‘Retrospect’, was released in October 2010 with some glowing reviews and his new politically charged single, ‘Take me to your leader’, is due for release in March 2011.
He has already created quite a bit of interest making the heats of The JD Set in 2009, being selected in May 2010 for youngrebel.co.uk's international playlist and playing the live heats for Phantom FM’s ‘Next Becks Thing’ in August 2010. He has recently performed a number of well received showcases at Indie Week Canada in October 2010. And only this month has been selected as a ‘Youtube Superstar’ on Today FM’s KC show for his song ‘What a Woman Can Do’.
Songs on the forthcoming album are about everything from state and church corruption to the old chestnuts of love, loss, life and even murder! The music is influenced by classic artists like Bowie, Dylan, Springsteen, Young, The Clash, and more contemporary acts like Arcade Fire, The National, Elbow, Radiohead and James to name a few.
Over the years he has shared the stage with a number of major artists, supporting acts like The Waterboys, Mundy, Bell X-1, Damien Dempsey, Duke Special, The Blizzards, The Coronas, Luka Bloom, Gerry Fish, Dirty Epics, Aslan and Something Happens to name a few. With the release of his debut album shortly he hopes to take the next step up on the bill!