Blackburn based Sky Valley Mistress who are releasing their debut album in March on New Heavy Sounds (Black Moth) have shared the video for new single ‘Skull & Pistons’. The video features footage of their time out in the California desert where they recorded with Dave Catching (QOTSA, Iggy Pop) at his Rancho de la Luna studio. You can watch the video above where Dave also makes an appearance.
“I just wanna tell you guys a little somethin’ about this record. Somethin’ that you really need to know. I want this to perforate your eardrums, have a fight inside your head and leave a slow burnin’ fire in the darkest part of your mind. That will never let you forget what will be embedded inside you forever”
These are the words of Dave Catching, Mojave Lord, guitarist with Eagles Of Death Metal, QOTSA and also co-producer along with the band of the latest release on New Heavy Sounds.
Dave’s intro opens ‘Faithless Rituals’, the debut album from Sky Valley Mistress. 8 tracks of full on hard, and heavy stoner rock, that is guaranteed to nail your ass to the wall from the get – go. 8 tracks of fierce passion and spirit.
As Dave says …
“Let it puncture your heart, bleed through your body and electrify your soul. Because this … THIS IS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL”
Sky Valley Mistress spent 10 days recording at Dave Catching’s Rancho de la Luna studio in California, hanging out with the like’s of Hutch (QOTSA’s ex sound man), Bingo (Mojave Lords), Chris Goss (Masters of Reality), Peaches and Arctic Monkeys who also dropped by during the stay.
Footage from their time out there is featured in the video for new single ‘Skull & Pistons’. Guitarist Sean ‘Starsky’ Berry comments, ‘Skull & Pistons is about Max’s (drummer) leather jacket and the cool things he’s done in it, the video shows the band’s coolest journey to the desert to record their debut album, It was an obvious choice for a debut single and although this jacket is literally now falling of his shoulders it makes a cameo in this film.’
Sky Valley Mistress are 4 young upstarts from Blackburn, Lancashire, who have been honing their chops over the years up & down the country, and showcasing their blistering live set at Download, Camden Rocks and Sound City along with supports with ‘The Subways’ Cadillac Three, Earthlings and ‘Band Of Skulls’ amongst others.
In fact, SVM could easily hold their own against the likes of Jim Jones, Rival Sons, Royal Blood, BRMC or any other rockers greasy or otherwise.
Still only in their mid 20s, you can only assume, on listening to this debut, that these young turks made that journey to those legendary crossroads and did the dirty deed with the dark one himself, such is the level of musicianship and vocal prowess on show here.
So how did they hook up with Dave Catching? That’s a story in itself. It was Halloween & the band all went to an Eagles of Death Metal gig in fancy dress as members of EODM and their friends. After the show the band blagged their way backstage. The boys in EODM loved their costumes and SVM gave Dave Catching some of their tracks and asked for him to check them out.
Dave later came back to them and said he really liked what he heard and that if they were thinking of doing an album they should record at his place in California, the legendary studio at Rancho de la Luna.
And so it eventually came to pass.
The result of that meeting of minds and souls is the full spectrum stoner rock ‘n’ roll assault of ‘Faithless Rituals’.
‘Faithless Rituals’ will hit the world on 20th March 2020, and will emerge in a very special deluxe vinyl package as well as CD and DL. Pre order now here.
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Image on header – credit Tom Bronowski