Valley Queen front woman Natalie Carol leads a band reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and My Morning Jacket with vocals evocative of Florence Welch. Neil Wogensen (Bass & Vocals), Shawn Morones (Lead Guitar & Vocals) and Gerry Doot (drums), enrich the songs with energy, excitement and emotion.
In 2016, the band released the singles “In My Place” and “High Expectations” on Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records to wide acclaim, and have played lauded shows at an array of venues, opening for Reggie Watts, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, LP, Laura Marling, Springtime Carnivore and The Wild Reeds, as well as headlining the Echo Park Rising Festival, Pappy & Harriet's and The Echoplex. They’ve been featured in the lineups at Lightning in a Bottle, River Roots Live, NPR's Tiny Desk Contest Tour and Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion.
Pranav Trewn from Stereogum praised that Valley Queen has “never sounded better than they do on “In My Place,” and Bob Boilen from NPR’s All Songs Considered believes that “Valley Queen comes from the Neil Young school of great music."
February 2017 marks the debut of Valley Queen's premiere EP, featuring their newest songs produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Nikki Lane, Fool's Gold, FIDLAR). The songs show the band's sonic evolution since their first release, and will set the stage for an exciting year to come.
Farewood is comprised of husband and wife songwriters Lou Lorenzo and Leah Booker. Rounding out the present lineup is drummer Kyle McCarthy and soundscape artist Ed Diaz. The band finds inspiration for their tunes against the backdrop of their hometown of Meriden, CT. The desolate feel of the city surroundings consistently finds its way into the subconsciousness of their songs, yielding a sound that at times is shadowy, desperate and lonely. But like many Connecticut towns, once you venture out of the emptiness of its downtown center, the back roads can unfold into beautiful, almost country roads. That duality, or contrast if you will, can be found throughout their music. Their songs can be dark, but underneath it all lies a certain unmistakable beauty.
The band is currently recording their fourth album, which they hope to have the ready for 2012. Farewood's sound has drawn comparisons to The Cocteau Twins, Sundays, The Cure, Afghan Whigs and Dinosaur Jr.