Los Angeles-based rockers Valley Queen will bring "a new vibe" to their next Savannah concert.
The band, which made their local debut at last year’s Savannah Stopover Music Festival, returns Sept. 21 to El-Rocko Lounge. Savannah singer-songwriter Britt Scott will open.
The quartet is known for psychedelic-tinged California folk-rock, but with the release of their full-length debut album, “Supergiant,” fans can expect a much different show this time around.
“There is definitely an evolution that has taken place since,” said Natalie Carol, vocalist and guitarist for the band. “I’m always trying to dig deeper, to be more clear and raw about what I’m trying to say. So you’ll hear new songs, new guitar work, a new vibe.”
“Supergiant” takes its title from the most massive and luminous yet fastest-burning stars in the universe, Carol explained. It emerges with raw production and relentless intensity. Each member brings a creative force and energy to every song to encompass a collective exploration of the band.
“The song ‘Supergiant’ is about how we’re all made up of the same stuff as stars, and I liked the idea of tying the whole album together with that metaphor,” said Carol. “It takes all the drama you hear on the record — the aggressive, chaotic moments, and the more beautiful or quieter moments — and puts it all into a more galactic perspective.”
The first iteration of Valley Queen formed not long after Carol moved to L.A. and crossed paths with Neil Wogensen through the local music scene. With Shawn Morones and drummer Gerry Doot later joining the lineup, the band named themselves Valley Queen in a nod to the region where ancient Egyptians buried their deceased matriarchs. They released the singles “In My Place” and “High Expectations,” as well as 2017 EP "Destroyer," to widespread critical acclaim.
Playing in Savannah is a culmination of their relationship with Savannah Stopover, which is producing the show, and the support of the fans they made during their last visit.
“The city was so alive and the music scene just grabbed us,” said Carol. “We’re going to be on stage again doing what we’re supposed to be doing. I hope it’s inspiring. I hope people are empowered. I hope the crowd is sparked and lit up.”
And I hope to see y’all on the dance floor.