The album and lead single take its title from the most massive and luminous yet fastest-burning stars in the universe. “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,” says frontwoman / guitarist Natalie 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.”
With the album finished and ready to be released into the world, it’s now easier for Carol to take a step back and be philosophical but there were moments when it almost seemed like Supergiant would never come to light.
As the band’s profile grew, so did days on the road and time spent away from home. The band had found their own magical pocket musically but, ultimately, the strain was too much for Morones and Doot who left the band after years on the road. They were replaced with session musicians and the band continued to win fans and play bigger rooms, but the chemistry that Carol had come to depend on was gone.
The growing success earned them a record deal-a dream finally coming to fruition-but Carol was unable to find the creative cohesiveness she knew she needed to make the record. She understood that Valley Queen was more than lyrics and sessions musicians. It was about people, chemistry and the relationships that created such a powerful musical force to begin with. Doot couldn’t rejoin-the strain touring had put on his newborn baby and wife was too much for him to reconsider-and Mike DeLuccia came forward. Then Carol called Morones and, after long discussions and sharing, they all decided it would be worth the risk to try to create this album and tell the story of what had happened.
Two months later, Valley Queen was in the studio. The result is Supergiant, produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Fool’s Gold, Nikki Lane, FIDLAR). Not surprisingly, the album emerges with raw production and relentless intensity. It’s a record that could not have been made any other way, each member bringing their own creative force and energy to every song. It’s about self-exploration, not just as an individual, but as a collective whole.
VALLEY QUEEN TOUR DATES
July 5-8 Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 28 Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge
August 01 San Francisco, CA – Cafe du Nord
August 02 Davis, CA – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
August 03-05 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
August 07 Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
August 08 Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
August 09 Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge
August 11 Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge
August 12 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
August 15 San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew
SUPERGIANT TRACK LISTING
01 – Silver Tongue
02 – Supergiant
03 – Chasing The Muse
04 – Ride
05 – Gems and Rubies
06 – Boiling Water
07 – Bedroom
08 – Two of Cups
09 – Carolina
10 – Highway Pearls