Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, The Valley Ends are gearing up for the release of their debut album Hearth. Hearth builds on the diverse landscapes of sound explored over 7 tracks on their DIY concept EP Falls in 2014. A self-released EP that saw the band playing alongside the likes of Emarosa, Young Lions, Slaves, Bayside and Dance Gavin Dance.
The debut single off this new album is entitled “Dark Emu”, and is the first taste of what’s to come. It showcases how the band has grown in terms of dynamics and incorporating heavier sounds and textures, while still maintaining their unique sound.
“Dark Emu” by The Valley Ends is almost two songs in one. The first half explores eclectic rhythms with catchy vocal hooks, whilst the second half explores darker and heavier tones. The lyrics are purposefully written to be open to interpretation, encouraging listeners to discover their own meaning.
In saying this, lead vocalist Tim D’Agostino generally speaks to themes of lost knowledge, feelings of helplessness and the intrinsic need for community. D’Agostino reflects upon reading a powerful book, of the same title, on the history and culture of pre-colonialist Australia.