Karen is named after Karen Carpenter. Vallens wrote the song after witnessing friends and family with addictions, and how people with addictions are
misunderstood. Vallens also explore how Karen Carpenter’s addiction was
related to female specific issues that can trigger addiction. Musically it feels like a downward spiral.
Robyn Phillips spent her early years in Toronto playing lead guitar in several bands. With an experience of performing and writing in various genres, Robyn began working on material for her first solo project as VALLENS in the summer of 2014. Taking cues from everything from Rowland S Howard to Portishead, the project began to take shape with a concept of “Vallens” as an alter-ego of Phillips. Soon after, Vallens began recording a full length record with friend Jeff Berner of Psychic TV at his now defunct studio Galuminum Foil in Brooklyn, followed by several months recording songs at Candle Recording with Josh Korody (Beliefs, Wish).
The project debuted live in December of 2014 and quickly captured the attention of music critics, promoters, and the local music scene. Vallens has since been Invited to perform at NXNE, POP Montreal, M for Montreal, andCMJ, in addition to sharing the stage with Frankie Cosmos, Freak Heat Waves, Porches, MOURN, U.S Girls, A Place to Bury Strangers, and La Luz.
Vallens first LP is out June 24, 2016 via Hand Drawn Dracula.
June 10 – Alphaville, Brooklyn NY (Northside Festival)
August 18 – Arboretum Festival, Ottawa ON