Show Recap: Lost in Translation Tour - Local Wolves


Valley — The Regent Theater in Los Angeles, CA — May 19, 2023

Before their second show at The Regent Theater in downtown LA, I had the chance to hang out with VALLEY. This delightful Canadian band has an energy that is just as warm and playful, and mesmerizing as their music. 

Later that evening, the venue was filled to the brim with fans just as warm and energetic as the band. The crowd was all-in all night. Singing along to every word (including with the opening act Aidan Bissett), dancing and clinging to their friends, and creating even more core memories soundtracked by VALLEY. Performing classics like their opening song, “There’s Still A Light In The House,” and “A Phone Call In Amsterdam” had the crowd roaring over the first chords. The audience accompanied the band along with every syllable and ad-lib with their latest singles, “Break For You” and “Throwback Tears.” As I was photographing and dancing my way around the venue, it felt like every verse and chorus had been masterfully crafted between the band and every single person present; each song felt that personal and acted as a reminder of how beautifully connective music is. 

The entire show was captivating, from drummer Karah James switching in to sing up at the front to the now ritualistic moment when bassist Alex Dimauro lifts Rob Laska on his shoulders and any moment guitarist Mickey Brandolino is thrashing any guitar solo. Right before the end of the night, lead vocalist Rob Laska makes his way into the crowd to sing “Paper Cup (sorry for myself)”, and if sincerity can feel tangibly electric, the room was zapped and entranced. 

Take any chance you have to see VALLEY live in concert, and be sure to check out their newest single coming out June 1st, “Have a good summer (without me). ” 

Words & Photography: Victoria Alexis

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