El Valiente


RIP El Val... 2006 - 2016

Few local bands have received more accolades more quickly than El Valieinte. Since forming in 2008 the trio’s previous albums – 2008’s El Topo and 2009’s Daceton – received widespread acclaim, the latter winning Alternative Album of the Year at the Madison Area Music Awards as well as being picked as a “best of” in the Isthmus and Onion. They’ve been voted Best Experimental Band two years running in the Isthmus poll. The newest album, White Comanche, was chosen as one of 2012’s best in 77 Square.

El Valiente’s sound might be described as Sonic Youth providing the soundtrack for a Tarantino western. Eric Caldera soaks his guitar in reverb, evoking the wide-open spaces that characterize the band’s all-instrumental compositions. Drummer Joe Bernstein doubles on glockenspiel, building tension, adding the Dali touch of surrealism to the landscapes and giving El Valiente its unique identity. -Local Sounds Magazine

If Ennio Morricone were reborn as a gritty rocker with an affinity for big riffs, he might make music that sounded something like this..

This three-piece instrumental rock band showed impressive chops as they mixed spacey-spaghetti guitars, bass grooves, and a drummer who also played glockenspiel.  It worked.  They played the title song off their new cd, “White Comanche,” taking us on a journey through prog-rock territory, angular rhythms, and telecaster shredding.