Westin J.

Contributing writer for SLUG magazine.

The North Valley

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, or if you’ve been living in Bountiful your probably just realizing that Salt Lake’s music scene is as charged with talent and creativity as ever. Allow me bring you up to speed. Night in and night out Utah venues swell with people who come to hear everything from acid rock to country western to punk rock; the genres abound, but what they all have in common is that they are local bands. Be it these times of economic hardship, the swiftness of mass communication, whatever the reason, more and more people are toe-tapping to the tune of local music.


There are so many bands that I could list and tell of their greatness (Eagle Twin, Holy Water Buffalo, Mountain Hymns just to name a few) but, for the sake of your entire week I won’t. Instead, I’ll tell you just a little bit about the best new band on the scene, The North Valley. 


The five piece, assembled around two members of Mountain Hymns and two vestige members of The Spins has played only a hand-full of shows and one radio session since debuting with Desert Noises in Ogden last December. On the surface The North Valley are a simple hard-hitting rock band with powerful vocals, but what sets them apart from the rest is rooted beneath the longhair torn jean exterior. It’s their songwriting. As the late great Utah Phillips put it, “A revolutionary song is any song that you choose to sing yourself.” Now I’m not calling the The North Valley revolutionary, but they certainly have a voice of their own and aren’t afraid to use it. When a band with this much talent and versatility speaks its mind, or in The North Valley’s case sings it in angelic harmony, people won’t be able to help but listen. The North Valley is playing in Provo on February, 3rd at Muse Music Cafe and again in March at Kilby Court. Until then, get your fix with their first official, unofficial music video, “Left for Dead,” here http://youtu.be/kWxCdOG7448. You can also check out their recent radio performance on KRCL here, http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-north-valley/id282932563?i=109518774 jump to the four-minute mark to hear my personal favorite of their’s titled, “Drink Alone.”

By Westin Porter