Adding to the list of incredible summer tours, here comes another fun one! Promise of Redemption, the solo project of Valencia’s Shane Henderson, will be hitting the road next month with Best Ex (Formerly Candy Hearts) with additional support from Kozie, June Divided, and Baggage on select dates.
After 8 years, the guys have decided to take a break. Below is the statement from the guys.
Valencia originally came together back in 2003. Most of us were still just in high school, but we all had gotten to know each other through the tightly knit music community we grew up in around Philadelphia. We started this band because of a mutual need to create something heartfelt and to give everyone a message we needed to share. We all felt like music would be the most significant part of our lives, but never in our wildest dreams could we have predicted the things we’d get to do, or more importantly, the people we would meet because of this band and the songs we wrote and shared with the world.
We started touring full time in late 2004, thanks to everyone at I Surrender Records putting faith in our band and releasing our first record. Ever since then, we’ve given everything we had to our music. We’ve been touring nonstop since then, playing shows in 46 states and five different countries over seven years, all of them places we were brought to thanks to people that believed in what we had to say.
This band started when we were teenagers, and now, as we enter our mid-to-late twenties, we’ve decided that it’s time for us to scale back our time on the road and explore the other elements of life that are not as easily accessible while touring full time. We aren’t considering this our band breaking up, because if that was the case, this situation would feel very final, and it doesn’t feel that way to us. It remains natural for us to write music together and there is always a possibility that we will release new music as Valencia sometime in the future. In the meantime, new music will be written and released by each of us and when that happens, we will let you know.
In honor of starting this next chapter, please join us on December 28th, 2011 for one last show in our hometown of Philadelphia, at the Electric Factory. We hope you’ll be there with us to share one of the most personal, memorable, and important nights of our lives. Thank you all for everything – the letters, the tattoos, the years of listening, for so many countless, priceless sentiments – there’s no way we could ever fully express our gratitude for everything you’ve done for us. We’ve been given the chance to go down a path not many are able to take, and because you’ve had our backs through the story that is our band, we’re able to continue that journey through whatever comes next for us.
Like The Academy Is… lead singer, William Beckett, the lead singer of Valencia, Shane Henderson also took to his tumblr to wrote his own statement on the hiatus and what’s to come. You can read that by clicking here.
Shane Henderson from Valencia has started a weekly acoustic cover series. His first cover of Jimmy Eat World’s “Hear You Me,” which pays tribute to the passing of Valencia’s ex-drummer Max Soria, can be seen below.
Ex-Valencia drummer Maxim Sorialost control of his motorcycle and struck into a guide rail last night in Pennsylvania and died. Soria was Valencia’s drummer from 2003-2009 and played on the band’s first two full length albums. Soria was 28 years old. Rest In Peace.
07.15.11 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA 07.16.11 – Chain Reaction – Anahiem, CA 07.18.11 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT * 07.19.11 – Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO * 07.20.11 – Emo’s – Austin, TX * 07.22.11 – The Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX 07.23.11 – The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK 07.25.11 – The Firebird – St. Louis, MO 07.26.11 – Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN # 07.27.11 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL # 07.28.11 – The Mad Hatter – Covington, KY 07.29.11 – Pike Room – Pontiac, MI 07.30.11 – The Annex – Toronto, ON 07.31.11 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA 08.01.11 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH 08.03.11 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY # 08.04.11 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY 08.05.11 – Webster Underground – Hartford, CT 08.06.11 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA # 08.07.11 – North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA # 08.08.11 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD # 08.09.11 – Greene Street Club – Greensboro, NC # 08.11.11 – Rocketown – Nashville, TN 08.12.11 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 08.13.11 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL 08.14.11 – The Backbooth – Orlando, FL
Also featuring: I See Stars and Forever The Sickest Kids on select dates
6/22 – Baltimore, MD – White Marsh Mall – w/ I See Stars and DGK Skate Team 6/24 – North Wales, PA (right outside Philadelphia) – Montgomery Mall – w/ I See Stars and Supra Skate Team 6/26 – Northern New Jersey – TBA – w/ I See Stars and Alien Workshop and Habitat Skate Teams 6/29 – Aurora, IL (right outside Chicago) – Westfield Mall – w/ Forever the Sickest Kids and Lakai Skate Team 7/1 – Minneapolis, MN – Mall of America – w/ Forever the Sickest Kids and Plan B Skate Team
All shows are free and include fun things like skateboarding and more.