Valencia kicks off their new CD This Could Be a Possibility sounding very much like a cross between Dexter Freebish and Fountains Of Wayne. "The Space Between" is a standard alt-rock song featuring crunchy guitars and a fairly groovy bass line.
Much of the lyrical content involves questions about alcohol, relationships and life. The angst on this CD doesn't sound phony or pretentious, but seems to fit the musical content nicely. The riffing gets a little old, but that is what you get with alternative these days, a lot of the same. There are enough interesting points in the CD to keep it fresh. Valencia is at its best when it is playing off a strong rhythm section like the songs "The Closest I Am to Living Life on the Edge" and "Three Thousand Miles". "Eagle Mount Drive" has a Bowling for Soup feel and is catchy.
Shane Henderson sounds a little like every other lead alt-rock singer, from Stephan Jenkins to Mike Curly, but the voice matches the music so this isn't a criticism. You aren't going to find anything new or earthshaking from this Philadelphia band. This Could Be a Possibility is much more like a solid beginning.
1. The Space Between
2. Que Sera Sera
3. What Are You Doing, Man? That's Weird!
4. Tenth Street
5. The Closest I Am To Living On The Edge
6. Will We Ever Know How
7. Eagle Mount Drive
8. Three Thousand Miles
9. Backs Against The Wall
10. Away We Go