VIDEO PREMIERE: Jack Valero shares his new single ‘Pull Back The Hammer’

Jack Valero
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Jack Valero today kickstarts a big year ahead by sharing his new single ‘Pull Back The Hammer’. It represents the first song to be taken from his debut EP which will follow later this summer. The track is also his first release under a new deal with Modern Sky, where he joins a burgeoning roster which includes The Lottery Winners, Jamie Webster, The Slow Readers Club and Red Rum Club.

‘Pull Back The Hammer’ sees Jack introducing a forceful, full-throttle live sound, taking in driving open road Americana with a little power-pop punch for good measure. Its protest song attitude is just as vehement as Jack paints an allegory of a gambling man willing to risk everything for… well, what exactly? Jack’s voice is also infused with a new-found urgency, his anger spilling out as he brings the song to a close.

Jack says, “Really excited to be releasing my debut single on Modern Sky with my new band. This song keeps it raucous and hooky while touching on the state of affairs in the world and the worrying sense that long-term safeties that were taken for granted are now being undermined, dropping us into an uneasy limbo once thought to be a thing of the past. It’s about history repeating itself and what could possibly be waiting for us down this road if we do nothing to stop it.”

Modern Sky CEO David Pichilingi adds, “We are so happy to welcome Jack to our Modern Sky family. At Modern Sky, we are not genre led – we simply sign great artists who write great songs with great stories to tell. Jack fits this bill perfectly. We are very excited to be working with him on the start of his journey and look forward to creating beautiful stories together.”

Check out ‘Pull Back The Hammer’ – BELOW:

‘Pull Back The Hammer’ was written by Jack and recorded at Echo Zoo Studios in Eastbourne with producer Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and engineer Dave Izumi.

Immersed within the world of music his entire life, Jack Valero released his first three singles last year – ‘Heaven Help Me’, ‘Hollow Warmth’ and ‘Form Over Function’ – which united the sharp, observant lyricism and timeless folk-rock melody of Tom Petty and Elvis Costello with a contemporary touch that echoed Sam Fender.

Having recently performed at SXSW as well as completing a UK tour, Jack will play shows including Glastonbury and Kendal Calling with his new band, which consists of Erik Litstrom (guitar), Maxine Cahill (bass), Theo Williams-Burchell (drums) and Amie Shouler (backing vocals). First comes a hometown show at Brighton’s WaterBear as support to Ed Cosens of Reverend and the Makers. Expect details of further live shows to be confirmed soon. The dates are:

6th – Brighton, WaterBear (supporting Ed Cosens and Tom Bright)
22nd – Glastonbury, Avalon Lounge Stage
23rd – Glastonbury, Greenpeace Stage

6th – Brighton, Folklore Rooms
27th – Summer By The River, Southbank, London
28th – Kendal Calling, Tim Peaks Stage

2nd – Dorchester, Cerne Abbas Festival

21st – Pilton Club

8th – Sunderland, Fire Station (supporting Tom A. Smith)


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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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