Val Astaire is conceived through the notion of an artist unhindered by any religious, political or social status. Val's first single 'The No Funs' is exactly that. An introduction to the world both visually and lyrically, Val steps forth in the singles video premier giving an inside look at the pure state in which this exists.
“The No Funs” sounds like what you might get if you crossed moody pop music with 80s classics; Val describes the single as “an attempt to preserve a mental state unhindered by politics, religion or social status.”
Shot, directed, and edited by Brian Joyce and photographer / filmmaker Michael Shronk, the video for “The No Funs” features Val dressed head to toe in powder blue, as he’s in a bright red room with various props painted to match. Throughout the clip, he remains stone-faced as he pours a cup of tea, picks up the phone, and plays a keyboard, guitar, and drum. Val never quite makes eye contact with the viewer, instead looking intently at something else in the distance; this, combined with the crisp aesthetic of the video, leads to a feeling that would be almost eerie, if the song wasn’t so catchy." - Substream Magazine, April 2018
The release comes just one year after The Communion’s first introduction to the world supporting Bad Rabbits last May.
The members of The Communion have spent the better part of the last decade covering more than 60 countries collectively through an array of separate musical outlets. Through touring together and collaborating on a multitude of levels, The Communion was conceived through the ideas and creative direction of singer Val Astaire. With the artistic and sonic composition of guitarist, producer and songwriter Chris Curran, The Communion introduced long time songwriter and singer Michael Adams on bass. The percussionist backbone of Christian Mullen and creative layering of guitar and synth by Matthew Chila completed The Communions live sound.