Val Astaire was created in the winter of 2017. A conceptual idea, Val emulates and encapsulates what I’ve always seen myself. Through the idea that we’re all a product of our own creative choosing - I chose to create.
Val has no religion. Val has no policy. Val has no social cue. Val exists in moments and then doesn’t exist at all.
“We’ve all had times when we wished we just didn’t exist; when things get rough and we find ourselves in a dark place, trapped in our own minds, the idea of simply disappearing can sound pleasurable. But if we can take those feelings – of wanting to disappear and be lost forever – and channel them into a positive outlet, we have the potential for great creativity, and that’s exactly what Brian Joyce (formerly of Major League) has done with his new project, Val Astaire. Originally formed simply as The Communion, things shifted as Joyce created “Val Astaire” as an alter ego in late 2017.
Joyce says about the project, “I chose to take a different route with this project late last year after a dark episode I went through stemmed from an ongoing battle with depression. For years I’ve struggled with portraying my music comfortably as myself while tackling these demons. And I’ve lived a very long time being uncomfortable with who I am. It’s not something that has been easy for me to come to grips with. Whenever I was feeling lost or subsided in my own depression, it followed me in everything I did. In the studio, on stage, on tour and even simple interactions. Stepping outside myself and having someone to become in order to perform and portray my music has been the most uplifting, eye-opening and mentally stimulating experience. I created Val as an answer to my problems. When Brian Joyce feels like curling up in a ball and dying – Val steps in and creates. It gives me a chance to leave behind who I am for a while and become someone entirely new, designed how I’d like to see them. I had to do this for me.” - Substream Magazine April 2018
Val Astaire & The Communion
Val Astaire, accompanied by the Massachusetts based pop-band The Communion, will be releasing Val’s debut album “...Don’t Call Me Valentine” this spring. The records first single The No Funs is what Val describes as ‘an attempt to preserve a mental state unhindered by political, religious or social status.’
The release comes just one year after The Communion’s first introduction to the world supporting Bad Rabbits, May 2017.
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 Communion’s sound.
The Communion’s Introduction: Blow
Pre the idea of Val, The Communion released it’s first single, Blow via Alternative Press on Valentines Day 2017.
This Is The New Sound: The No Funs
Following their North American run with Bad Rabbits, The Communion wrapped up 2017 with appearances at small festivals and clubs while releasing singles Runway Love and Americana Summer before Val’s conception in the studio during winter ‘17-’18. Per Val’s new direction - Val and producer Chris Curran logged two months worth of work creating what would be the new sound of Val Astaire. The No Fun’s is the first single from Val Astaire:
“Today, we’re thrilled to be premiering the music video for “The No Funs,” the first single from Val Astaire and the Communion’s debut album …Don’t Call Me Valentine. “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 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.”