Video: Valley Queen, ‘My Man’

Valley Queen
Valley Queen

When not campaigning for Best Live Band (bar very few) on the L.A. scene the past couple of years, Valley Queen have been slowly working on finishing a full-length album made with producer Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Nikki Lane, FIDLAR, Superhumanoids, Fool’s Gold, Happy Hollows). Valley Queen’s is the sound of hard, soulful Americana, a cauldron of Southern rock — something in the way frontwoman and Arkansas native Natalie Meadors sometimes curls her vocals — Laurel Canyon fever and ’70s hard rock.

The band — Meadors along with guitarist Shawn Morones, bassist Neil Wogensen and drummer Gerry Doot — finally have a single (“In My Place,” b/w “High Expectations”) on the way Aug. 12, but with Valley Queen not having released anything since a 2014 single, today’s video release for the song “My Man” serves as a tasty (re-) introduction. Directed by Mitch deQuilettes and Megan McIsaac, the not-quite-safe-for-work visual stars Eden Rose and offers “a metaphorical exploration of the psyche and surrender of the physical self,” the band says. Rose flits from bed to breakfast to house party to running down the street in Silver Lake while Meadors wields her lyrical magic: “When I said our fears / Were just made to be discovered / I did not yet know the / Demons love uncovers.” Beautiful, and there’s more where that came from.

||| Watch: The video for “My Man”

||| Live: Valley Queen kicks off their residency tonight at the Bootleg Theater.

||| Previously: Live at Make Music Pasadena, live at the Chinese New Year Festival, “Carnival”