Atmospheric Indie Rock from Houston, Texas and Brisbane, Australia

New Album "Chameleon Bones" out now.


Stay Tuned ... 

Yes, things have been quiet since the Texas shows in March, but we are working on new material ... schedule isn't finalized yet, but keep your ears peeled for new music late this year or early next ...

The Valery Trails First Ever US Shows! 

Announcing ... the first ever US shows by The Valery Trails - an exclusive (i.e. there ain't that many of them) run of shows in Houston and Austin in March, coinciding with SXSW. 

Shows confirmed so far are as follows: 

March 13 - Houston - Down Under Sounds, at the Continental Club (7pm) 

March 14 - Austin - Dozen Street (Day Party) 

March 16 - Austin - Amigos Internacionales Showcase, Guero's (Day Party) 

March 17 - Austin - Cherrywood Coffee House (Day Party) 

To celebrate, we've released a sampler album for free download, including tracks from our three albums and one EP, as well as a previously unreleased version. 

You can get it here on Bandcamp 

Stay tuned for more details, set times, facebook events to RSVP to and (hopefully) more show announcements!

Quiet times 

Things are quiet at the moment in VTrails-land, with life and other projects intervening most inconveniently. However, there has been a start made on some new tunes and vague plans are afoot, so watch this space ...

SXSW 2017 

Once again, March has rolled around, which means SXSW! Andrew played a solo set at the 8th annual Down Under Sounds showcase in Houston along with some other great up and coming Aussie bands - The Coconut KidsThe Elliotts and Beth Brown, then headed to Austin to play at Dart Music International's annual day party, sharing the stage with a bunch of great bands from Austin and around the world, including The Band of Heathens and Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

So what's next?  Writing some tunes, watch this space for news of new material, hopefully by the end of the year ...

(photo credit - Tony Crigan)

New Music!  

It took a bit longer than we planned, but new music is finally here.  The album Chameleon Bones will be released on August 5, and the first single, OK is out now and available for free download, on this site or on Soundcloud. You can also check out the lyric video:

Follow us on Facebook for the latest news as we get closer to release day.

Live shows! 

As I write, things are back to their natural order, with the band once again separated by the Pacific Ocean, after a great few weeks in Queensland where we played the First! Ever! live Valery Trails shows.  Some more video may surface, but for now, here's proof at least that we actually managed to pull off this unlikely feat:

Thanks to the good folks of Brisbane, Nambour and Toowoomba (and those who came from further afield), it was great to meet you and make some noise for you.  People of the US, hopefully we can bring some live VTrails action to your shores at some stage.  People of other nations - honestly, it's going to be a bit tricky to get to you, but let us know if you have any ideas.

Big love to the awesome Suicide Swans, The Stress of Leisure and Morgan Hann who were excellent line-up-mates, I highly recommend checking them out.

In honour of the inaugural live shows, we released a single - In Your Heart (from Buffalo Speedway), complete with two previously unreleased "B-sides".  You can download it at our Bandcamp page: In Your Heart

Also check out the video, where we break our longstanding "no band members in music videos" policy:

Last but not least, work is well away on album number three, watch this space for further developments.


Happy New Year 

Happy 2015 to you all!  Watch this space for 2015 VTrails happenings, including new music, and in the mean time, check out an acoustic performance of "In the Sun":


Release Day! 

It's April 29 in Australia, so I'm calling it - let's get this show on the road ...

The very best place to buy your copy of our brand new album Buffalo Speedway is right here on this website - for digital go to the "Music" page, for luscious, lovely, warm vinyl or for CD go to the "Store" page.  Maybe you'll get a hand-written thank-you note, or a couple of stickers (if I can remember where I stashed them) with your order ...

If you'd prefer to make your selection form your favourite online marketplace, the album is available from all the usual suspects, here are some handy dandy links:


iTunes - US

iTunes - Australia

Amazon - US

Amazon - UK

CD Baby

You can try before you buy on the "Music" page, and you can see what the reviewers are saying about the album on the "Press" page.

Happy shopping!


Down Under Sounds  

Every year I put together a line-up of bands for the Houston Australian-American Chamber of Commerce's annual Aussie music showcase, this year's event was held on March 11.  With the imminent release of the new VTrails album, I invoked organizer's privilege and took the opportunity to kick off proceedings with a short solo set, a couple of tunes from our debut Ghosts and Gravity and a couple of songs from the upcoming Buffalo Speedway (getting close now, only a month until release date).

As usual, it was a great night, also featuring Mia Dyson, Money For Rope and Anne McCue.  The venue was the fabulous Continental Club, sister to the famous Austin venue and pretty much my favourite venue in Houston.

On the afternoon of the show, Mia and I went to radio KPFT to perform and chat with the King of Grief, Jeffrey Thames on his show Sound Awake.  Jeffrey has been a great supporter of Down Under Sounds, and Australian music over the years and we had a great time catching up with him.  If you press play on the audio widget thingy add the bottom of this post you can check out the acoustic version of In the Sun from Ghosts and Gravity that I did on the show.

As always, please press the button of your choice on the front page of the site to stay up to date with all the news, which will be ramping up over the next month leading up to the release date of Buffalo Speedway, which will be available in pretty much any digital or physical format that you may desire (sorry, no 8-track, but if any of you hipsters out there are interested in a custom cassette edition, hit us up via e-mail - we have the technology).


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