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Portrait of Old Wives' Tale

Old Wives' Tale


About Old Wives' Tale

Los Angeles, CA

“...back with their sophomore album 'Late-Night Paraphernalia' that is more sophisticated and adventurous than the first. This album, like the first is also guaranteed to make your head bop while doing a lil rock n' roll dance all your own. Completely opposite in their tones, Felipe and Jaime provide a very well put together brother dynamic that sets them apart from the rest.” - Off The Radar

"...amped-up, high-focus, twitchy, and sweaty. This is late-night music -- churning synths, funky basslines, and DFA Records-style cowbell create a roiling, speed-paranoia vibe that still stays danceable. The album was recorded between Miami and the Valencias' native Bogota, but sounds piped directly in from downtown New York or east London -- first-class!" - Miami New Times

Brothers Jaime and Felipe Valencia formed Old Wives' Tale in 2006 shortly after making the decision to relegate their biology, chemistry, music and audio engineering diplomas to mere wall decorations.

Infected by an angst that resonated in every indie club in Miami's design district, Jaime and Felipe joined their contrasting music personalities to create a fresh sound composed of distorted bass lines, disco beats, ripping guitars, and lyrics referencing alter-egos, heart-breaking love affairs, and one-night stands.

With their debut record,Younger Limbs, Old Wives' Tale made a handsome impact on the Miami music scene and abroad, performing in venues such as Grand Central, The Vagabond, Rokbar and Churchill’s, as well as London’s Barfly, Madrid’s Orange Café, Paris’ Le Gibus and Barcelona’s Sala Apolo along with their impressive video “[15]Amphetamine” selected by Michel Gondry [Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind] as the "Audience Choice Award" winner in the Babelgum.com Video Music Awards in 2009. Their music has been on Sundance’s The Lazy Environmentalist, MTV’s Real World: Las Vegas and VH1’s Saddle Ranch.

Now, as the best kind of control freaks, Jaime and Felipe still handle just about everything having to do with their new sophmore record, Late-Night Paraphernalia -- from production duties to art direction. Recorded at Miami’s legendary The Hit Factory Criteria by Carlos “Loco” Bedoya [Weezer, Missy Elliot, Beyoncé] and mastered by acclaimed mastering engineer George Marino [Arcade Fire, AC/DC, Arctic Monkeys] at Sterling Sound, the album sounds more solid than the first, with more sophisticated songs like “Momma Devìl” (pronounced DeVille), “Josephine” and “Bliss”, but maintaining the “amphetamine music” label they have gotten used to.

That said, the band casually explains with tongue-in-cheek, "We don't want to be thought of as pharmacists." More seriously, Jaime and Felipe elaborate, exclaiming, "This is an effect the band has on itself and on the audience. We want to stimulate people so that they don't let life just pass before their eyes!" With songs as striking as those on Younger Limbs and Late-Night Paraphernalia, Jaime and Felipe needn't worry about that. Our eyes and ears are wide open.

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