[Cover photo credit to Bernard J. Hunt]
Values Here is a new band led by Barcelona-based vocalist Chui and guitarist John Porcelly (Youth Of Today, Shelter, Judge), and they recently released the single “Will Be Tomorrow.” Now, the band have also shared “Do You Know Why?“ The song’s accompanying video takes in the natural world and reinforces the upbeat message of the song.
Both singles will appear on Take Your Time, I’ll Be Waiting, their debut album set for release September 22nd, 2023 on End Hits Records.
On writing “Do You Know Why?” Chui states:
I’ve been playing in punk and hardcore bands since I was 15, and I tried everything to be successful with it. I worked my ass off but it just didn’t get anywhere. In the end I felt so exhausted that I thought about giving up, I kept singing different styles of music but didn’t play in a band for a few years and I really missed that a lot, I love singing and dancing to pop music too, but it wasn’t the same.
In that moment when i wasn’t looking for nothing, this opportunity for Values Here came up. It was like a gift from the universe. This made me realize that sometimes we want to force things to happen, to control everything in our lives but life doesn’t always work that way. Like the lyrics say, ‘Destiny has its own rules,’ and ‘Flow and you’ll find.’
Values Here has been a long time in the making, with Chui and Porcell first meeting years ago at a Shelter show in Chui’s hometown of Barcelona, Spain. A somewhat-joking conversation about forming a band ensued and Chui continued to follow-up with Porcell on social media until one day during the pandemic, he decided to send her some unused demos and she came back the next day with the song “Will Be Tomorrow,” complete with several vocal tracks and harmonies.
From that point, the pair spent a year writing songs and narrowing down what would eventually become the thirteen tracks on Take Your Time, I’ll Be Waiting. The album itself is “optimistic and hopeful, putting forth a positive mental attitude and mindset.”
With production by Tom Soares (Judge, Shelter) and mastering by Dave Kutch (Billie Eilish, The Weeknd), the band is rounded out by by bassist Tim Brooks (Bold) and drummer Vinny Panza.