The dynamic Damson Blaze unleashes fiery music with moody guitar and keyboard melodies, layers of harmony, resounding rhythms and thought-provoking lyrics, daring to dive into a mysterious world exploding with feeling. Led by the vivid, powerful voice of skilled songwriter Valerie Lloyd (vocals, keys) and songwriter and guitarist Patrick Gates, the group’s expansive sound is further amplified by Roger Poole (bass, backing vocals) and Roger Lee (drums). The band mingles the hard and soft elements of guitar-driven classic and modern rock as well as the raw emotion of Goth and the freshness of alternative in order to create a new yet timeless musical world of its own. Damson Blaze mesmerizes audiences with its simmering performances of carefully-crafted songs, inviting others on a journey to explore the complexities of love, relationships and life’s dark curiosities.
Damson Blaze emerged in 2014 when founding members Valerie and Patrick met as members of the band Mars and Other Planets. Both experienced songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, they bonded over their mutual love for riff-based rock music with big, ‘80s-inspired vocals and a sharp edge. They found quick chemistry writing and playing together and decided to break free and find new ways to explore their own original music. As songs exploded out of them, they decided to call themselves Damson Blaze – “Damson” because that vivid shade of purple is Valerie’s favorite color and “Blaze” to represent the passion for creating and performing music that had always burned within each of them and now was intensified by their collaboration. With their hearts set on an even bigger and more vibrant sound than the two of them could hold, they found the two Rogers, who shared their power-rock ideals and had developed a tight rhythm section after years of playing together in various projects. And as a quartet, Damson Blaze began to truly burn.
Rooted in Stafford, VA, members often refer to the experience of their sound as “sonic absinthe” because of the intoxicating quality of their shows and recordings. Damson Blaze is quickly becoming a local favorite live act in Stafford and has self-released a series of live sessions as well as nine singles, all of which are available through the band’s website. The band will soon head into the studio to record its first EP, set to release in late 2018/early 2019.