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Interview: Casey Newton of Valise

October 3, 2017

Honest Dallas caught up with Casey Newton of Valise at the start of their tour.

Valise has been around for years now. And we’ve been going to their shows since the beginning. Valise is an indie band with a great sound and fun personalities. They just started their fall tour with their show in Orlando on the 28th. The band’s keyboardist/bassist Casey Newton spoke with Honest Dallas.

Casey, a founding member of the band, is no stranger to music or the limelight. Casey has played in Battle of the Bands since high school and achieving some success with his then band, Hometown Heroes. One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is the energy and sense of humor.

1. Out of all the songs you’ve written, which one is closest to your heart?

It would definitely be one of the new tunes we’ve been working on. Our longtime friend Evan joined the band on keys/synth recently, and it’s really breathed new life into us. There’s one song in particular that I really love. It has some interesting time signature changes and shows off a new direction for that band that I find really inspiring.

2. What song has been there when you needed it most?

Oh man, time to get emotional. Anything off of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by the Flaming Lips will get me. Hearing “Do You Realize?” for the first time was a healthy experience. Beck’s “Sea Change” record has also always been a go-to record for when I’m feeling introspective.

3. Is there somebody you really wish you could tour with?

Definitely, we love this band called MUNA right now. I think we’d also collectively freak out if a band like Phoenix or Sylvan Esso took us out with them.

4. What’s one thing you have to bring with you on tour?

I brought a portable garment steamer with me this time, and it’s been a total lifesaver. No more wrinkly stage clothes! An eye mask is also super handy when you need to squeeze in a nap on a long car ride.

5. Any chance of a new EP or album coming out soon?

For sure, we’ve been working on new music since Sumner joined the band last year and we’ve especially been picking up speed since Evan joined. We’re road testing a handful of them on this tour we’re currently on. Things are coming along nicely with the recording, but we’re notorious tinkerers. I’d expect an album sometime next year.

6. What venue would you love to perform at but haven’t gotten to yet?

Trees in Dallas was a big one we just crossed off the list. I’d love to play at Red Rocks obviously, but I’d also love to do the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. They always have an awesome lineup and Japan has always been a bucket list country for me.

7. What’s it like playing with people you went to high school with and known for ages?

Jared and I go back the farthest. We became friends around 4th or 5th grade. There’s just a certain level of trust and unconditional love that sits at the bottom of it all. It’s a really comfortable feeling.

8. What’s your favorite taco spot in Dallas?

Oh man…my favs are probably Tacos y Mas, Urban Taco, or Torchy’s. Dallas has so many tacos places these days; it’s hard to pick just one!

9. What’s the best name for a dog?

Well, our drummer Ricky has always talked about having a Great Dane one day named “Giant Kevin.” Will that ever come to fruition? I don’t know, but I think it’s a good name.

Their next Dallas show is this Friday at the Prophet Bar at 7:30. I’ll be seeing you guys there. More shows below:

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