Marc Valentine, the charismatic British singer/songwriter/guitarist who last year released his debut solo album to critical acclaim, issues a new single, ‘Skeleton Key’, through Little Steven’s Wicked Cool Records.
Produced by Dave Draper (The Wildhearts, Ryan Hamilton, The Professionals), Skeleton Key is a 3-minute 20-second blast of upbeat/downbeat powerpop – a haunting tale of emotional pursuit, with spirited guitar lines and a chorus to die for. Explains Marc, “When the idea for Skeleton Key came to me, I was imagining the colours and dialogue of a suspenseful opening scene from a late ’60s Hammer horror film. It’s a song about discovering the darker side of someone and the futile attempt to escape the emotional powers that can unlock everything – though, as usual, there’s a dash of dark humour.”
The single is backed with a cover version of The Shirelles’ ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ – a long-time favourite of Marc’s.
Available as a download and a limited-edition coloured vinyl 7” with picture sleeve, ‘Skeleton Key’ unlocks the door to Marc’s forthcoming album, Basement Sparks, due in 2024 – and, we make no bones about it, destined to embed itself in a good number of skulls this Halloween.
Having honed his craft fronting cult pop-rockers Last Great Dreamers across four studio albums, Marc launched a solo career in 2022, his debut long-player Future Obscure picking up praise from an array of publications.
Marc Valentine and his band play the following dates….
Thu 2 Nov – Manchester Gullivers (w/Wreckless Eric)
Sat 4 Nov – London Night Owl
Sat 9 Dec – Holt Voewood (w/Wreckless Eric)
Thur 14 Dec – London Hope & Anchor
Fri 15 Dec – Banbury Wheatsheaf
Sat 16 Dec – Swindon Beehive