Raleigh, NC group Valleys has been gearing up to release debut full-length concept album “Experiment One: Asylum” on February 12th.
Unfortunately on February 5th, just a week prior to the scheduled release, the band received a phone call from the local fire department that a vehicle matching the description of 23-year-old vocalist Mikey Clement had been found wrecked.
It wasn’t long after that they received the news that Mikey had passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. An article about the accident from local media can also be read here.
As a group, Valleys made the decision that while they could put a halt on the entire album release, that is not what Mikey would have wanted them to do. He would have wanted the show to go on and for them to release the music that he and the band worked so hard on.
A launch of the track “Choices” takes place today, dedicated to the memory of Mikey Clement. The track was one of Mikey’s favorite songs on the album – resonating, soaring and heartfelt – a perfect tribute.
In celebration of Mikey Clement’s life, Valleys will still perform an album release show on Friday, February 12th at The Southland Ballroom in Raleigh, NC (614 N West St.). Now being treated as a tribute show dedicated to his memory, the show will feature several local and regional metal vocalists standing in for Mikey, including Paul Huffman of A Boy Named Sue, Chris Roy of Take Heart, Dylan Barham of Blessed By The Broken, and Chris Walsh of Dear Desolate.
The band comments: “Many of you have heard and seen the news that we’ve lost Mikey Clement. Early in the morning of February 5th, Mikey was the victim of a horrific car crash, one that took his life. Today, we lost more than just a bandmate, we lost a brother, a son, a friend, an all-around tremendous human being. Everyone here in Valleys have been by each other’s side, and at the side of the Clement family.
“We have seen the outpour of support and love from all of our friends and fans, and we thank you. All of your comments have been extremely touching and have helped us to stay strong in our time of need.
“On February 12th, we will have our ‘Experiment One: Asylum’ CD release party. This show will also be a big tribute show for Mikey. We need all of our fans and friends to come out and show love for not just Valleys but for Mikey. At this show, Valleys will be joined by many of our closest musical friends to part take in guest vocals on stage. We will continue to move forward, that’s what Mikey would want. We will see you on February 12th.
“And to Mikey, in death, you will see the light. Keep that flame alive up there buddy. Until we meet again!”