Valdez change name to Tribe Of Names

Tribe Of Names
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US prog rock quartet Valdez have changed their name to Tribe Of Names. The change has been brought about due to the departure of keyboard player Joe Cardillo, who has used the Valdez name had used previous to the band forming.

"With the arrival of guitarist Karl Eisenhart in January of this year, followed by the departure of long time keyboard player, Joe Cardillo in May, the band Valdez is turning the metaphorical page to become Tribe Of Names," explains singer Simon Godfrey.

"We’re still very much the same band of silly bastards at heart but the name Valdez was something keys-man Joe Cardillo had been using for years and out of respect for his tenure with the moniker, we decided it was best to leave that name behind and find one of our own."

Valdez formed in 2017 and aside from former Tinyfish frontman Godfrey feature Echolyn bassist Tom Hyatt,  drummer Scott Miller, and now guitarist Scott Eisenhart. The band released their debut album This through Bad Elephant in 2017.

"We’re looking to put out a new album through Bad Elephant Music in 2021 but until then, we’ll see you, your food and your pets, on the internet," laughs Godfrey. "All of us in Tribe Of Names wish you happiness and unlimited access to excellent foot massages."

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.