Instrumentals surging with bursts of noise and wondrously drifting melodies. For three guys with such a humble stage presence, the group crafts some bold--perhaps even valient?-- work, spicing up the basic rock-trio format with glockenspiel and unwieldy song structures on the recently released El Topo. For an idea that sounds so interesting on paper, El Valiente is also quite respectable live, staying clear and tight even at a cramped King Club show last month.
Scott Gordon - The Onion A.V. Club
TOP LOCAL RELEASE OF 2008
Not only the best album to come out of Madison this year but by far one of the best live performers. El Valiente were kind enough to play the Dane101, "Save Us from the Russian Spambots‚ show back in August and tore the house down, so much so that the above mentioned Pale Young Gentlemen were so floored by El Valiente performance that even they were calling for an encore. The music is simple to its core but emotive in its delivery, and the noise, the sound, it doesn't matter the venue El Valiente come to impress.
Joshua James - dane101.com