7 questions with Valet lead singer Robin Kyle


Valet’s one of the Midwest’s best kept secrets. Hailing from Minneapolis, the five-piece is back with a new EP: The Truth Might not be Here. It’s hard to pin down their biggest influences. At times, I hear Incubus and Bright Eyes, perhaps with a spoonful of Wilco.

“Robin Kyle’s warmly reverberating, lyrically instigating rock quintet is not only gigging again but also has a new six-song EP to promote, “The Truth Might Not Be Here.” It’s as good as anything Valet did before going on hiatus in the late-’00s, from the tensely rocking opening song “Start It Somewhere” to the gorgeous yet disturbing “100,000,” which includes the EP’s most classic line: “All the hip-hop artists write better than anyone else / And the indie-rock poets are falling head over heels in love with ourselves.”

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We caught up with Valet’s 37-year-old lead singer Robin Kyle recently and asked him six questions:

Q: What do you think differentiates you from the other artists out there?

I don’t care about art as much.

Q: What are your hopes for The Truth Might not be Here?

One guy from middle management quits his job to live off of berries and squirrels in the forest.

Q: What does your song-writing process look like?

A jungle gym.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part about being a recording artist?

Hanging out with my friends.

Q: What’s the worst part?

It costs money.

Q: What advice would you give to a 14-year-old who wants to become a rock star?

I would never give a 14 year old career advice.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?

A lot of people already think they know more about me than I do. My wife is the only one that does.

From their EP release:

Not long after their prophetic 2004 release ‘Life on the Installment Plan’ the band went on hiatus to have eleven children which then prompted them to carve out a couple nights a month to get together for beer practice. This resulted in their greatest effort yet at playing mid tempo pop music in love with words and the idea that if we can only understand the context the whole thing might somehow make sense.

Valet is Robin Kyle, Kris Lightner, Paul Fugelstad, Steve Yernberg, Judd Hildreth. Check them out on Bandcamp.

One comment to “7 questions with Valet lead singer Robin Kyle”
  1. People always think they can start a band and make millions… I wonder how many bands are even actually able to support themselves with their music alone…

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