Justin Paul Vallesteros is taking his stunning bedroom project Craft Spells out on the road after the great response to his debut album Idle Labor. Justin originally from Stockton, California moved to Seattle, Washington and assembled a live touring band.
The band of young lads did a great job entertaining the Saturday night Brooklyn crowd, my only gripe was the songs sounded a little loose but I'm sure after the band makes it across the states with Beach Fossils they will get much tighter playing night after night. In all fairness the sound at Glassland's suprisingley wasn't that great either maybe due to the fact the moved the stage and are getting use to the new club set-up.
The band recently signed with Captured Tracks. They will be loved by fellow revivalist's The Pains of Being Pure at Heart fans. Justin's music is an ode to classic late-eighties and nineties bands such as New Order which the debut borrows ever more inspiration from using cover art very similar to New Order's Power, Corruption & Lies. Despite the heart on sleeve influences the album is great fun and Justin and his band seem like they have a good shot at keeping the project moving forward.
Photos & Words by Kevin Serra