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With Royal Thunder, The Kickass and Holy Grail
WHERE: The V Club, 741 Sixth Ave., Huntington
WHEN: 9 p.m. Tuesday
COST: Advance $10, at door $12
INFO: www.vclublive.com or 304-781-0680
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- June 5 was Venus transit day, a twice-in-a-lifetime chance to see our neighboring planet traverse the face of the sun.
While coincidental, it's wholly appropriate for an article on the Chapel Hill-based stoner rock band Valient Thorr, which appears at Huntington's V Club on Tuesday. See, as the band tells it, they traveled through time on a mission to Earth to save Venusians and Earth itself with the power of rock 'n' roll.
"A lot of people over the years have been skeptical that we came from another planet," singer Valient Himself admitted over the phone as the band made the much shorter trip to Memphis to start a six-week U.S. tour.
"Our one true purpose was to find a place for the Venusians to live," he said. "So it was like 'Did we fail?' because we never saw whether all the Venusians came with us in whatever time stream we were in. Or did we succeed because we can live where we can have [an environment similar to] what we had in the beginning? We've basically come full circle."
Since self-releasing their debut, "Stranded on Earth," in 2003, these time-traveling Viking rockers have released three more albums, toured with bands like Mastodon or Motorhead and have fans, called "Thorriors," around the world. They've also found a home and a new mission.
"We were from Venus, but right now we live on Earth. We cavort with earthlings," Valient Himself said. "We've accepted it as our home now.