Twelve Gauge Valentine is a southern metalcore band from Bastrop and Monroe Louisiana with their debut album Shock Value released on 3rd October 2006. The band was initially supported by the Sound Vs. Silence label with whom they released their debut EP Exclamationaire. The band’s current record label is Solid State Records to which bands such as Underoath and Norma Jean are signed.
CCM (Bryce):To Whom am I speaking? What do you play who else is in your band?
John Gauge Valentine: Well my name is Jonathon and I play bass. Don’t confuse me with Jonathan Webster though. He’s the drummer. He usually goes by just Webster. Our vocalist’s name is Jon and our guitarist’s name is Josh. Yes I know. We all have “J” names. We go through this EVERY SHOW.
CCM (Bryce):Where are you guys from? How long have you been together?
John Gauge Valentine: We’re all from cities surrounding Monroe LA which is in Northeast Louisana. Josh (guitar) and I have been playing together ever since I was about 13 years of age in various bands. I am now 20. The current line-up has been together for about 2 1/2 to 3 years. Orginially the band was started out of boredom simply because there is nothing to do in Northeast LA. In the early days we never expected the band to take us where it already has! It’s been an awesome trip so far and we can’t wait to see where else we end up!
CCM (Bryce):For those who don’t know you guys describe your sound.
John Gauge Valentine: Well we’re still trying to figure that out ourselves. Our 2nd EP “Exclamationaire” is pretty much a collaboration of songs that were written in the process of trying to figure out “our sound”. Our newer material definitely contains less metal and a lot more rock n roll. So I guess you can say we’re somewhere between metal and rock. You’ll just have to wait for our debut full length this coming Spring to see which direction we decided to go!
CCM (Bryce):I love your CD Exclamationare!! Where can everyone else get a copy of that amazing CD?
John Gauge Valentine: Thanks alot man! Well we signed on with a smaller indie label called Sound Vs Silence out of Salt Lake UT to release our EP. There’s not much distro on the album unless you live in that area of the U.S. The easiest way to get it would be to order it online at www.twelvegaugevalentine.com