TENDER FOREVER

Tender Forever comes along in tough times. Nobody can ignore the dark places we’ve watched the world go in the past few years. But as divisions grows in the world, so does our ability to connect. Ours is a world exploding with communication and Tender Forever sits neatly in the center of that explosion. Lots of flights and some missed phone calls, friends here, lovers there. Missed connections and connections made. Melanie Valera‘s Franco-American pop project spans nationalities and leaps forward towards a world where we can close the gaps between countries, ideologies and ultimately hearts. Move closer.

Valera was born in 1977, the year of the punk, and spent her formative years in the village of Maurr, in south west France. As often happens, this small town kid pushed past the restrictions of that kind of environment, out into the larger world. In this case the city of Bordeaux and the University Michel de Montaigne of Arts. Her years in Bordeaux saw her developing an aesthetic that would transfer into her first musical projects the Bonnies, and later, Garrison Rocks. Armed with girl group and R&B classics The Bonnies took on the streets of Bordeaux, and with the partnership of a Californian band mate and intelligent, soulful pop Garrison Rocks took on Melanie’s expanding world.

Tender Forever became Melanie’s project in 2003, a solo effort which simplified and concentrated her music. A laptop, a long mic cord and almost too much enthusiasm was all it took. Tender Forever from the start was as much an experience as a band. That girl with the mic moves with passion, pounds out fear, falls to her knees, cranks up the visuals and passes it off to you. All of this quickly led her out of Bordeaux to the gentle state of Washington and that weird, weird city of Olympia. New friends and collaborators of a like mind (including Mirah, The Blow, Anna Oxygen and Calvin Johnson) kept it a busy summer. These new connections would be the beginning of a Northwest/Bordeaux connection sending bands back and forth, and further establishing Melanie’s new intercontinental artistic life.

The Soft and the Hardcore [KLP173], released by K in 2005 was the culmination of everything Melanie had done up to this point and then some. Songs sung in the tiny moments of waiting, hoping and loving that we experience daily, fleshed out in full color and life. The explicitly personal and ecstatically universal converged into one, filled with the power of international anthems. The Soft and the Hardcore is a testament to the terrifying and trilling first moments of love and self realization.

With her 2007 release, Wider [KLP188], Melanie stretched out across both the globe and an expansive musical landscape. The album was recorded between Bordeaux and Olympia in the Dub Narcotic Studio, hotel rooms, friends’ basements and guestrooms. Both lush and focused, Wider portrays an artist and person with new confidence, at home in a big/small world. For all their power Tender Forever songs remain just that — tender. “A song is a delicate thing and Melanie coaxes these fragile things into the larger world. Tender Forever is the biggest, softest sound you’ve heard. It’s a kick drum in an empty warehouse while little kids play right outside.” -Dirk Kinsey

Melanie’s third full length album, No Snare [KLP217], was released in June 2010. This album moves away from the more exuberant dance oriented songs of past years into a darker and more melancholy direction. We get a deeper, denser sound, with songs that push through the forest as the evening comes, dripping wet; the lights of a little house up ahead. Perhaps it’s her current residence in the damp and dirty Pacific Northwest. Maybe it’s adulthood. Throughout Tender Forever’s work there is a commitment to understanding feelings and desires and seeing them through to completion. No Snare pushes through the wake and lays the turmoil to rest.

The end of 2011 brought us to the most recent Tender Forever endeavor, the Where Are We From EP [KLP237]. This is a steadfast and evolved sound for Tender Forever – matured and wiser, yet steadfast and unrelenting. Still waters run deep, and so does Where Are We From.

Who knows what the future will bring for Tender Forever?

 

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Tender Forever’s No Snare exhibits a songwriter at that most delicate moment of transformation. Holding on to some things, letting go of others; always building a new world, looking forward, looking back, always singing. From No Snare [KLP217]

Tender Forever - The Only Sounds You Made

What you listen to when you need to shrug off an old armor in order to be reborn and washed clean while a steady hand gently pushes you in the direction of growth. From Tender Forever’s fourth and most recent LP, Where Are We From [KLP237]

Tender Forever - The Road Was Unkind

Tender Forever

Photo by Carli Davidson

Tender Forever

Photo by Carli Davidson

Tender Forever

Photo by Carli Davidson

Tender Forever

Photo by Sarah Cass

Tender Forever

Photo by Sarah Cass

Tender Forever

Photo by Sarah Cass

Tender Forever

Photo by Rhett Nelson

Tender Forever

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Date City Venue Country
11/19/13 Tender Forever in Davis, CA 3rd Space Collective United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 946 Olive Drive.
11/18/13 Tender Forever in Los Angeles. CA Other Wild United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 1932 Echo Park Ave. Venue phone: (323) 546-8437.
11/17/13 Tender Forever in Sacramento, CA Bows and Arrows Collective United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 1815 19th St.. Venue phone: (916) 822-5668.
11/16/13 Tender Forever in San Francisco, CA El Rio United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 3158 Mission Street. Venue phone: (415) 282-3325.
11/15/13 Tender Forever in TBA TBA United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: TBA.
11/14/13 Tender Forever in Eugene, OR The WOW Hall United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 291 W 8th Ave. Venue phone: (541) 687-2746.
11/13/13 Tender Forever in Portland, OR Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 5340 N Interstate Ave. Venue phone: (503) 764-4322.
11/12/13 Tender Forever in Olympia, WA Northern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 414 1/2 Legion Way.
11/11/13 Tender Forever in Tacoma, WA The New Frontier Lounge United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 301 E 25th St. Venue phone: (253) 572-4020.
11/09/13 Tender Forever in Seattle, WA The Heartland Gallery United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 5306 Roosevelt Way NE.
11/08/13 Tender Forever in Vancouver, BC The Astoria Pub United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 769 E Hastings St Vancouver. Venue phone: +1 604-254-3636.
09/21/13 Tender Forever in Portland, OR Mississippi Studios United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 3939 N Mississippi Ave. Venue phone: (503) 288-3895. Lovers and Lovers Record Release Party!
09/14/13 Tender Forever in Tacoma, WA SQEEK & SQUAWK FESTIVAL – TBA United States
Time: 6:00pm.
08/30/13 Tender Forever in Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Music Festival United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Reels Grrls for Bumbershoot!
08/16/13 Tender Forever in Rochester, WA Helsing Junction Farm United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10 day pass / $20 w/ camping. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 12013 Independence Rd. HELSING JUNCTION SLEEPOVER! Basically the best time ever.
11/24/12 Tender Forever in Olympia, WA Dumpster Values United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $5. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 302 4th Ave. E. w/ Erica Freas (!), Time + Temperature (Columbus), & Hot Tears
09/07/12 Tender Forever in Portland, OR Backspace United States
Time: 11:00pm. Admission: Wristband or $10 door. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 115 NW 5th. Venue phone: 503.248.2900. MUSIC FEST NORTHWEST! w/ Kendl Winter, Arrington de Dionyso, LAKE and The Curious Mystery
08/24/12 - 08/26/12 Tender Forever in Rochester, WA Helsing Junction Farm United States
Time: 12:00pm. Admission: $40. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 12013 Independence Rd. w/ LAKE, The Curious Myster, Arrington de Dionyso, Maxines, Kendl Winter, Nucular Animals, Mt. Eerie, the Hive Dwellers and tons more…
08/12/12 Tender Forever in Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 68 Commerce SW. w/ Scream Club, Jes Kramer, Lady Ace
08/10/12 Tender Forever in Walhalla, MI Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival United States
Time: 1:00pm. at The Land – Day Stage
08/06/12 Tender Forever in Chicago, IL Township (formerly Pancho’s) United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2200 N. California.
08/06/12 Tender Forever in Chicago, IL Saki United States
Time: 5:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3716 W. Fullerton Ave.. Venue phone: (773) 486-3997.
08/04/12 Tender Forever in Minneapolis, MN Madame of the Arts United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 3401 Chicago Ave S.
08/02/12 Tender Forever in Missoula, MT Zoo City Apparel United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 139 East Main Street. Venue phone: (406) 529-6482.
08/01/12 Tender Forever in Spokane, WA TBA United States
Time: 8:00pm.
06/09/12 Tender Forever in Eugene, OR TBA United States
Time: 8:00pm.
05/12/12 Tender Forever in Tacoma, WA The Space United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 729 Court C (in Opera Alley).
04/27/12 Tender Forever in Paris Centre Pompidou France
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Place Georges Pompidou. Venue phone: 01 44 78 12 33.
04/25/12 Tender Forever in Paris Centre Pompidou France
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Place Georges Pompidou. Venue phone: 01 44 78 12 33.

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