Velella Valhalla formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 2014. It started when Sami, Tim, and Pippi played music together years after an old band, Border State, split up. The three started working on alternative rock, post punk, 90s-style tunes in a warehouse rehearsal space in West Baltimore. Bethany, who previously founded the successful power-pop/melodic rock band Odd Girl Out, joined up. From the very first time the four of them ran through a song, they knew it was something special. Sami brought in Vinnie, a multi-instrumentalist, whom she had met at work. Vinnie previously played in the metal bands Atlas Rising and Forgotten Truth. With Vinnie adding his ariose bass lines to the mix, Velella Valhalla was complete.
The band played shows around Baltimore and DC. Drawing inspiration from the musicians with whom they shared stages, VV began to channel the energy into their own brand of dreamy alt-rock-pop-punk. The band immediately adopted a DIY mentality for demo recordings and began tracking and mixing songs in practice spaces and basements. Encouraged by the reception of live shows and the demo recordings, the band decided to bring their tunes to a proper studio. The DIY mentality remains still remains important to the band. Fans have been drawn to VV’s one-of-a kind bleached t-shirts and velella plushies. (Tim maintains that crocheting small jellyfishes is punk AF)
In 2018, VV brought their 10 debut songs to Lady of Noise studios to record their first album. While working on the album, Sami made the decision to leave the band. Sami’s guitar appears on all tracks of the album. As a four piece, Velella Valhalla has continued to gain momentum while playing shows, writing new material, and working on new demos.
Velella Valhalla brings more energy than ever to live performances. VV has played with local, national, and international acts at places like Ottobar, Sidebar, Joe Squared, and other Baltimore venues. VV consistently impacts their audiences, thanks in large part to Pippi’s powerful vocals and sparkling stage presence. Velella Valhalla has been well received by fans of alternative rock, punk, and pop punk. VV strives to deliver hard-hitting and dynamic songs that are accessible but possess enough depth to reward repeated listening. Look for VV delivering their brand of dreamy alt-rock-pop-punk at festivals and shows in Baltimore and DC!