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Joey Valence & Brae

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Joey Valence & Brae’s second album NO HANDS closes with ‘OMNITRIX’, a triumphant cut featuring sampled strings and soul vocals, the title a nod to the cartoon Ben 10. Joey calls it “a victory lap for the whole album,” and it’s notable for several reasons: its more measured cadence showcases a new dimension to the brash, punk-rap stylings that have defined the duo since they popped off at the tail end of 2021, and its lyrics are also central to JVB 2.0.

“It’s a reflection of what we've built over the past three years, and here’s who we are,” says Brae, the pair reveling in being the ones calling the shots. “It's important for our fans to be like, these two kids built this on their own, and you can do the same exact thing,” adds Joey. “You don't have to try and act cool: just be yourself and that's cool as shit.”

But let’s rewind a little, because it’s been a whirlwind. Joey and Brae went from college kids to DIY sensations, thanks to viral hit ‘Double Jump,’ which they parlayed into an EP, 2022’s The Underground Sound, and 2023’s debut full length album PUNK TACTICS, a smash and grab collision of 90s hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, pop culture references, and frenetic circle pit energy. Meanwhile the duo’s prankster antics helped build a dedicated fan base of punk kids, metalheads, and rap fans alike. As it stands, JVB have racked up 200+ million streams and 1.3+ million followers across socials, and they’ve done it all 100% independently. It’s no wonder Limp Bizkit brought them to the UK last year, that their recent underplay tour sold out in minutes, and Sum 41 have tapped them as openers on their farewell tour later this Spring. But it’s their second album NO HANDS that’ll be the real level up.

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