Tales of Regret is available for streaming or purchase.  Pull up a stool.

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“Love Without The Pain” is a modern day pop-jazz standard written by Michael Vallez and performed by The Rotten Drapes. Additional accompaniment performed by Jonathan Rarick (Trumpet) and Steve Catron (Bass).   Steven Bearsley on drums and Darius Morgan on guitar.  Hope you enjoy the show.  Stay healthy.   “Love Without The Pain” is available today for streaming or purchase.  Mixed and mastered by Doug McBride at Gravity Studios.

                  Love Without the Pain

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Lady Liberty – Original Video Demo

07/30/2020 Copyright Michael Vallez

                                          Lady Liberty
Verse 1:  In New York there is a statue with a torch and Bronze skin
And the flame in her right hand would guide the weary in
Chorus:  Lately its Dark at sea, You’re a beacon to the tired and
free,     Baby baby, come back to me, LADY LIBERTY
 Verse 2:  She came across the ocean, all the way from Paris, France
And they pieced her back together, sparing no expense
 Chorus:  Lately it’s Dark at sea, You’re an ember of what you used
to be,    Baby baby, come back to me, LADY LIBERTY
Verse 3:  For years you’ve been the symbol for the masses who
can’t breathe.   But now your futures not so certain and nothings guaranteed
Chorus: Lately it’s dark at sea, You’re a figment of what you used to
be,    Baby baby, come back to me, LADY LIBERTY.



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Pale Artifact Final

                          Pale Artifact.                                  The Rotten Drapes 4th studio album.

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All songs written by Michael Vallez

Tracked and mixed at Straightaway Productions

Mastered at Gravity Studios by Doug Mcbride

Album artwork created by Michael Vallez

  1. She Makes Me Feel Like Somebody Else
  • Michael Vallez- Classical guitar introduction, bass, vocals, lead and rhythm guitar
  • Athan Mireles-Drums
  1. They Don’t Write Them Like This Anymore
  • Michael Vallez-Vocals, bass, lead and rhythm guitar
  • Athan Mireles-Drums
  1. Last Goodbye
  • Michael Vallez- Vocals, bass, harmonica, midi tracks, guitars
  • Steven Bearsley-Drums
  1. Tonight
  • Michael Vallez-Vocals, acoustic guitar, Midi tracks
  • Darius Morgan-Lead and rhythm guitar
  • Jason Griffis-Bass
  • Steven Bearsley-Drums, backup vocals
  1. Wonder About You
  • Michael Vallez- Vocals and acoustic guitar
  • Darius Morgan-Lead guitars
  • Steven Bearsley- Bass, Drums, back up vocals
  1. Promised Land
  • Michael Vallez- Vocals and MIDI tracks
  • Steven Bearsley-Drums
  1. Dissolve
  • Michael Vallez-Vocals, all guitars, and midi tracks
  • Athan Mireles-Drums
  1. Slow Rewind
  • Michael Vallez-Vocals, acoustic guitar, Midi tracks, bass
  • Darius Morgan-Lead and rhythm guitar
  • Steven Bearsley-Drums
  1. Shine On
  • Michael Vallez- Vocals, MIDI tracks, bass
  • Steven Bearsley-Drums





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                              Promised Land

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                                 Shine On













Create your own album cover.  Just print out the following 4 photos and use the album cover as an example.   You can click on each image for the print option.  Cut out the appropriate area and glue it to picture three.  Add more trees if you like.



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When you’re done, it should look like this.  Don’t forget to add the text, with a marker of your choice.









The Rotten Drapes third album, “Love Songs For The Dope Sick” is available on  

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Advocating for compassionate, empathetic care for those suffering from opioid withdrawal and addiction.  Ahead of it’s time in scope and philosophy, the original timeless classic continues to influence the underground and the mainstream.


Ancient thoughts.

Staring At The Sun


Nothing to see here.

Take Me Away


























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