AMAZING BREAKDOWNS is the title of the last record by THE VALIUM
A proper breakdown or just that positively-driven folly caught in neurotic sublimation, eventually converting negative energies into driving creative force is actually the theme of this last record.
By no coincidence born in a period of turbulence and change, this blasting, wicked work whose realization took two years, was recorded by Fabio Calluori at Sonic Temple Studios (Sa) and mixed 3 more times ( London, Bologna, Cava de’ Tirreni) eventually coming to light in the motherland at STUDIO XXXV, as just usually offbeat, therefore mirroring the present spirit of the band
Engineered by the likes of Johnny Paglioli and mastered in Berlin by Stephen Noltmayer , the album frames the band’s ever-growing garage wilderness weaving together with rock’n’roll psychedelia. Such a hypnotizing, vigorous and musically alluring result which drew XXXV’s enthusiasm to the point of releasing it within a very short time.
The first extract from the record is I HATE YOU whose videoclip was signed by film director DANIELE ESPOSITO and traces the storyline of a contemporary, longtime-disillusioned and flipped out Cinderella who is foolishly resentful of her ex husband.
The band is at this time planning an international tour which will start from UK as the home TO their sound.
Based in Salerno, italian rock’n’rollers THE VALIUM have proved a remarkable compositional effort interweaving catchy rock tunes to sixties inspired music arrangements so far .
Since their very first demoes (2001) the vintage rock attitude of the band has been fully noticeable in their energetic , yet plunged in that sort of English dreamlike haze, live set which has ever since characterized all the greatest bands of the past.
As once defined as the starters of NEW BEAT, an unprecedented merger of power pop, garage punk and Italian 60’s rock vibes, THE VALIUM have always valued the role of their lyrics, despite the slight recognition of the Italian as reliable rock language. Nevertheless the band has always kept on writing in their native tongue paying attention to the musical aspects of the words and the overall vocal sound, seeking a pleasing narration of a sincere and disillusioned tale invoking the daily life of a group of 30-year-olds in their escape from conventions.
A rather intense live activity has brought them almost everywhere in Italy, leading to more than 400 shows, along with a number opening acts such as TARM, THE FIRE, THE HORMONAUTS, THE ZEN CIRCUS, MARTA SUI TUBI and many others. Every gig is driven to the maximum and is reinvigorated by vintage gear calling in the 60’s and 70’ atmosphere along with its messy , cheeky approach.
The first official album “La Maledizione Sta per Arrivare”, mixed by Matteo Cantaluppi (The Collettivo, Canadians, Neffa) and mastered in London by Jon Astley (The Who, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney ) was released on Warner Chappell music /Alkemist-Fanatix in December 2010.
The second album, “Revolution”, released on C.P.S.R. in April 2013, was characterized by a more vintage effort enhanced by the crazy lo-fi experimentations of MAYBE I’M who engineered the sessions, along with a greater lyrical insight on the cheeky, aggressive yet shocking side of life. Subsequently the band engaged in the Revolution Tour which ended in the late 2014 collecting more than 50 national gigs.
In 2015, as a result of an earlier lineup split and by the haunting need of being understood by a wider audience, the band decided to modify their name in THE VALIUM and release music in English , hence their latest album, ‘AMAZING BREAKDOWNS’ out on XXXV (Giorgio Ciccarelli, Baba Sissoko, Nicodemo, Garbo & Luca Urbani) and anticipated by the first single ‘I Hate You’. The VALIUM is now about to tour Europe and spread around with an upcoming live set that matches the 60’s merseybeat chimes with blasting garage punk attitude
The lineup is today formed by Marco Sabino/Vocals , Luigi Sabino/ lead guitars , Luca Maresca / rhythm guitar , Mariano Lepore/Bass, Davide Maresca/drums
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