HIM mastermind Ville Valo spoke to Metallic Hammer about his new single, “Loveletting”, which he launched beneath the VV banner. “Loveletting” is taken from VV‘s forthcoming debut album, “Neon Noir”, which will not arrive earlier than 2023.
“‘Loveletting’ is likely one of the extra mellow songs,” Ville stated. “I’ve all the time been shit with choosing singles — I am all the time flawed, so I let the label select that and all people was smiling once they heard it the primary time, so that they steered it. I am hoping the following one will probably be much more rock ‘n’ roll, tougher hitting.”
“Loveletting” marks Ville‘s first new music in over two years, following the arrival of the three-track “Gothica Fennica Vol. 1” EP, additionally launched beneath the VV banner, in March 2020.
“Gothica Fennica Vol. 1” bore a robust musical resemblance to HIM and featured the tracks “Salute The Sanguine”, “Run Away From The Solar” and “Saturnine Saturnalia”.
Concerning the musical route of “Neon Noir”, Ville instructed Metallic Hammer: “The brand new stuff undoubtedly does sound like HIM. However I did write many of the songs, so… I am responsible for that. It is a steady journey from HIM for me. Lots of people once they transfer on to solo initiatives wish to distance themselves from the previous, burn bridges and begin their solo profession. It is completely different for me. VV is me constructing a bridge between HIM and the long run. That is what ‘Neon Noir’ is.”
Ville lately spoke to Spotify about why it has taken him so lengthy to finish “Neon Noir”. “For the reason that pandemic hit, I began engaged on the album,” he defined. “I truly discovered learn how to document — I discovered learn how to document drums and bass and guitar as a result of I wasn’t in a position to get any musicians; I needed to do it solo — actually solo. So I am actually sorry however it did take me two and a half years to get the album carried out. ‘Loveletting’ is the primary single. It is sort of what I usually do — it is a loud love tune; it is a very unhappy and melancholy wistful one, however form of perhaps mild on the finish of the tunnel which is hopefully not the oncoming prepare.
“So there’s not a lot new beneath the solar of VV, however I find it irresistible. [Laughs]”
“Loveletting” is now out there throughout all digital platforms. An official music video may be seen under.
VV‘s headline tour dates will happen subsequent yr throughout Europe and North America. Naturally beginning in Helsinki, Finland, the 2023 intensive run reaches the U.Ok. in March earlier than heading to America come April.
HIM accomplished a farewell tour in 2017, closing the ultimate chapter on the band’s 26-year profession. On the time, Ville defined to Kerrang! journal why the band determined to name it a day. “We had been uninterested in the identical shit,” he stated. “Once you’ve carried out it for a very long time, in some unspecified time in the future it does not style good anymore. We began engaged on some stuff, it did not sound adequate, and we did not get the teenage buzz you are supposed get.”
He additionally mentioned the way forward for his inventive and musical endeavors.
“I will be determining the feelings I will be going by after the HIM interval is completed,” he stated. “That is how I expertise life. I expertise it by music, I will choose up the guitar and begin writing and I am positive among the feelings that come out of this wild journey will come by. My life just isn’t carried out but. The HIM half is completed, as it’s now, the chapter is closed, however the guide continues to be unfinished…”
Shaped in 1991 by Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, HIM supplied the world a brand new tackle the metallic style, which grew to become referred to as “love metallic” (additionally the title of their fourth album).
HIM in 2015 parted methods with its longtime drummer, Mika Kristian Karppinen (a.ok.a. Fuel Lipstick), and changed him with Jukka “Kosmo” Kröger (previously of HERRA YLPPÖ & IHMISET).
Three years in the past, Valo teamed up with guitar legend Esa Pulliainen to document an album primarily based on songs by the late, legendary Finnish singer Rauli “Badding” Somerjoki. The self-titled album by VILLE VALO & AGENTS was launched in February 2019 and was adopted by a brief tour.