The Valium is a five piece rock’n’roll band from Salerno, Italy. Since their debut with Warner Chappell in 2010, the band has been recognised as the starter of New Beat, an offbeat merger of power pop, garage punk and Italian 60’s rock vibes. The Valium have toured all around Italy for years and have been noticed through songs like ‘L’Infedele‘, ‘Lucienne‘, ‘Io Sono un Punk‘, which gathered massive success being aired on radio and tv shows. In 2015, by the need of being understood by a wider audience, the band decided to 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.
Marco Sabino | Vocals
Luigi Sabino | Guitar / Backing Vocals
Luca Maresca | Guitar / Backing Vocals
Mariano Lepore | Bass / Backing Vocals
Dado Maresca | Drums
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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 demos (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 characterised 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 conventional life.
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 characterised by a more vintage effort enhanced by the crazy lo-fi experimentation’s 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 live shows.
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