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