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Beyond the Record: Welcome! Tell us a little bit about who you are, when THE VALIUM formed and how. 
THE VALIUM: We’re people who’ve always  dug into the dream of music and listened tons of  records till getting to write our own things; never cared about  any trends or advice, we’ve just done  our music for about  15 years.  The band formed in 2000 as a result of school mates  meeting  in the afternoon, we set our rehearsal room in a farmstead equipped with a pool table and a fridge, with this  consequently wild teenage environment which shaped definitely our character  ; then  the first demos came, and a record, then another one , until the present Amazing Breakdowns. 
 BtR: The group has been around for a considerable amount of time. Take us through some of the moments you guys have gone through to stay together. For the readers who may be looking to start a band, what are critical components to the longevity of a group? 
THE VALIUM:  your  right  that’s all a lot of water under  the bridge… let’s start by saying we’re from a small town so  when we started there  was no internet , so no knowledge about guitars, amplifiers or tricky gear,  you used to get what you found in the music shop and  let your ears do the rest.  Then  no overall management,  you had to  turn up  to clubs to be signed  for a night and  struggle hard in the rehearsal  room  for a few quid. And finally,  nobody in south Italy was into  rock’n’roll music anymore  so we kinda took the lumps    by keeping truly to ourselves and  looking at the English music scene.  As a result of this strange  circuit of independence  and underpayment we’ve been through  different changes in the line up which have above all brought  close friendships, each of them  representing  a precise point in the band’s evolution.  As for the critical points to the  longevity  of a  group I’d  say  it’s all about knowing the reason why   your doing since it’s all passion that  fails to  reward you in terms of comfort and money.  In a nutshell work leads you aside. 
 BtR: From the founding or inception of the band, what successes have you experienced? Go in great detail! I've heard there is quite a few. 
THE VALIUM:   you know being  some kind of 18 and having released the first british inspired demo in south Italy we found ourselves  kinda known  and recognized as representatives of the brit pop era “on earth”.  This gave us the inspiration to fulfill   the  making of Willy which was hailed as  a true lo fi indie/beat gem throughout the nation, then we stepped into Warner Chappel  and recorded La Maledizione Sta Per Arrivare,  when somebody coined   the definition of New Beat, being it  deeply influenced by the international  60’s white rhythm’n’blues.  So the consequent tours were massive, and sales too.  We won prizes for the best Italian independent  videoclip and got to play almost anywhere. The following record Revolution got us sixty live gigs ( which is normally unimaginable in Italy by these days) and  gained  the band a lot of consideration  since it was released under a super small label.  
BtR: Aside from the glamour of being in a band or being a total rockstar, there are some challenges that you may have been faced with at certain times. In your personal life, but also in your career, take us through some low moments that could have left you without a band.
 THE VALIUM: Well  as I said before  the only reason  leading you aside from being into a band is work.  When you are committed to something else  you will just end up outside  the circus. So me  and my brother have gone through with it. There have been 2 peculiar   peaks leading  the band  on the edge of  splitting  as a result of the abandonment of  the drummer for work reasons and  the consequent  lack of  motivation and new inspiration.  That was about in 2006, when we eventually  thought  we’d  get on with it an after having a row. I just think that has been the turnpoint for us.  Another time was  halfway through the Revolution tour, when both the drummer and longtime  bass player decided  they’d leave because they  had  families and could not hold it  anymore.  That was a real mess as  we felt like  we gotta finish this tour and then we’ll  shut this down . Then the  guys got  in and here we are. 
BtR: Going back in time a little ways, do you feel as though your childhood played a role in your love for music? 
THE VALIUM:  Childhood has played a role with no doubt as our parents used to  buy us  45s to be played on a little penny player,  then our dad bought a keyboard and sent us to lesson.  Whatismore  we used to spend all the afternoons at  our granma’s  where mom’s brother used to  crank the music up, indeed he  was  the first to buy us  The Beatles and was a guitarist he himself.   
 BtR: After hearing some of the latest tracks, I find it difficult to pinpoint exactly what genre you are a part of. How would you classify your sound? 
THE VALIUM: I wouldn’t do  that as long as one enjoys it. I’d say indie rock’n’roll psychedelia though  Its only rock’n’roll ,innit. 
BtR: Do you feel the need to cater to the masses in anyway or do you prefer to be genuine in your approach? 
THE VALIUM:  well  Had we wanted to  be famous and wealthy  we’d have  switched to any crappy football thing and  creepy lyrics at least. Nay,  we are still working on the right way to rule the world without sticking hand in a bowl of shit.   
BtR: I've seen #ihatethevalium on the net in a few places. Elaborate on this.
 THE VALIUM:  yeah, hate is a good thing  coz it gets people  measure with the  meaning of the word. Do you really hate the valium?   That’s for sure WE hate The Valium, its too long we’ve  been listening them songs. Now  the turn is yours.  
BtR: What is the next big thing for you guys? When is the next album coming up/tour?
 THE VALIUM:  allright then , the record is out on June 22 and the  next big thing is  the release party which will be huge.  Think it’s taking place on a beach club at dusk, and  going to  be around June 30. Then we’re flying to Uk and playing a bunch of gigs; we don’t know much about that but keep an eye on our  site.  
BtR: Where can we find THE VALIUM's music? THE VALIUM:
All around the net, beh careful to not end up buying some fake pills, because there is a good chanche you’ll end up in a messy website trying to sell you some drugs.
Our website is, then you can find our music on every digital store.

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