Hi, the first question is: what was you favourite cartoon in the
Hard question, too long ago!
You have released a new EP "Eternity Is Love". Could you explain the
genesis of the title? In what ways do you think you made the biggest progression
compared to the previous release?
All the songs on Eternity is Love have something to do with love. Not
only love for an other person, but also for certain things in life. And the fact
that you can read the title reversed and it still has somehow the same meaning
was a decisive factor. Eternity is love: to keep something in mind or to have
something forever means that you love it. Otherwise you wouldnít keep it forever.
And some kinds of dedications also stay forever, so these dedications say that
love is eternal. Of course eternal is a more poetic way of saying someoneís
You worked with EP at The penthouse studio. Could you tell something
about this place? Did you toy around with the sound and did you get the result
you were looking for?
Dennis, our guitarist, made the prerecordings of our new EP. We
recorded everything in his bedroom before we went to the studio. It took us
months to record and adjust our new tracks, we took the time to talk about how
the new songs should sound. We did most of the work before the studio. We think
itís very important to sound real, to sound live. So we wanted to use no studio
effects or pedals, just our own pedals that we use live.
Filip De Bot, who recorded our EP at the Penthouse Studio really felt what we
meant and knew how we wanted the songs to sound. This was very important in the
progress of recording this EP. We were so happy when we heard the result,
because everything sounded just like we wanted!
Do you get inspired by other bands, different styles of music or even
things that are not related to music?
Definitely! We all listen to a lot of different styles of music. And
because of this we all have different ideas. When we melt these together, we get
Davy: Iím a big fan of atmospheric music. And thatís what I
want to create with our music: a temporary world where one can lose himself in.
I listen to post-rock / post-metal and ambient music. Listening to Carbon Based
Lifeforms for example makes me feel comfortable when writing lyrics. The
atmosphere in this music is very useful while reflecting about certain topics.
As a band, we would say that our biggest influences in melodic hardcore are:
Being as an Ocean, Defeater, La Dispute, Acres, Crooks and Touchť Amorť.
What do you think where are the contact points of hardcore type which
you are doing with the bands like Expire, No Turning Back or Backtrack, which
are part of the same scene and are playing completely differently?
Although we build our songs based on some melodies we still get some
inspiration from that kind of hardcore bands. We like the energy and the rawness
of those bands and we believe that our songs feature the same kind of rawness
and pureness as those bands.
Your music seems to be quite personal. Is it possible to create in this
genre convincing things without exposing personal feelings? Revealing personal
rethinks might not be comfortable, people can interpret these things badly too.
Do not you have a problem with that?
People can interpret these things badly, thatís the power of music. Our
songs should suck people into the feelings of our music. We want people to feel
completely lost. People should get the opportunity to feel and think free about
everything, even about our music. No matter what feeling our music gives them.
Do people to whom turn to fragments of lyrics in some moments are real?
Yes. Kingdoms shouldnít be taken literally, but in a more poetic way.
But thatís an actual love song about dedicating your life to someone that is
Betrayer was the first song we have ever written. Itís based on a true story
while fighting mixed feelings. The whole story is a bit too personal. The lyrics
reveal a part of it thus people can choose what they think about it, or how they
feel about it. Itís possible that someone in the same situation would recognise
him- or herself in it.
Do you think listening to sad, reflective music can sensitizes the
character of person?
No, itís not because people listen to sad and reflective music that
they feel this way. It can also be a good thing to disappear for a while and to
become a stronger person in the end.
How usual people reacts to your performs at concerts?
People often say that we gave them goosebumps during our set or that we
made them cry.
They might recognise themselves in our music. Or they recognise a feeling they
might have encountered in their lives.
How much do you pay attention to what is going on in the underground and
hardcore in general nowadays?
When weíre not playing shows we go a lot to other shows. We want to
support bands and promoters. In Belgium itís hard to get recognition by the
audience. You have to work and invest hard to set up shows. Thatís why we want
to support the DIY scene. Going to shows gives us inspiration and we love
meeting new people.
Besides Valley, are you currently in other bands?
No, we donít have time to do that. Weíre all working hard to push the
band further. We work every day to be better musicians, a better band and to get
our music exposed to a bigger audience. We became best friends too. Being in an
other band wouldnít work the same way. When we play together we feel something
special. Itís our escape from reality.
Could you recommend some three movies, which lastly had an impression on
Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Inglorious Bastards. Quentin Tarantino is
a tremendously good director. He creates a storyline and uses it on a very
What are your goals from now on?
We recently did a weekender tour through Germany and The Netherlands.
We want to tour more days in the future. In the beginning of November there will
be another tour in Germany, The Netherlands and Czech Republic. Although our
second EP just got released weíre already working on a third one. So releasing a
third one is definitely on the list. Weíre not setting any date though. Getting
inspired canít be forced. We want to take our time.
Anything you'd like to add to conclude this interview?
Thank you for asking us and we really hope that one day, we can play a
show in Poland.