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HIMs Ville Valo Speaks About Autobiographical New Album

The debonair HIM frontman explains how he felt like a naked invisible man whilst making the bands new album, Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice.

We sat down for a natter with HIM frontman Ville Valo and after already revealing that the album is their most sexual album to date, we took the time to discuss his lyrical approach to the bands new album. Check out our track-by-track album review of Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice.

In what way is this album the story of whats happened to you since the last album?
Ville Valo: Actually this one is probably the most direct, diary-esque, in the sense that maybe through me fucking up a lot of my long term relationships in the past through excessive partying and just being a slob that I kind of lost faith when I stopped drinking, and I felt that there was no chance for a guy like me to find equilibrium or be at peace, or balance between those things. While starting to write for this album, I was on the verge of falling head over heels for a person. So I captured that moment on the album. Unfortunately Im bad at saying it. I never really had the chance of telling her that. So shell hear the album a bit later and know how I felt then. Its one way of doing it.

I think people like very autobiographical music, like Nine Inch Nails. It feels like a genuine insight into that person or band.
Ville: Ive never been a big fan of Nine Inch Nails but Trent Reznor was very direct you cant diss him because if he feels like that its his right to feel like that. As opposed to writing about something a bit more obscure or historical things. I just try in pseudo-poetry to there are really direct autobiographical things in there in people, places and times. I like it, because it makes me like a naked invisible man. In the middle of the street

with a butcher wearing nothing but wellies
Ville: People can always see the wellies, Oh no! the Welly Man! ha ha. Welly Wallo! Ha ha.

HIM have now revealed their new albums artwork and that the new album will be released on February 8th.


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