Natalie Perez of Revolver magazine recently conducted an interview with vocalist Ville Valo of Finnish "love" metallers HIM. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Revolver: What was on your mind when you were writing the [new HIM] album ["Tears On Tape"]?
Ville: Probably the lack of sleep I didn't get. Everything else was just a blur, but afterwards we just went with the flow. Me, I just get the ideas down, then show it to the guys while at rehearsal. So from there, we just bang our heads, having a good time, so that's the best way we do it. We don't have a strict plan on doing things. I think it's just great to have that magic and excitement, not knowing what you're going to get. It's just like opening a box of chocolates.
Revolver: Can you tell us how this album differs from the previous ones? What, if anything, is the message behind it?
Ville: I think there is no message. It's more of the process that evolves. We're not political or religious so there is no statement behind our music. So with this one, it's more noisy, grungy, and straight to the point, much heavier than our last one and spooky at times. It has everything we are known for. We tried experimenting a bit, but I never write the same song twice so it's left to the ear of the beholder to decide on whether or not if it's something new or not.
Revolver: Will we ever see Ville Valo trying out a solo career?
Ville: Not me. Our bass player did a solo project and our guitarist worked on a side project. Since I am the main songwriter for HIM, that's enough for me. If I did go and write something, it would probably sound just like HIM, if not sound worse, so I am happy with the band the way it is.