HIM mastermind Ville Valo will release a new single, "Loveletting", on April 8 under the VV banner. "Loveletting" is taken from VV's forthcoming debut album, "Neon Noir".
Ville explains: "As fun as the funeral rites for HIM were, it took me more than a few moons to lick my wounds in the shadow of the Heartagram and come up with an excuse to strum and hum again. Eventually, I decided to put a leash on my beloved black dog and we started howling together instead of barking at each other. That's how 'Loveletting' was born."
"Loveletting" will be made available across all digital platforms from midnight (local time) tonight. An official video clip will follow tomorrow at 11 a.m. EDT.
"Neon Noir" is scheduled for release in early 2023. Belonging to the same forlorn world of woe and whimsy once conceived and governed by Valo in HIM, VV arrives with additional nuanced notes of a fine aged Cabernet.
Valo adds: "Artistically speaking, the main difference between HIM and VV is the extra line in the Heartagram, but what an exquisite line it is! It's the MAMAS AND THE PAPAS dressed up as METALLICA on their way to a Halloween bash at the Studio 54, and now who wouldn't want to witness that?"
Further details around "Neon Noir" will be released in due course. In the meantime, fans are invited to any number of VV's headline tour dates taking place next year across Europe and North America. Naturally starting in Helsinki, Finland, the 2023 extensive run reaches the U.K. in March before heading to America come April.
A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Tuesday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, April 14 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code "BLABBERMOUTH" to access tickets before the general public. General on-sale will be Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. local time.
North American 2023 tour dates:
Apr. 01 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts (buy tickets)
Apr. 02 - Boston, MA - Big Night Live (buy tickets)
Apr. 04 - Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian Theatre (buy tickets)
Apr. 05 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues (buy tickets)
Apr. 06 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews Hall (buy tickets)
Apr. 08 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts (buy tickets)
Apr. 09 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues (buy tickets)
Apr. 11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater (buy tickets)
Apr. 13 - Denver, CO - Summit (buy tickets)
Apr. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot (buy tickets)
Apr. 16 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades (buy tickets)
Apr. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore (buy tickets)
Apr. 18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Belasco (buy tickets)
Apr. 21 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues (buy tickets)
Apr. 22 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues (buy tickets)
Apr. 23 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren (buy tickets)
Apr. 25 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues (buy tickets)
Apr. 26 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theater (buy tickets)
Apr. 27 - Houston, TX - House of Blues (buy tickets)
Apr. 28 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues (buy tickets)
Apr. 30 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues (buy tickets)
May 01 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Revolution (buy tickets)
May 03 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre (buy tickets)
May 04 - Nashville, TN - Brooklyn Bowl (buy tickets)
May 05 - Charlotte, NC - Underground (buy tickets)
May 07 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore (buy tickets)
May 08 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza (buy tickets)
"Loveletting" will mark Ville's first new music in over two years, following the arrival of the three-track "Gothica Fennica Vol. 1" EP, also released under the VV banner, in March 2020.
"Gothica Fennica Vol. 1" bore a strong musical resemblance to HIM and featured the tracks "Salute The Sanguine", "Run Away From The Sun" and "Saturnine Saturnalia".
HIM completed a farewell tour in 2017, closing the final chapter on the band's 26-year career. At the time, Ville explained to Kerrang! magazine why the band decided to call it a day. "We were tired of the same shit," he said. "When you've done it for a long time, at some point it doesn't taste good anymore. We started working on some stuff, it didn't sound good enough, and we didn't get the teenage buzz you're supposed get."
He also discussed the future of his artistic and musical endeavors.
"I'll be figuring out the emotions I'll be going through after the HIM period is done," he said. "That's how I experience life. I experience it through music, I'll pick up the guitar and start writing and I'm sure some of the emotions that come out of this wild ride will come through. My life is not done yet. The HIM part is done, as it is now, the chapter is closed, but the book is still unfinished…"
Formed in 1991 by Valo, guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, HIM offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as "love metal" (also the title of their fourth album).
HIM in 2015 parted ways with its longtime drummer, Mika Kristian Karppinen (a.k.a. Gas Lipstick),and replaced him with Jukka "Kosmo" Kröger (formerly of HERRA YLPPÖ & IHMISET).
Three years ago, Valo teamed up with guitar legend Esa Pulliainen to record an album based on songs by the late, legendary Finnish singer Rauli "Badding" Somerjoki. The self-titled album by VILLE VALO & AGENTS was released in February 2019 and was followed by a short tour.