Finnish Love Metal pioneer Ville Valo (VV) has released “Echolocate Your Love,” the second single from his forthcoming debut solo album Neon Noir. The album arrives in early 2023. The elegiac goth-optimism of “Echolocate Your Love” gives a fuller picture of the wrought elegance to come. Watch the video here.
“It’s a sonic step-by-step guide on how to survive, and perhaps even enjoy, the realm of VV with its abundance of things that go bump in the night. It’s a teary mascara marathon between Robert Smith and Ozzy, with a dash of hope.”
You can watch the previously-released video for “Loveletting” here.
Further details about Neon Noir will be released in due course.
In the meantime, VV‘s headline tour, taking place next year across Europe, the UK and North America – has already sold-out across a number of cities. Get your tickets here to avoid disappointment.
EUROPE 2023 TOUR DATES:
JAN 13, 2023 Tavastia, Helsinki (FI)
FEB 14, 2023 Proxima, Warsaw (PL)
FEB 15, 2023 Kwadrat, Krakow (PL)
FEB 16, 2023 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague (CZ)
FEB 17, 2023 Huxley’s, Berlin (DE)
FEB 18, 2023 Fabrik, Hamburg (DE)
FEB 20, 2023 Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
FEB 21, 2023 Batschkapp, Frankfurt (DE)
FEB 22, 2023 Komplex, Zurich (CH)
FEB 24, 2023 Razzmatazz, Barcelona (ES)
FEB 25, 2023 La Riviera, Madrid (ES)
FEB 26, 2023 Cineteatro Capitolio, Lisbon (PT)
FEB 27, 2023 Hard Club, Porto (PT)
MAR 02, 2023 Alcatraz, Milan (IT)
MAR 03, 2023 Backstage Werk, Munich (DE)
MAR 04, 2023 Barba Negra, Budapest (HU)
MAR 05, 2023 Arena, Vienna (AT)
MAR 07, 2023 Rockhal, Esch-sur-Alzette (LU)
MAR 08, 2023 LMH, Cologne (DE)
MAR 09, 2023 Le Trabendo, Paris (FR)
MAR 10, 2023 O2 Academy, Bristol (GB)
MAR 11, 2023 Rock City, Nottingham (GB)
MAR 13, 2023 Garage, Glasgow (GB)
MAR 14, 2023 O2 Ritz, Manchester (GB)
MAR 15, 2023 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London (GB)
NORTH AMERICAN 2023 TOUR DATES:
3/31—Philadelphia, PA—Theater of Living Arts
4/1—Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts*
4/2—Boston, MA—Big Night Live
4/4—Pittsburgh, PA—Roxian Theatre
4/5—Cleveland, OH—House of Blues
4/6—Detroit, MI—St Andrews Hall
4/9—Chicago, IL—House of Blues*
4/10—Chicago, IL—House of Blues
4/11—Minneapolis, MN—Varsity Theater
4/14—Salt Lake City, UT—The Depot
4/16—Sacramento, CA—Ace of Spades
4/17—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
4/18—Los Angeles, CA—The Belasco*
4/19—Los Angeles, CA—The Belasco
4/21—Las Vegas, NV—House of Blues
4/22—San Diego, CA—House of Blues
4/23—Phoenix, AZ—The Van Buren
4/25—Dallas, TX—House of Blues
4/26—San Antonio, TX—Aztec Theater
4/27—Houston, TX—House of Blues
4/28—New Orleans, LA—House of Blues
4/30—Orlando, FL—House of Blues
5/1—Ft Lauderdale, FL—Revolution
5/3—Atlanta, GA—Buckhead Theatre
5/4—Nashville, TN—Brooklyn Bowl
5/7—Silver Spring, MD—The Fillmore
5/8—New York, NY—Irving Plaza
In the annals of 21st century alternative rock history, there are few artists who cast a longer or more peculiar shadow than Finnish Love Metal pioneer Ville Valo. After all, his band HIM was easily among the most iconic and idiosyncratic groups of the millennium. Zealously revered, gleefully reviled but impossible to ignore, their music left an indelible mark on a worldwide legion of fans. The scarlet letters stood for “His Infernal Majesty.” Their founder stood for something delightedly out of step with the status quo.
“We only hoped to temporarily redirect hard rock’s blood flow from the nether regions towards the heart,” reminisces Valo, the singer, songwriter, and primus motor of HIM. Judging by the monolithic presence of the Heartagram in any account of music this side of the millennium, it’s apparent that he succeeded.
Inspired by everyone from Poe to Bukowski and tinged by a penchant for perfumed Sabbathian gloom, Valo‘s creative lovechild would produce eight era-defining studio releases and over 10 million record sales, not forgetting a Grammy nomination, countless magazine covers, critical acclaim, and the veneration of a generation. Thus, it came as no surprise that the news of a farewell tour in 2017 was greeted with shock and disbelief among devotees and endless speculation as to what or who was to take up the velvet mantle.
“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 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,” the first single off VV‘s debut album Neon Noir, out in early 2023, suggests this new infernal mix of light and shade is nothing short of a landmark release from one of modern music’s most distinctive and intriguing voices. It belongs to the same forlorn world of woe and whimsy once conceived and governed by Valo in HIM, but with the nuanced notes of a fine aged Cabernet.
“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?”