Vales are a BEAUTIFUL screamo band from Cornwall, UK. I recently talked with Nathan (bass) about the origin of Vales, the Clarity EP and their UK tour with Suis La Lune.
Would you introduce yourself and tell us a little behind the history of the band?
Hey, I’m Nathan and I play bass in Vales. We’re from Cornwall. We played our first show in March last year. I don’t really know how to describe our genre but I guess we fall somewhere in the boundaries of melodic hardcore ad screamo.
You recently recorded and released Clarity, your first EP, right? Would you talk us through the writing and recording of it?
We set out to write the EP as one piece of music, seperated into five emotions, hence the parentheses on the track titles. We wanted each song to musically signify the emotion it represented. For example Stronghold is the most chaotic because it was written to represent destruction. We struggled a bit writing it because we had a very specific idea of what we wanted. But we got there in the end. Recording the EP was a great experience. We’d just finished playing on the Tangled Tour, on which we made some amazing friends. Including Lewis Johns, who recorded us, and we got to stay in Southampton. Which is pretty much our second home. It was hard work, the ranch was freezing. But Lewis was great and helped us acheive everything we wanted with the EP.
The EP was excellent, if I may say so. You guys sound like you blend a lot of influences together to create a unique sound. Who would you say your main influences are?
Thanks a lot! Our influences are a bit strange really. We all love different music, so bring different tings to the table. I’m into punk bands, like Make Do and Mend, Iron Chic and Bangers. Olie, our drummer, listens to bands like The Acacia strain and Architects. Ben takes his influences from bands like Touche Amore, and Pianos Become the Teeth. And Chlo just loves Converge. I think that might be what works with us, we’re not trying to sound like one band. We all have different directions we pull in, and it kind of makes our sound.
You pull it off beautifully. Have you shared the stage with any big names like Pianos Become The Teeth or Touché Amoré?
We haven’t had the chance to play with either of them, but we’d love to. We did a little tour with Suis La Lune which was incredible. They are Screamo Gods. And then there was the Unbroken show we played in Berlin. Probably the biggest thing we’ve done so far, bar Hevy.
Holy crap, Suis La Lune?! Tell us more about the tour! Got any stories?
First of all, we didn’t have Ollie with us. He had broken his hand getting into a fight with a mirror. So Sam from The Long Haul filled in for us. Don’t have a lot of crazy stories to tell really, we just had a really lovely time. They’re all really great guys. We drank a lot of beers and went for long romantic walks in Manchester.
Sounds great. If we can go in a more personal direction for a minute, when did you first start getting into the whole punk/screamo scene?
I guess I started getting into punk at about 14/15. But you know, your more mainstream punk. Like Bad Religion and Anti Flag. My friend Chris (Who now plays in a great punk band called As We Sink!) showed me a few songs when were supposed to be doing maths and it kind of went from there. I didn’t get into hardcore or screamo until I was a bit older, 18/19. I started going to more shows locally, and seeing bands like Crocus and Goodtime Boys. They just blew me away, I knew I wanted to be a part of what was going on there.
Were you in any bands before Vales? When did you start playing bass?
I played really shitty guitar in a punk band in college with some of my friends, we never did anything other than have a load of fun. I stopped playing guitar about 2 or 3 years ago, and was just strumming one at Chris’ house, Ben said “oh you play guitar? Come play bass for a band me and Chlo want to start” I told him to piss off I can’t play bass, but eventually agreed, borrowed a bass and I’m pretty glad I did.
Sweet. Lyrically, where do you venture?
I guess Chlo’s the best person to ask about that. But I do know, when we were writing Clarity Chlo was going through some stuff with an Ex, as was Ben. I think our lyrics are a release.
So what’s next for Vales? A follow up release perhaps?
America! We’re currently writing an album that’s going to be out on 6131 records. So we get to go over there to tour and record. Which I have to say I’m pretty excited about.
That sounds epic! Which other bands are on 6131 Records that you might be touring with?
I don’t know what bands we’ll be touring with, but I don’t think it’s just limited to 6131’s roster. We’ll have to wait and see who’s tour we can jump on when we’re out there. But they’ve put out some amazing records. Pedestals by Such Gold is one of my favorite EPs, as well as Backtrack, Cruel Hand and Touche. I know they’re not current releases, but it’s still nice to be a part of that.
Most definitely. Hopefully we’ll see you guys on a UK tour sometime, it’s been nice talking to you, thanks, man.
And you, thanks a lot and thanks for your patience with getting the interview done. Hopefully we’ll be touring the UK early next year.
I recommend you throw them some money and catch a show, they deserve it!
- Jack x
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