“We are not a typical melodic hardcore band.” At first sight, Davy Carion’s statement doesn’t seem unusual – most bands would describe themselves as unique. But what’s different is the clarity and straightforwardness in which VALLEY’s vocalist is describing his vision of the music: “Emotive hardcore with an intimate atmosphere. Being in another world, accepting the emotions and give yourself to the music. Clean and screaming vocals. Influences of post rock.”

The story of VALLEY starts in 2014 in Belgium near Brussels where some members of a metalcore band want to diverge from the aggressive and straightforward music and make more melodic, emotive music without grunts but screams. So four friends started a project together. The fifth member is found soon, thanks to an ad on Facebook: “On that point I was just starting to dive into this music, and to start screaming in my bedroom. Therefore, I tried and apparently it worked out. Every beginning is hard, but practicing results in progress”, says Davy. Having found their line-up, VALLEY are not planning to spend much time in the rehearsal room. They rather travel and impress with their energetic and passionate live performances. Already their first two EPs ‘Life Storms’ (2014) and ‘Eternity is Love’ (2015) take them all over Europe and open up the chance to share the stage with bands like BEING AS AN OCEAN, BURNING DOWN ALASKA, ACRES and CASEY.

VALLEY are smart enough not to over-tour their releases and so they soon start working on their first album ‘Dark Tears // Bright Smiles’. Guitarist Kevin Kestemont describes their approach to the new material the following: “When we wrote our new album, we tried to make all the songs sound a bit different. Our music should stand for the things you get through in real life. Every day feels different.” Back in the studio, the band has learned from the first two releases: “In the past it was very difficult to capture our live sound on the recordings. This time we managed to make it sound more natural. Brad from ‘Audiosiege’ had a big influence on how our album sounds now!”

VALLEY are not a typical melodic hardcore band but when it comes to the ethos, every rock band should have, they have no the slightest problem to be typical: “We’re a typical live band. We write new music to keep our live set interesting. It keeps us focussed. VALLEY has to be an experience you should be part of live”, Kevin states. “We want to create a special, intimate atmosphere.” An outstanding live band successfully transferred its live sound on an album – ‘Dark Tears // Bright Smiles’ is the proof.