1,5 year since the release of their amazing full length record “Alter Ego“, Frech experimental post hardcore noise makers NO VALE NADA are back with intensive live video captured on December 6th at Nouveau Relax in Chaumont, France. Currently working on their new album, which will be produced with the acclaimed producer Amaury Sauvé by the end of the year, the band sat down with us to recall their landmark album, share their thoughts on COVID-19, Black Lives Matter movement, their local music scene, and give us their special “Top 9 Songs That Inspired No Vale Nada” list, for both your listening and inspiring pleasure.
“We planned to tour with the English band Monsters Attack in April in France and in November in England. Unfortunately, the health crisis does not allow us for the moment to postpone these tours or even hope to play this year. So we lock ourselves in to write our new album and we will uncover some more details on that very soon.” – says the band.
NO VALE NADA was born in 2009, and performed their first show in 2010. Comments the band: “At the beginning we were 5 and our style was moving towards something more brutal. Since 2015 we come as a trio, and thanks to our visits to Amaury Sauvé (Birds in Row, Calvaiire, Bisons Bisous) we have reshaped our sound and refined our artistic direction towards something more melodic, more direct and more personal.
Alter / Ego, our last album, released in January 2019, deals mainly with human beings, their faults. This title illustrates well a certain duality which subsists in all of us. All of our texts are free to interpret.”
𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑛𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑠𝑜 𝑤𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑢𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑑𝑜 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟.
“The whole album highlights the idea of alter / ego, more ambient songs and more punk songs, d-beat. This confrontation allows us to have, according to us a certain balance like a human being. We were essentially inspired by the human being, his qualities, his faults, the balance that makes us different. These inspirations come to us from the world around us, at work, in our personal lives. Each moment of our life becomes an inspiration because we observe all the qualities and all the defects of what builds our world.
Because the lyrics are free to interpret, we don’t want to give comments or our feelings so as not to alter the understanding.”
On the George Floyd protests
“We are very sad by what happened with George Floyd, no human being deserves this fate. We are also witnessing such dramas in France, this world is crazy. We have nothing more to say, we are indignant, disgusted. We make music and I think if our words inspire people, we would do politics.”
Local music scene
“Our local scene is quite small, we come from a sparsely populated region in France. What is interesting is that despite this few people, we all know each other regardless of the style and we are all on the same wavelength, namely mutual aid to help on concert plans (including for the Outch festival! or other stages) or self-promotion.
ASK (neo metal), Death Decline (death Metal) and The Black Peppers (crossover) are the local bands with which we are most in touch.
We were able to share the scene in France and on a few dates abroad with very cool groups. We are all in the same boat, a difficult scene but so fulfilling and rich at all levels. Humanly, we met kind and adorable people. Musically, we took a slap with the few French groups below.
Anna Sage, Dead Kiwis, Aleska, Gummo, Abre Los Ojos, Yurodivy the list is long as regards quality groups in France, it is a very prolific scene.
I just want to say to end: the friendship is not a scene (title of a split with Aleska/2014).
𝐻𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑒𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑢𝑠, 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑠 𝑢𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒𝑠 𝑢𝑠 𝑣𝑖𝑏𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑜𝑎𝑑𝑠. 𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑤𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑚𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑜𝑢𝑟 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑏𝑦 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑜𝑣𝑒, 𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟 𝑜𝑟 𝑠𝑎𝑑𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠.
I’m In Your Mind Fuzz – KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD
Absolutely crazy album by king gizzard (even if the others are too and not to mention the live performances which are electric !!!) I chose this album but any album is good to listen to because they do what they want, ranging from folk to thrash but always with their own leg and identifiable immediately.
Orc – THEE OH SEES
Psychedelic garage rock of the highest caliber and with devastating energy. The album starts off on a high note with The Static God and there too there is not much to throw on this disc and the styles mixed on this disc blend perfectly for a result which completes to convince the most reluctant.
We Like It Here – SNARKY PUPPY
Change of scenery with this jazz / prog group which gives a real lesson in music. We are captivated at each listening.
Buschcraft – BAPTISTS
I don’t think I’ve been slapped like that since Jane Doe of Converge. First epic track with this dantesque intro on Betterment. Everything goes so well until Abandon and there is the apotheosis. The drummer is amazing, neither too much or not enough !
Death Knows Your Name – THE HOPE CONSPIRACY
It is one of the rare albums which transport me in several states of mind. This is the best hardcore album in my opinion, it is not a question here of always having the same patterns or atmospheres. Wonderful piece.
Watchwinders – COILGUNS
I think I discovered this group about ten years ago, at the time I found it so innovative. Today, Watchwinders is one of my favorite albums, the album is super well built, balanced. The atmospheres are superbly well brought and the conclusion with Periscope is sublime.
Ire Works – THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
My first contact with math rock. So innovative and musical at the same time.
Jane Doe – CONVERGE
A classic for the whole group. It was the band that brought us together at the start of No Vale Nada and it continues to bring us together.
You, Me & The Violence – BIRDS IN ROW
Another group that inspires us all; we are moved with each listening of this album. In concert, we feel each emotion with a tenfold effect.