Frank ValenzaPsychedelic / Pop
Born in Pollena Trocchia, the closest village to the ‘mouth’ of the Vesuvio, the volcano of Naples, Frank Valenza will bring you the finest Psych Pop, drenched with joy, melancholy and sulfur.
Frank’s first EP Launderama was released in April 2017 and it already received some truly unexpected airplay on national Dutch Radio 1. The band also played several shows, including festivals De Beschaving and Le Guess Who?
In 2017, Frank has worked on his second EP Daze with Simon Akkermans (Bombay, Mister & Mississippi, BINKBEATS). Frank and his band recorded it in July and August that year at the Epic Rainbow Unicorn studio, Utrecht.
Frank about Daze: “I was born in Naples, which is also the city where my entire family comes from; people from Naples are the perfect example of this art; they constantly deal with quite complex and heavy problems, but they never lose their laugh. This way of living inspired me to write songs about personal and sometimes heavy subjects, but in an uplifting and chilled way; as they say in Naples, the only thing which is not reversible is death. I wrote most of the EP when visiting my hometown last summer. I always try to keep it fresh, that’s why I write my songs not too long before the actual recording. I started without a plan and I wanted to stick as close to myself as possible and show the lightest side of my personality, deep as I am and without turning away from my principles.”
“Daze is a song that inspired me. It was pretty basic, at the beginning, although it became harmonically very rich, in the end and it opened a sort of window, where I could find and see my ‘joker face’. It’s a song that talks about my urge to find distraction, which I will probably bring with me through the years to come. For that reason, I called the EP Daze, to make sure that feeling would ‘infect’ the other songs as well.”
“Most of the writing has been done by myself in Italy, the month right before going in the studio (June). I usually like to keep it fresh, so I normally write the month before getting in the studio and I usually arrange the songs directly in the studio. This time, I arranged and recorded the songs in the studio with Julia Hendriks (voice and keys), Annemarie van den Born (drums), Tim Coehoorn (guitar), Tim Lamballais Tessensohn (bass). I truly loved each moment I spent with those buddies”
Listen to Daze here.