Through some of the friends I’ve made since moving to Switzerland, I’ve been introduced to some killer Swiss bands, Vale Tudo being another tremendous band in a vibrant local hardcore scene. Vale Tudo have been killing it since 2006. Their relentless brand of hardcore will appeal to fans of Lionheart, Madball & Terror. I’ll have their latest LP “Troubled Times” for sale in the next week or so, so keep an eye out for that absolute belter. Until then, have a look at what Dani had to say.
If you had to introduce extraterrestrials to music with only five records, what do you choose?
Not an easy one to answer. On one hand you want to show them the full range of what is out there, on the other hand you want to keep them away from all the rubbish, hahaha. So as the selfish piece of shit I am here is what I guess is worth to introduce them to:
- Otis Redding, The Dock Of The Bay
- Dolly Parton, Jolene
- The Ramones, It‘s Alive
- Motörhead, 1916
- Dr. Dre, The Chronic
Vale Tudo have been around for a minute. The new album, "Troubled Times" (which i'm trying to get my hands on) is pissed off and full of energy. How hard is it to maintain that level of energy after being around for so long?
It‘s pretty easy actually. There are still a million things happening in this world every day to be pissed off about. The hardest part is to bring the six of us together in our practise space due to a lack of time (bloody work, beautiful families, etc.). And there you have it - another fact that pisses me off, hahaha!
And by the way...i will send you a copy of our latest record, just let me know if you want to get the smash or splatter version ;-)
Being one of Zurich's longest running hardcore bands, what do you make of the scene now, compared to when you started out?
What can I say....everything is going through changes. I changed a lot myself. But I also see that most things are going around in circles, or come and go in waves like the fucking 80‘s fashion, hahaha!
The same applies for the hardcore punk scene.
One thing that never changed is that it always was and will be a thing from the heart with not enough money involved to make it a crazy business.
Back then and today the scene is as alive as we all want it to be. Beside all the bands, you need people like the Roadrage guys to have shows in your town. You need people who invest their free time to make distros, labels, zines, take photos at shows, etc. And of course you need people who go to the shows and buy merch to keep the wheel spinning.
Are there any bands, past or present that you wish were more well known?
There was this crossover band Sullen back in the 90‘s. As far as I know they did one record only. No idea what happened to them...
What's 2020 got coming up for Vale Tudo?
Expect the unexpected ;-)