Recently the Loaded Radio podcast sat down for a chat with H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo, who has a new LP out, Neon Noir, under the new moniker of VV. These days, Valo feels very comfortable where he's at musically. He feels inspired by the songs of Neon Noir, and realizes that his former band can hang their hat on something many others can't: they went out on a "high note." Still, Valo can't say for certain he'd never reunite with H.I.M.—just don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen.
"It'd be lovely to play with some of the lads, especially Migé, the bass player," Valo told Loaded Radio. "He's one of the guys who also was here at my home studio, when Neon Noir was born, every couple of months he came over to listen to where I was at with the album. He was my Rick Rubin — this guru who didn't say much but whose opinions anyway matter the most. He's a lovely chap and a really, really good friend.
"I never say never — definitely," Valo continued. "If there's good reason and if there's good timing, it'd be great. They're great musicians and they're great guys — we shared a lot of good things, both on a personal level and a musical level — but at this moment in time, none whatsoever. I'm not interested at all. 'Cause it doesn't make any sense." You can listen to the complete Loaded Radio podcast with Valo here.
"It's only been a few years since we disbanded. It's getting close to six years now. So it hasn't been long. And I think there's also the danger of rehashing something and messing it up royally. We ended on a high note, so that's quite nice. At the end of the day, we did end the band for a good reason," Valo also noted.
"It was quite painful being with the band that you love to death and at the same time realize that things are not working out, and no matter what you do, the love is not there anymore. So I'd be very wary of trying to reanimate that because it might end up being that sort of Frankenstein monster that nobody wants to really meet."