Valeras: “If it wasnt for The Rock Academy then we wouldn’t have met”

Reading youngsters Valeras are setting off on their first ever headline tour, having met at a weekend rock school in their distinctly guitar-loving hometown, and supported The Wombats, The Amazons and Demob Happy. 

Their hooky sound and deeply-personal lyrics have the band labelled as one to watch by BBC Introducing and Radio One, as well as being regulars on the lesser stages at Reading Festival. I caught up with them before their double date with Dublin later this month…

I understand this is your first headline tour. How does it compare, psychologically, to the various support slots you’ve been playing before now?

There’s slightly more pressure to getting everything the way we want it to be, but also there’s a lot more excitement because its our first headline tour. 

You quite literally went to rock school. Put aside our movie images for a minute… how well does that work for prespective musicians?

We went to more of a summer camp, it was only for a weekend and it was just like one group per day. It wasn’t quite a rock school but it was a good organisation for young people to meet other likeminded musicians. If it wasnt for The Rock Academy then we wouldn’t have met. 

Are you thinking about an album at this stage? Do you have any idea what it would be like?

We’re always writing and looking to release new music as it comes, so we’ll see where this year takes us!