From punk style to “Back Beat” – interview with The Winyls.

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Firstly, can you tell us the story behind The Winyls? How did that all started, when you met each other? And of course: where did the name for the band came from?

We (Hc and James James) were spending a break between lessons in high school…and we thought, it would cool to play in a “worst band” ever. Our early years were really punkish but a lot has happened since that. Maybe someday we will return to that musically as well. Our attitude has remain same. The Winyls is derived from a stupid phrase that we found Leady repeating just to irritate rest of us 😉

Line up of the band had changed since the band was established. Why did it change and are you happy with current line up or do you leave it an open door for potential new members?

We have had different solo-guitarists, but I think this current line-up will be long-lasting. It has been so already for several years. But it always good to keep doors open…in life wherever possible.

You’ve released 3 LP’s. They are very close to classic rock in style, but there are songs with a catchy twist like “Tango Fatale”, “Would you believe” or “Say what you say”. Was this your intention to make your sound not so obvious to categorize?

“Tango” was like a puzzle of lots of different things. I think it is one of our most ambitious songs. There are something like half million tracks in it (which is not typical for us). Usually when you got so many tracks it sounds too messy or arrangement has gone wrong, but I think the song sounds good and there are many fine moments from which one could be proud of. In general, it is hard to listen own recordings, because usually you only hear the mistakes you’ve made. Would you believe is a funny punk-march-type-song, with straight-forward attitude. And from “Say what you say” it is possible to hear some oasis-like fragments. I think it’s never an intentional decision to create something that is hard to categorize. It is subconscious desire to create something new.

This year you’ve released a single “Back Beat”. It’s another proof that you’re unique and like to experiment with music styles. At the beginning we can hear a part from classic style, played on a violin, then some electric beats, and then with big “WOW” comes the proper part of the song full of rock vibes. Is this song some kind of prelude to your upcoming album?

Yes, I hope so. Back beat was also remixed by Heavyweight DJ’s. The truth is there will be a lot of different songs coming and now we are thinking how to link them. More traditional rock songs as well as more dance and even hip-hop elements…stay tuned!

Staying in music topic: what are your influences? Do you get inspired by other Finnish artists or you also take something important into your music from foreign artists?

Of course everyone has influences and some references… Most of us have a shady classical background but I think our main sources of inspiration has been giants like The Killers, Scissors Sisters, The Beatles, Queen and Led Zeppelin. We are glad we had a chance to meet and support The Killers with their Finland’s gig a few years ago.

We’d also like to ask a bit about the background of your music carrer. What made you decide to make music, instead of choosing another path in your life?

Only our guitarist is actually a full-time musician. For others it is a passion and serious second job. That means we are not forced to make compromises in music, and we still can pay the rents etc.

Back Beat was out in 2013

Back Beat was out in 2013


When it comes to recording, how does that look when The Winyls get into the studio? Are you a kind of band that walks into the recording studio with a ready plan, and do you try to spend the least time there? Or maybe you’re not in a hurry, you like to have everything planned? In short words: are you “take it easy” or more of “hurry up” guys?

It’s both and it depends…. But usually when we are in a studio like Finnvox which is really expensive, we have had careful preparations. After that when we continue working guitar, synth and vocal tracks in our own studio, in Kaapelitehdas we are more laid back. Honey & Lime was recorded in an old villa in Porvoo called Magnusborg. We spent one month there with one sound engineer. That was great, but we could have done it (recordings) in one week or so. There was always a time for celebration, which was nice though. And creativity needs time, anyway.

How does look like with touring? Have you played somewhere outside Finland or do you focus on you motherland?

We have played in UK, Los Angeles, Berlin and a few times in Russia. But we are “still hungry” as Twisted Sister’s used to say. Last gigs that we have played have been in Finland, but we are looking forward to play in Poland! Never done that before!

In your shows you always try to include your fans with singing along and playing instruments. How important is that to you? Was there ever a special moment?

Yes, we think it is a special and unique moment for both; for us and for the people who come to see us. We like to do things by instinct!

In your music videos and sometimes on stage as well you wear some sort of costumes. We’d like to know if there’s any meaning of it or are you doing this only for pure fun?

We like to think what to wear, but the theme changes…we like – for example – the hand-made masks Leady brought from his trip to Croatia, but I think we all agree the main thing is music.

What is the craziest thing you ever did or the funniest moment you can remember doing together as a band?

There are many. One of the funniest things (to tell public) was when made a trick to our drummer. We were recording Honey & Lime in Magnusborg till late night. Pablo was having an early morning wake up because of his job and was already sleeping. We changed the time settings 4-5 hours too early in his mobile phone and waited in our own army like- beds for Pablo’s wake-up-call. We were all sleeping in the same big room. When the phone and the alarm rang, Pablo woke up (4-5 hours too early) and went to shower. Others jumped out of our beds and laughed and ran to the other side of the building where his car was parked. After shower Pablo came there and was really off his head. He said: ”I’m really messed up. I am sure you all were sleeping in the same room when I woke up…” “No, we have been here chatting all the time,” we answered. Pablo was already driving to his work (4-5 hours too early) when we stopped the car and said that he should look at the clock in his car.

Poor Pablo, this was ugly one, but funny, at least we thought it was funny after a few soft drinks.

Do you like to play at the festivals? We work together with the Suomi Sound Fest. How did you come across this project? What made you interested in participating in it?

Yes, we love festivals. But it’s not everyday that you have opportunity to play in festivals. I think live shows are the best thing in playing in a rock band. We heard about the possible chance to play in Poland from a very nice girl who came to see our show. Pablo has visited Poland and told that it is a very beautiful place. It would be really really great to play there. Looking forward to it!

Your fans say that it’s amazing how you are so great on every show and still even though you must be tired after gigs, you’re still so friendly and ready to chat with people after leaving the stage. How do you do that?

We think we need to give the best we’ve got in every show (we can not do it otherwise), it’s the very core of our essence as a rock band. It’s true though it’s sounds like a cliché. And we’re honestly very grateful to everyone who comes to see us and supports us! We like to consider our audience more friends than fans.

Getting back to your latest songs and music you are currently making. Can you tell us something about the new material? Are you working on a new album, or are you focusing more on touring now? What can we expect from The Winyls in near future?

Yes, we do not know in which form it will appear, but new songs will appear. Quite soon. We are working in the studio at the moment for a new material. We like to try different experimentations, so it takes time, but hopefully the result will be nice to listen.

Thank you for your time!

Thank you and hope to see you all soon!

Check out The Winyls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewinylsband
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheWinyls
And Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/2FNfCcRn0ELZXC7d3Rg1TD

“It’s all about passion, feeling, freedom and all that…” The essence of The Noir Brigade.

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Q: You are a very young, new band. Tell us what we can expect from you – describe your style. On your page you wrote: Between Rock, pop and punk. To which of these genres you feel most close to?

Stone: In my mind, we’re always a punk band. But it’s more just a state of mind thingy. As we all know, punk can mean nearly anything; there’s not such thing as “real punk”. For me it means passion, energy and staying focused and true to yourself. Whenever I feel like I’m in need of an inspiration, I put on some ’77 punk such as Stiff Little Fingers, The Clash and Sex Pistols and I’m all good again. It makes my heart beat faster.

Japa: Well, for me Punk or Rock’n’Roll or whatever means the same thing, it’s all about passion, feeling, freedom and all that, thou for the most people those are only names of music genres. For some reason people always need some names of the genres to figure out what music is and should they like it or not. I’m totally bored about that “genre thinking”, I just like music that sounds good for my ears, don’t matter whatever it is. I think TNB is just a good ol’ RNR band and you can expect anything from us in the future.

Q: Is there a story behind your name?

Stone: The Noir Brigade as a name is a homage to The Clash, film noir genre, femme fatales, George Orwell, dark shadows and a glimmer of hope that cuts through the darkness.

Q: Tell us something about the process, how did you become a band? How did it all begin? Who was the “brain” behind this project, and who joined later?

Stone: I used to have this punk band called L.A.M.F. with which we had a brief reunion but as it came to an end in the summer of 2012, I had all these new songs we never got to rehearse really and since I thought they’re just too good songs to go to waste, I thought I could do them with some other group. I started to plan forming a new group with VV (the bass player) and just accidentally bumped into these other guys one by one and suddenly we had a band! Sometimes things just happen. I guess we should have named our band “The Hand Of God”.

Japa: I was actually the last one to join in the band. I knew Stone and VV earlier and couple of months before I joined TNB we were in a bar with Stone talking about music and he told me about this new line-up and I got interested when I heard he might want another guitar player in their group. Well 2 months went by and then I got message from him if I would like to come and listen their rehearsals and didn’t knew what to expect. Well I went on by, met the other guys aswell and I was thinking, ok here’s the bunch of weirdos again who might get things to turn out interesting. So the guys started their set with The Whos “The Kids Are Alright” and ended after 5 or 6 songs when drummer Aku kicked his drums all over the place like a newborn Keith Moon and I was just blown away! After that moment I knew I wanna be part of this group! And actually the guys told me after those rehearsals that you’re in the band if you want to, thou I didn’t play a single note in that night, haha! So after that we had only 3 rehearsals together and went to the studio to record those first 2 songs together that ended up to be “Bangla Road Blues” and Livin’ In A Box”.

Q: On your FB-page you have the description: The Naked Skydivers from Hell. We assume Hell is from Helsinki, but what’s that thing with the naked skydivers?

Stone: “The naked skydivers from hell” is a phrase coined by Steven Adler (GNR).

Q: Who is the songwriter? Do you share the songwriting process among yourselves? Is there someone “responsible” for the lyrics, or are you all cooperating?

Stone: We have this spiritual guide who is from parallel universe and he’s called Harry Beaver. He’s the one who gives us all the music and lyrics. Whenever he feels like. So we’re really depended on his grace. Thus far he’s been quite generous, we have loads of music to work on. I just hope Harry doesn’t turn out to be an Indian giver.

Q: Do you have some rituals before going on stage? Do you have some lucky charms with you?

Japa: I think our ritual is becoming to break up before every other show and the spiritual lucky charm is that we won’t haha!

The Noir Brigade line-up

The Noir Brigade
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Q: Can you please tell us some words about your tattoos (or lack of them)?

Japa: Well I don’t have any tattoos so nothin’ much to tell, someday those might hit on me or not. Who knows…

Q: About Japa we already know he’s also a member of Private Line. Do the others also have other projects next to TNB? How does it feel to divide between two or more music projects?

Japa: Well VV is also playing in the band called The Liar, Aku has his own The Legendary Statement Band, Kitten is singing and playing all over the places, also in this group called Superfreacx, Stone has a band called Grand Revolt and I think he’s still a member also in a band called The Smackfaces with the guys originally from Smack, The Fishfaces and The Flaming Sideburns thou they haven’t been playing for a while. So this is a group of musicians who just love to play with or without.

Q: In your everyday lives, do you have average jobs, or is it all about the rock, the music?

Japa: Harry Beaver only knows…

Q: Thanks to our Kerri we get some videos from previous gigs. Japa, you always wear a turned-back baseball cap. Is it only an accident that it came out this way or is it intentional, to distinct yourself from the PL-Japa?

Japa: Sometimes you have to wear a cap to drew a map, call it an accident or not!

Q: What are your plans for the future? Is there a special goal? You already have been in the East Sound Studios, is there an album coming maybe next year?

Japa: Actually we had our first studio session with Matias Melleri from the band called Devil I Know at his studios. Collaboration with him was such a great experience that I really think we’re gonna continue working with him also in the future! We’re planning to go in the studio later this year again and hopefully the first album will be ready during next year.

Q: Which one is your favourite own song so far, and what is the story behind of it? Please tell some words about it.

Stone: I guess my favorite song is always the newest one. At the moment it’s one special new song no-one else in a band has heard yet that has a working title “Higher Ground”. It should tell about our band and where we are going. But you never know until the song’s finished. I love ’em all and they all have some special story behind them. Bangla Road Blues’ chorus started to ring in my head when I was in Frankfurt in 2010 and I went to a tiny bar that had an open stage that night. Suddenly some old punk rocker in his late 60’s came in and hopped on stage with this really cool and expensive looking acoustic Gibson guitar and started playing some Bob Dylan’s songs. And the out of the blue (thanks Harry B.!) this chorus came into my head and luckily I still remembered it when I got back to Finland. The rest of the song came together really quickly after that. Livin’ In A Box is very heavily inspired by Bob Dylan too, but no-one seems to hear it. It’s a tribute also to Cliff Williams, bass player for AC/DC who was living in a box when he got an invitation to audition for AC/DC. And the rest is history.

Japa: My favourite songs to play from TNB are called “Rehab”, “Worlds End” and “On The Edge” at the moment, but it changes time to time like always.

Q: Stone once drew himself a map and got lost… how exactly could this happen?

Stone: “The map incident” is all too embarrassing to recall… I guess I just don’t know my neighborhood well enough! Only been living here for 10 years… That was the night we played at our friend’s wedding party, so maybe I was just too excited about it all. Luckily we played much better than I navigated that day!

Japa: Hahaha, mr. Navigator!

Q: And at last…. what is your message to your fans?

Japa: Remember, remember, the 5th of November… SO REMEMBER TO STAY NOIR!

The Noir Brigade

The Noir Brigade

The magician behind BLACKBYTE – the amazing Colrath Furiae

1. When did you decide to become a graphic designer? Was it something you’ve been thinking for a longer time or was it just something you’ve been good at so you’ve decided to make money out of it?

I think I was 14 years old when I started to play a MMO game called Diaspora. At some point people started to customize the game UI and I decided to try that too (can’t remember the software I started with) and I received good feedback about my UI’s so I got somewhat excited about graphics design at that point.

Soon after I downloaded Adobe Photoshop trial version (because people recommended it) and joined art website called DeviantArt.com. There I found lots and lots of inspirational artworks and I knew this is what I really want to do.

After that I’ve kind of been practicing my skills and I’ve even received few Daily Deviation awards along the years at DeviantArt.com.

I’ve never really been after money with graphics design until I was confident enough with my skills as a graphics designer and founded my own company (2010).

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2. What is your inspiration when designing? Do you have a certain vision in your head when creating something or you need to focus harder?

With most artists, music is my greatest inspiration source. You can’t do art without emotions and music is the greatest source of emotions. 🙂

Sometimes when doing work for companies, I need to focus harder and think about the project because those projects are usually emotionally more “dull”.

 

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3. How does the designing process looks like when you’re designing anything?

Well first I get the order of course from the customer; I listen to customer’s requests or preliminary ideas. If the customer is a band, I usually ask at least lyrics for inspirational source or possibly demo songs so I can design the upcoming artwork to fit the music as much I can while respecting the customers wishes. I also listen to the song(s) on repeat when designing the artworks.

Sometimes client and my own visions clashes together about the project, so I usually do several designs based on client’s wishes and one based on mine. This often leads to “BINGO” moment for the client and we get more accurate and visually more appealing artwork done. 🙂

 

4. Can you share with us the story of BLACKBYTE? How did that all started?

I’ve worked for several different companies in the past and in every job I’ve ended up doing some kind of graphics design stuff. During that time I’ve also been honing my skills as graphics designer and received lots of questions/requests for several jobs. At that point I started to think if I should found my own company.

In 2009 when the world economy was bad, I got fired from my long term job like many others and I took that as a sign that it’s time to test my wings as self employed. I’ve never been happier about that choice! 🙂

 

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5. Do you only create designs for musicians and music business or do you also make design for other people?

Music industry is actually the smaller part of what I do and unfortunately I do not have as much time for it as I would like so I’ve had to cut large chunk out of it.

Today I have several different business partners from different companies, game/movie industry that really takes up my time.

Even though I have loads of work, I consider myself as “unknown artist” as I can’t show most of my work due the contracts I have today. Only really small part what I do, I can post to my Facebook page or elsewhere.

At some point this year or the next, I will be growing my company with more artists so I can get back to music industry as it’s really what I enjoy working with. 🙂

 

6. Was it hard to become a graphic designer or have you found it easier to call yourself someone that always something to do? Or maybe except for being a designer you have other things you do?

Becoming graphics designer is not hard if you got the talent, making real money out of it by simply doing graphics design… it’s a another story! J

In my case being graphics designer has brought me several different jobs that I’ve never even thought about. Jobs like photography, sales/marketing/purchasing support, consulting, IT support, training/teaching, media assistant, video editor etc.

Basically it’s very very hectic business, but fortunately as I have my own company – I can take a day off whenever I feel so to be with my kids and girlfriend. 🙂

 

7. How has your co-operation with Mekanism begun? You’ve worked on their lyrics video, Our Last Day, along with Stephen McMenamin. Can you please tell more about this video, how was the concept born, what was the idea behind it and how long did it take to make it?

I think they posted a message to my wall at a Finnish social website called Irc-Galleria and I really liked their music so I asked if they need website etc. After that I’ve pretty much done everything you see for Mekanism. 🙂

As for the lyrics videos, I’ve had minimal impact on those. I basically just did the background/fonts for the Our Last Day based on their album and that’s it. 😀

But for the next lyrics video, I’m gonna be working more closely with Stephen and your gonna see more of my touch on it so stay tuned! 😉

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8. You seem to get along very well with Mekanism guys. Are you friends in private as well? What do you think about them, their music? Which is your favourite Mekanism song?

These dudes are just awesome!!! I can honestly tell that they are my number one client. Even though we’ve never met (Yet, due my schedules. Sorry guys!), I’m proud to say that these fellas are my friends!

You know, these are the kind of clients that if you’re in town – you can just call them and ask if they’ll join with you for a beer etc. That’s something I really appreciate with this job and luckily I have that kind of relationship with many of my clients. 🙂

As for their music, I’m a huge fan. All of their songs knocks my socks off! 🙂

My favorite song? I really can’t choose, all the songs are so well balanced together that it’s impossible to choose! Totally kick-ass band in every way! 🙂

 

Colrath gallery and amazing artworks you can find HERE:

http://colrath.deviantart.com/gallery/

 

All photos published in this interview belong to Colrath and are copyrighted by him!

The story behind and plans ahead in interview with Chris Wicked from Malice in Wonderland

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I would like to know how the Malice in Wonderland started. What’s the story of the band? I know you’ve started in 2005 but it’s a long time since you’ve been established as a band. What are the best moments, memories you have as being a band?

I started the band with some friends in the 90’s and everything developed from there. There’s been some line up changes during the years but the band have been progressing all the time with a lot of high points (and some lows). Best moments? Hmmm. This is hard as there been so many, but we’ve had some great shows during the years and it was a childhood dream playing with Def Leppard. Also travelling to China and meeting a lot of fans on the other side of the world is a great memory!

Was it obvious from the beginning who will do what in the band? I mean if that was clear that for example Chris Wicked will be the singer and Tracy Loveless will play guitar and so on?

Actually when I started this band I was the keyboard player. It was after a couple of years when we parted way with our then singer that I took the role as the lead singer, so it was not clear at all from the beginning that I would end up as the vocalist. In the early days it was different members than today and when our guitarist moved to Germany I recruited Tracy as the guitar player as I knew he was really gifted and the perfect guitarist for this band.

How does it look like in the studio? Does each band member work on his own part directly or are you having some kind of meetings where you discuss your ideas? Does the members of MiW suggest any ideas for other member’s parts?

Usually I write the music alone or together with Tracy, but all four members help arrange the songs and their own parts. When we work on a song in our studio it is a creative progress where everyone bring their ideas and suggestions for each others parts. This can sometimes lead to heated discussion, but that’s how it should be.

Chris Wicked Photo by Kristine Ristesund

Chris Wicked
Photo by Kristine Ristesund

Since your first LP “Malice in Wonderland” from 2005 you’ve released 3 EP’s. What are you focusing on right now? Gigs and events? Or are you working on any new material for full length album?

We will release our new full length album entitled “The Royal Brigade” in the end of the year, really looking forward to that as we’re really happy with the material! Also we are writing music for a new release next year. So that’s the main focus right now in addition to gigging.

You’re from Norway, a country of such a great artists like A-Ha, Aleksander Rybak (ESC winner from 2009) or Apparatjik (with ex-Aha member Magne Furuholmen), Apoptygma Berzerk and many more. Do you feel the pressure of proving the world that you’re good at what youdo or do you base on already big fan base you’ve earned since you’ve started?

Never felt any pressure in that way really, probably because from the start we thought more of Malice as an international act rather than a Norwegian band. Our fan base has always been from around the globe and the interest came early from abroad. We do however put a lot of pressure on ourselves, to always improve in every aspect.

Does the fact you come from country so full of famous names and artists helped you somehow in becoming recognizable or are you still improving your name in music business?

Actually when it come to our genre there’s no famous Norwegian bands, so I don’t think coming from Norway has helped us at all. I don’t think people will check out Malice if they for instance like Aleksander Rybak. We’re still struggling to get our name out there as I know that a lot of potential Malice fans don’t know we exist yet. This is what we do and we will keep on going spreading our name and music.

What are your plans as for the band? Focusing on gigs, studio sessions or to conquer the world in the near future? What can fans expect from MiW in upcoming months/ year?

We are now preparing for the Trash Fest in Finland were we will play a normal show as well as an acoustic gig. We’ll also have a some concerts in Norway. Other than that our main focusing is the release of “The Royal Brigade”.

Malice in Wonderland Photo by Kristine Ristesund

Malice in Wonderland
Photo by Kristine Ristesund


If you had to share anything with people that follows you on social networking sites and websites they can find you?

Everyone most follow us on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/maliceinwonderlandof. Also check out our website http://www.malice-in-wonderland.com where you can find a lot of info and links to all our social networks. We have also just released a new EP and the video for the song “Live For Today”can be seen here: http://youtu.be/5jBpOkHN5rM

Cheers and rock on!! Stay Malice!
Chri$ Wicked // Malice In Wonderland

Bounds of blood and music in interview with Mekanism

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As you define yourselves, you are five dedicated musicians, each with considerable experience on music fields. What are your previous projects, which instruments can you play, and why are you stuck to the instrument you’re currently playing in this formation?

J-V: My main previous project was called Damaging Fallout (Technical Death Metal), and I was one of the key songwriters, and lead guitarist for the band. So I had pretty much the same position in the that I have in Mekanism today.

Criss: I played acoustic gigs with M.McMenamin. I have also played Cello as a child, and drums when I was a teenager.

M.McMenamin: I’ve done this and that before, playing different instruments such as piano and guitar before settling to playing bass as my main instrument. I love playing the bass in the band because the sound is so powerful. Nevertheless, I write music mostly with my piano and guitars. I also enjoy singing but right now I’m on a break due to damaged vocal chords. I’m into producing and mixing as well and that’s become an important role in Mekanism.

Calu: I was the “Growler” of Damaging Fallout with my brother J-V. I have also played accordion as a child.

Ace: Before Mekanism I have played in numerous bands, ranging from cheesy prog rock to pop covers. I play the piano a little, though mainly as a tool for coming up with riffs and melodies.
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You are about to release a new EP, please tell us more about it!

MEKANISM: Actually we already released the new EP called The End of Fear and we are very excited about it!!

It is always interesting to see how in Finland new and new bands are being created, just like mushrooms in the woods after the rain. How was MEKANISM born?

MEKANISM: Mekanism is the brainchild of cousins Criss and J-V, who in spring 2010 set out to form a band that would be a mix of rock and metal influences. Criss’s good friend The Scot (M. McMenamin) took up bass duties while J-V’s brother Calu became the band’s rhythm guitarist. Meanwhile the band auditioned several drummers, and Ace’s technical, tasteful playing impressed the band. Upon his joining, the lineup of Mekanism was complete.

As said above, there are always new bands coming. What are the everyday difficulties in such a world where there are so many good rock bands, how can you manage to keep your position, your popularity among the fans, when you have to competite with many other bands?

MEKANISM: We just work our asses off, and keep on going. And offcourse believing in what we’re doing.
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The lyric video of „Our Last Day” was done by Blackbyte (aka Colrath Furiae) and Stephen McMenamin. Can you please tell us more about cooperating with Colrath?

MEKANISM: Colrath is the best guy ever. He does badass graphics always on schedule. As a band, we love the guy. (NO HOMO)

What do you feel, what is the plus MEKANISM is able to give the rock fans?

MEKANISM: Some serious amount of BALLS.

As you write „Massive metal riffs interwoven with beautiful choruses create the atmosphere that Mekanism is all about” How was this concept born? Did you already decide at the very beginning „Ok, Calu would do the brutal vocal and Criss the clean ones”, or did it come with time?

MEKANISM: We had a pretty good idea of what we were about to do in the very beginning. We just wanted to create something fresh and kickass metal from Finland.
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Your bassist, Mikko, has a Scottish sounding surname. Are you indeed a half-Scottish, half-Finnish gentleman?

M.McMenamin: tae’s rrrright mate

The intro of „Song Of Silent Suffering” is simply ethereal and beautiful. It reminds me (Anne) of a stream of waterfall in a mountain, among dark pine trees, in the fog. Tell us please more about this song, how it was born, who wrote the lyrics, what is the story behind of it?

MEKANISM: The song is mainly built around J-V’s guitar riffs. The intro is actually based on the notes used in the guitar riff that comes after it. The lyrics are about the idea of what “being a man” is, both from a societal standpoint and on a more personal level. Lyrics has been written by Ace.

M. McMenamin: The song is mainly built around J-V’s guitar riffs. The intro is made by M. McMenamin. The vocal melodies and harmonies were created by him and Ace. The lyrics are about the idea of what “being a man” is, both from a societal standpoint and on a more personal level. Lyrics has been written by Ace.

Whose idea was to shoot that poor polar bear in the video of „On The Edge”?????

MEKANISM: Actually, it was the video director, who had the idea 😉
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(…. and how does Criss have such a good body… )

Criss: No pain, no gain.

Thank you for your answers, guys!!
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Copyright:
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by Mike Sirén
Graphics by Mike Siren and Blackbyte