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

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

Enchanting rock vibes in interview with Matthau Mikojan

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What is the most useful thing your parents taught you?

Matthau Mikojan: Must be something mom taught me but I can´t think of anything in particular. I did inherit or acquire some not-so-useful personal traits, such as quick temper.

If you can be another person for one day, who would it be?

M.M.: The fiddler of Fiddler on the roof.

What is the thing you always wanted to do but never dared?

M.M.: If there´s something that I really want I´ll do everything I can to get it or get there. If there´s anything that I didn´t dare to do I´m sure it wasn´t very important to me in the first place. There used to be a couple of things, though. I used to think I´ll never be able to drive or ride a motorbike… Today I do both.

I would ask you about Tourette syndrome. You’d been fighting it, and still needs meds. I would ask, what exactly did this cause in your life, how do you manage it? What sort of advice do you have for people who suffer from such condition, or similar conditions, like Panic attacks, depression, etc.?
Was that ever any kind of heaviness for your music? Or does it make you stronger?

M.M.: I recently stopped taking medication and oddly enough I´m doing okay. It definitely was a strain – whatever it was. It all started out when I was a little kid. Every single day I would turn into a devil. There were several doctors and psychiatrists trying to figure out what it was that caused my violent, posessed-like, self-destructive behaviour but none of them ever did. I was the one who presented one of the doctors my theory of what I think is wrong with me. He agreed. Tourette´s syndrome ties into my childhood more than anything else. As far as giving advise is concerned, all I can say is take your pill and hope your world doesn´t come crashing down, again. Other than that, there wasn´t much I could do about it.

We know you can play many instruments, how does it come you stuck to the guitar? What other instrument do you like to play, which ones do you feel the most inspiring and creative?

M.M.: I believe I chose the guitar because of my father – who was a guitarist – plus there were guitars in the house so I would say it was only a matter of time when one of us boys would reach out for that dreamlike instrument. In this case, we both did. Learning other instruments was really a byproduct of starting very young. I thought I was the only one dreaming of being in a band, touring, giving interviews, venues, studios, fans, fame, money etc. until I met Paavo Pekkonen – with whom I later started Bloodpit. So, we had a place with a drum set and an amplifier. We would switch and later when we were given the opportunity to make analog multitrack recordings we would have to play the bass, keyboard and sing, as well. And that´s how we both learnt the basics of some other instruments. Guitar is my instrument – no doubt. For my new record I played drums and bass but I don´t practice playing drums or bass. Voice is a bit different… Whether you can sing… or you can´t and that´s it. For me, anyway.

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Do you own some jewelry/lucky charm that has got a special meaning for you?

M.M.: Most of them do. I love my jewelry, always have. I got my 925-silver skull ring that I used to wear every single day for years. It used to mean a lot to me. I have a silver plate with my father´s picture carved on it that I was given by some mysterious person at a gig in Germany in 2006 ; I´ve got a few cool custom-made pieces, hand-crafted in Norway, that are special. I love my Moroccan treasures. Some antique jewelry. Mainly gem stones and silver.

Recently you’ve changed a lot. Your face look more smooth, contented, rested, all in all you seem to be happy as if you’ve found some inner peace. What has happened? I mean, we are incredibly happy to see such a great and positive change but we are intrigued of what had caused this?

M.M.: Thank You. I get that a lot! I dunno… I´ve lost a couple of pounds but I wouldn´t know about ”inner peace”.

What’s the biggest challenge for you at the moment?

M.M.: The album I´m recording right now. It´s my biggest / greatest endeavour so far.

What have you bought from your first self-earned money?

M.M.: I don´t remember. It could be anything. Perhaps candy or a music magazine. It could have been cigarettes, beer, a record. You know,it was probably an amplifier or a guitar or a microphone. I don´t know.

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You’ve scared your fans pretty much on the 20th of January, when you’ve published in an open letter that your business became bankrupt. No record label, no booking agencies. Now a new album is on the way. We would like to congratulate on it, and we would like to ask what has happened, and is hopefully staying this way – in other words, record label and agency found? Only for one album, or hopefully a longer cooperation is going to follow?

M.M.: Nothing did happen. When there´s seemingly nothing going on I tend to come up with an idea or two and that´s what happened. Without a record company and their money booking a studio to make a record, which is a long process, would cost a lot of money. So I figured I´m gonna do it all myself and that´s what I´m doing. 24 songs – one asshole. I don´t know what´s gonna happen when the album is finished. At this point I´m prepared to release it myself. I may even go further than that. This is what I do and I will keep doing it no matter what. I will always find a way.

What would you do if you would be invisible for a day?

M.M.: I´d put a wig on?!

Can you remember what was the first CD/LP you ever bought and why?

M.M.: It was a cassette. I think it was Metallica: Ride The Lightning. My first cd was Megadeth: Youthanasia or AC/DC: Ballbreaker. I wasn´t into AC/DC or Megadeth when I bought the cds but since I had just gotten my first cd player I needed some music – any music. I´m glad Youthanasia was as good as it was/is.

And of course asking about this new album. Where are you recording it, how is it going, what it is going to sound like, will the music be any bit different compared to the previous albums, will it contain perhaps some acoustic songs, any guest musicians? What will be the mood, the atmosphere of the album, are you planning a tour with it either in Finland or abroad?

M.M.: The album is pretty much half done. I´m recording in Tampere. It´s going to be different from what I´ve done before not least because I am playing everything you´ll hear on there. I´m very pleased with my playing these days and it sounds the way it should. Out of 24 songs 1 will be acoustic. I can´t yet compare these new tunes to what I´ve recorded before simply because none of them is finished except for one song Tramps & Troubadours. In fact, many of them are still lacking lyrics and melody. I would love to tour this album so I guess I´m gonna have to see if any booking agency is interested.

Are you planning to join any touring band anytime as a guest musician, for example when Private Line goes to Germany at autumn? Would you like to co-work with other bands?

M.M.: I´m not planning such a thing and I don´t think Private Line is planning such a thing. If there was a good gig with some great people plus some money involved – sure!

What job would you like to do, if you were not a musician?

M.M.: Something to do with music and/or theatre.

What was the weirdest or funniest job you ever had?

M.M.: This is definitely the weirdest! I once had a job that included cutting down trees with a chainsaw and working in high places.

Credits and copyrights goes to the owner.

Credits and copyrights goes to the owner.

CiR Team

Entering the nest of vipers.

Introducing the Vipers.
Band of Vipers is a synthpop band from Helsinki, founded by the ex-Iconcrash members Matti Toivonen and Riku Mattila.
With Iconcrash Matti and Riku successfully participated in UMK 2012(the Finnish eurovision song contest) and made it all the way to the finals.
They released two albums with the band and toured heavily around Finland and Europe. Some of their highlights included supporting My Chemical Romance at Hartwall-Arena and Kaiser Chiefs and White Lies at Circus Helsinki.
After Iconcrash, Matti and Riku wanted to follow their own vision and create music that is fresh and joyful.
The guys combine emotional vocal melodies and delicious synth sounds with aggressive guitars.
Their debut album will be out in spring 2013.
The band members are Matti Toivonen on vocals and guitar, Riku Mattila on bass, guitar and synths, and Lassi Toivonen on drums.
In live shows they will have an additional synth player on stage.
[content borrowed from Band Of Vipers official website]

Here you can read Matti’s answers for Crack In Reality’s questions. Enjoy!

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1. First of all, I’d like to ask you to tell me a bit about the history about the Band Of Vipers. How you’ve actually met each other? Also how and when did the idea for the band started and when you realized that this idea should become reality?

Matti Toivonen: Band of Vipers started to evolve when we we’re touring together with Riku as we played in a band called Iconcrash for five years. We had a big tour in the autumn 2011. Somewhere on the road we came up with the idea of a band who’d play finish rock covers… That didn’t lead anywhere, Thank heavens! but it was clearly a start to a productive collaboration. Beginning of the 2012 We started to write songs together with Riku and the results can be heard on our album “My Half Burnt Heart”

2. Two of you (Matti and Riku) were in other band – Iconcrash – before starting Band Of Vipers. What made you decide to leave the band? Was it the fact you wanted to started your own band or was it because you have been going different directions with other band mates from your previous band?

MT: I think it was my time to get to the center of the stage. I’ve always wanted to be a rock singer. I was in some sort of turning point in my rock career and I’m more than pleased we took this step with Riku.

3. Soon after announcing the creation of the band, you shared your first songs”Opposites” and later on “Another  ❤ song”. Both of them received quite good welcome on your Soundcloud profile. What was your reaction for it?

MT: I’m more than pleased that our music got such warm welcome.

4. In early spring you’ve released your debut album “My half burnt heart”. Can you tell me some more about the background of how you’ve been working on it? Who was writing lyrics, music and a bit about the production process?

MT: We started with making a demo of each of the track and there was few other tracks that didn’t get on the album with Riku.
We went to the coutryside with our portable studio gear and recorded demo versions of the tracks. We also worked in our own studios.
Me and Riku make a good team. We have lot of ideas and together they envolve to a great popsongs.I wrote the lyrics mostly after the demoversions, as I got more time to focus on the stories behind the songs. Every song on the album is about love and relationships. It’s the theme that we wanted to talk about on this album.

5. To stay in creating music: how does that process looks like to you? Was it hard to create it on your own? Was there anyone to help you?

MT: We produced this album together with Riku. Making of album is always hard, but we knew what we wanted to do so that made our job much easier.

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6. When it comes to music itself, who’s your biggest inspiration?

MT: I like to listen music that has popmelodies. I’m personally inspired by many many people. I love it when people have worked hard to become a recording artist and I respect every single one of them who has succeed in this hard business. It inspires me!

7. Because there is a lot of sounds in your lives, it makes me want to ask: if not music, then what would you do?

MT: I’d be a fisherman.

8. You are only beginning with Band Of Vipers, but if I ask you to let your imagination run wild, where do you see yourselves in next few years?

MT: We make music to play concerts, because that’s what we’re meant to do. So I see us playing shows somewhere on this planet!

9. Now more reasonably, if you had to describe the music you make, where do you want to go with it, what do you want to achive with it, and for which people you want to create it?

MT: Everybody’s invited! We want people to have a good time while listening to our songs at home or during our concert. If I see people enjoying themselves while we’re on stage I’m achieving my goal.

10. What are your plans besides of the tour dates that we can see on your official website?

MT: We have a new single coming out next month!! How cool is that?

11. Any final thought for your fans?

MT: I wish everyone a wonderfull spring! I hope I see you soon on our gigs!

Thank you very much for your time.
Greetings from Poland
Iwona “Izzy”

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