"We are not as funny as we may seem"
Suiciderock: What should people know about Bloodpit?
Matthau *thinking*: It's a difficult question. Basicaly people should know that we are a band and ehm... Too difficult question. *laughing*
Suiciderock: We can skip it and ask later again?
Matthau: Okay okay okay. Yeah.
Suiciderock: How do you get prepared for a show?
Matthau: Usually we change our clothes, we have a few drinks, smoke a lot, sweat a lot, pee a lot. I try to get into the right mood for the show, because I`m very nervous and adrenalin starts to rush through you vains. You get very excited. Basicaly that's the only drug I use. That`s how I try to get into the right mood.
Suiciderock: You are on tour in Germany right now and you already played some gigs. What was it like for you to play here?
Matthau: Today was our last show here in Germany. Ten shows are behind us now. There have been a lot of people. That was a surprise for us, because we didn`t know that so many people know us over here. It's been so great for us and this was the craziest tour in the history of Bloodpit so far.
Suiciderock: What are your expectations from this tour?
Matthau: As I just told you we didn`t know what to expect. The same thing happened when we had our first gig in Moscow. There have been a lot of people in the audience and everybody was singing along to our songs. That's what happened here also. The people seem to know who we are. Even if there are only a few people in the audience they know who we are. That means a lot to us.
Suiciderock: Why should people come to see your show?
Matthau: I don`t know, because I have never seen us live. Somehow the people just keep showing up.
Suiciderock: „Mental Circus" was now also released in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. Did you happen to read any critics for the album so far?
Matthau: I haven't read any. I didn't have the chance to check out the internet or magazines and stuff like that. I was very busy. So I don`t know how the critics look like, but when I`m back in Finland I will check them.
Suiciderock: Can you describe „Mental Circus"? What are the songs about? Is it like an entire concept or does every song stand for its own?
Matthau: Every song is different, because I'd say that „Mental Circus" is a compilation cd of all the songs we wrote when we started with the band. It's sort of a best of album. 'Cause when we started to record „Mental Circus" we had something like 40 songs, but we dismissed a lot of them. The best songs out of them made it to the album.
Suiciderock: You are working on a new record as far as I know. What can people expect? Will it be different than „Mental Circus"?
Matthau: Yes, we do. Well, the thing is that we don't want to do the same as we did for „Mental Circus" so it`s gonna be different, but it's still gonna be Bloodpit. To be honest it`s gonna be more honest and more in your face. I think it's gonna be just great! We are looking forward going to the studio.
Suiciderock: Any plans when it will hit the stores?
Matthau: Yes, actually we do. In Finland maybe spring 2007 and outside Finland Autumn 2007. That is the schedule right now, but who knows? There could be some changes in the schedule.
Suiciderock: For the song „Bad ass Blues" you had this video clip inspired by the German fairytale of „Hänsel and Gretel". Who had this idea?
Matthau: Yeah! It's German one!!! When we started to film the first video for „Platitude", we decided to do a remake of the movie „The Shining" and when that came out we wanted to continue with this weird style. We wanted to play the rolls by ourselves. We needed another story to tell and another exiting story to tell and another concept for the video. I think the video succeeded pretty well.
Suiciderock: Any plans for a new single / videoclip?
Matthau: We are just about to enter the studio. Not yet, but really soon. Because we have to release a single and I really don`t know wether it`s gonna be only for finnish fans or also for the people outside of Finland. Let's see.
Suiciderock: You signed a record deal with 456 Enterprises from the U.S. In how far did this deal change your situation?
Matthau: Usually we were supposed to tour in the United States in the beginning of 2007, but that won`t happen as we are working on the follow up album and we want to do the things step by step. We will focus on the album and than we will see what happens.
Suiciderock: But you get much more money from that, or?
Matthau: Do we? Normally we pay for everything.
Paavo: Normally we pay for it.
Alarik: And we even can`t afford beer.
Suiciderock: Okay we give you the beer back.
Matthau opens the bottles by hitting them on the table: Here you are.
Suiciderock: How important is money for you?
Matthau: It makes living much easier. That`s pretty much all you can say.
Suiciderock: Is there a big difference between an European and an American label?
Matthau: Of course American is bigger. I think people in America are more focused on the image and all that stuff. While it is more about the music here in Europe and nobody tells you what to do, what to wear and so on. Yeah I think it is very different.
Suiciderock: Will you tour through America next year?
Matthau: Right now, we don`t know what's gonna happen.
Suiciderock: You have many female fans out there. What does a woman have to get your attention?
Matthau: It doesn`t really matter wether your hair is blonde, red or brunette or how tall you are. It doesn`t really matter how old you are. It's the personality. Well, bullshit it`s all about the boobs.
Paavo: Ooooooh yeah!!!
Suiciderock: Do you see yourself as a good kisser?
Matthau: As a good kissser? Yes, I do. Yeah.
Suiciderock: Which gig was the best and which one the worst you played up to now?
Matthau: I don`t know, because every show was different. There were some smaller venues and some bigger venues. So I can`t name one. It`s hard if you are not in the right mood or you are tired, but that`s part of our job.
Suiciderock: Is it ture that you have an addiction to Kinderschokolade? Any other addictions?
Matthau: Absolutely. I love it! I'm also addicted to coffee, cigarettes, sex, food and shopping.
Suiciderock: You said that you quit drinking. Was that such a big problem?
Matthau: Actually it was. It's been a real big problem for so many years. One day I just decided to quit, because it came to a point when I couldn`t hold my hands up anymore. I don`t think we would be here right now, if I had never stopped drinking. It's really important to me.
Suiciderock: Was it hard to stop?
Matthau: First it was. For two months or three months it was really hard to be on a tour with guys who drink a lot. (Paavo and Aleksi hiding their beers under the table) Nowadays it`s not a problem anymore. When people have fun, I also have fun. It doesn`t botter me anymore.
Suiciderock: Did you take any professional help?
Matthau: No, I didn`t.
Suiciderock: What would you never do for money?
Matthau: Kill anyone? Maybe... I don`t know. *smiles*
Suiciderock: How much?
Matthau: Maybe 50 Euro. *laughs* No just kidding.
Suiciderock: If you could be a woman for one day. What would you do and how would you look like?
Matthau: Well not to be naive, of course I want to have sex with a guy and maybe I would do the same things like I do now as a man: Go shopping. I haven`t really thought about it.
Suiciderock: The year is about to end. What was 2006 for Bloodpit like?
Matthau: It happened a lot. We've been really busy with writing the new material. We played a lot of shows, we visited L.A. and Moscow and Italy. So much happened. I could write a book about it.
Suiciderock: Any ideas for New Years Eve? Will you perform somewhere?
Matthau *asks Paavo and Alarik*: Soittaa uutavuota?
Alarik: Ey. (No).
Matthau: No, we don`t. We are just getting ready for the studio work. There won`t be a show on New Years Eve.
Suiciderock: What about your future plans beside going to the studio?
Matthau: I guess we go on step by step. If it's the new album or the tour or any of these things. The future is always uncertain. It would be great to say that we are doing the same thing after ten years, but I don`t know. I would be a liar if I would say that.
Suiciderock: Before we end up, can I ask you the first question again?
Suiciderock: What should people know about Bloodpit?
Matthau: We are not as funny as we may seem. We are very professional and serious guys, we are very down to earth. That`s it.
Suiciderock: Some closing words for your fans and this interview?
Matthau: It´s better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.
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