HELLCITY PUNKS
Helsinki 2008


(c) Hellcity Punks Official

"Classic Rock brought into the 21st Century"


Suiciderock: The Hellcity Punks were found in 2007. So you are still a quite young band. Could you introduce yourselves for our readers?
Dennis:
That`s correct if you mean today`s line-up. The band was actually found in 2004 by me and our guitarplayer Hooligan. We had a different singer and two different bassplayers back than. It turned out that this weren`t the right guys. We always tried to figure something out, but it just didn`t lead to anything with the old line-up.

Suiciderock: So what about the new line-up than?
Dennis:
This is the fix line-up. We don`t want to mix our sound from today with the old stuff from that time. If we talk about the Hellcity Punks as a band we mean the band as it is nowadays. That is really important. The time before that is just a piece of our bandhistory.

Suiciderock: How would you describe the Hellcity Punks?
Janze:
Everybody in the band has it`s own taste when it comes to music but I would describe our style as “classic rock” but on the other hand it includes our very own sound as well. I would say it is classic rock combined with our own unique style.
Dennis:
I agree with Janze. But you have to be carefull when you talk about  classic rock as people think about those old rockbands. I would say it`s a modern version of classic rock.
Janze:
Ok let`s put it like this: Classic Rock brought into the 21stCentury. That`s how to describe it I think.

Suiciderock: You name Kiss, Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper as your idols. Would you say that people can find some influences of the mentioned musicians as well?
Dennis: 
Mötley Crüe has influenced all of us. Everybody in the band is a huge fan of Mötley Crüe besides Kiss. This two bands are our common influences but than it goes into many different directions when it comes to this theme. I`m for example quite into 70`s stuff. Hooligan is very much into the 80`s, Janze is probably the Grunge Guy in our band.
Janze:
I`m the fall-out boy. 

Suiciderock: Please describe the character of your bandmates.
Janze:
I think Hooligan is “the leader”. That definitely fits for him.
Dennis:
Yeah, Hooligan keeps the whole thing together.
Janze:
He`s kind of a father figure in the band. Ok, what about us? Johnny is “the animal”, Dennis is very “energetic”, he always has some energy left.
Dennis:
Well it`s hard to describe Janze but he is important for the whole package. I would compare it with Hooligans description. I mean it`s ok if you replace the bass player or the drummer of a band. It could work out but it`s always quite difficult to replace the singer. It would change the whole picture, the style, the sound, everything will be different and so will be the lyrics. The singer is very important for a band.

Suiciderock: I read that you found your singer after an advertisement on the internet. What criteria made you choose him at the end?
Dennis:
Yeah, that`s true. We were searching for a singer on the internet. I think Janze can tell the story much better than I.
Janze:
Yes, I was surfing in the internet and for some reason I ended up on the website of the Hellcity Punks where I found an advertisement that they were searching for a new singer. So I thought I should try that. I sent an email to Hooligan, than we met, went to the rehearsalroom to play some coversongs. It didn`t take long 'til we found out that we match together pretty well.

Suiciderock: How did this effect the rest of the band? Did you get many emails regarding this advertisment?
Dennis:
It was difficult at the beginning when Janze came. I mean you have to know that at the time Janze came to join us everything was getting worse and worse for us as a band. We had many guys who wanted to play with us. Everybody was sending us emails and in every email we had to read “I`m the best man for this job” or whatever. Some of them really sounded as they would be the second Axel Rose and when you heard them singing it turned  out that they were terrible singers. It was like searching for the right key, we were quite disappointed about the whole situation. When we met Janze for the first time I knew that this is going to work out. Than when he sang we knew that we`ve found the missing key. The chemistry was right. We told him that we will call him a little bit later. But he didn`t have to wait so long. *smiles*

Suiciderock: What was more important in your opinion? Was it the musical or was it the personal aspect?
Janze:
Of course, the musical aspect is very important, but also the chemistry plays a big and important role. When we met the very first time it was as we would have known us since ages. It was something like being sole-mates or however you want to call it.

Suiciderock: Your debut EP "Result In Disaster” was released last August. It contains 5 songs. Can you describe them briefly?
Janze:
It`s exactly the kind of music I like to play. I don`t know what to say about the composing but lyricalwise I`m writing about stories that happen around me. Maybe the stories are a bit sad.

Suiciderock: Is it easier for you to write and create songs that contain sad lyrics?
Janze:
I`ve never been that kind of songwriter who wants to write those “cliché Rocksongs”. Maybe that`s one proof more that our style is not that much classic rock.
Dennis:
The lyrics are very deep. The singer we had before Janze never came up with something unique. When I read Janzes first lines I was convinced that he has brilliant ideas for the lyrics of the songs.
Janze:
I don`t want to sing something like “Baby baby jump into my fast car, I want to get layed”, that`s so basic and it`s been done before. That`s what I mean with cliché.

Suiciderock: But if you read the names of your songtitles, you might get another impression…
Dennis:
Yeah, the song names give you that kind of impression that our lyrics are treating exactly this themes. But if you listen to the songs you will find out that they can tell you so much more than just this basic nonsense.
 

Suiciderock: So it was not difficult to adapt to Janzes way of writing the songs?
Dennis:
No, it was not at all. Everybody in the band stands behind our music.

Suiciderock: Are these typical Rock`n Roll cliches always bad than?
Janze:
No, don`t get me wrong. I think that cliches can be good when the right person is using them but I don`t feel too comfortable myself to sing about such stuff.

Suiciderock: You`ve shot your first official video for the song “Destination O.D.” directed by Petja Narmala. Is there a special story behind the clip?
Dennis:
Petja did a terrific job. The whole story about the video came up because... Well, we didn`t have that much money as we haven`t got a record deal yet. We suddenly found "Destination O.D." in the charts. We really needed a video for the song with some kind of budget that we could also handle to get airtime. This charts programme, called "Latauslista" plays the video of the new songs immediately. But as we didn`t have a clip the host always just named "Destination O.D." and the programme mooved on. It would have been a really huge help for us when all the people see and hear us on tv. So we decided to shoot a clip. We found Petja and he was willing to help us. The budget was also quite ok as he wanted us to buy him just a couple of beers and he would be fine. We had to come up with something in a really short time so there was no big plan for a story. You can see us playing, basic stuff. The only sad thing is that when the video came out we weren`t in the charts anymore. So hopefully we`ll get back there. *smiles*
Suiciderock: How many beers did you owe him?
Dennis:
Well, two, maybe three, maybe some more. And of course we gave him a little extra for that, too. He got the drinks and the ticket to come from Hämeenlinna to Helsinki and back. Maybe he wants to work with us in the future again. I hope we will have more time than.
Suiciderock: How did you feel while working with him?
Dennis:
He`s a great guy, he told us everything we had to do. We were really quick because he already had something in his mind. He was an very open guy. It felt very nice to work with him: He made everybody feel good.

Suiciderock: Everybody of you has a normal day job besides the band. What are you doing for living?

Janze:
I`m a computer nerd, I make some grafic designs. I`m designing websites and stuff. I`m a webdesigner.
Dennis:
I`m selling shoes. I`m not selling them in a store. I import stuff from the US, than I sell it to the retailers here and get my profit.
Suiciderock: How does the normal job combine with the band live?
Dennis:
It is pretty hard but it is easier to have this kind of job than having a 9 to 5 job. It would be terrible especially when we have a gig somewhere outside of Helsinki. I can plan my appointments with my customers. I feel ok with that but still it is taff cause I have two jobs. I would love to have the band as my mainjob also if I would have to cut my sallary for the half as long as it is enough to pay the rent and to buy some food I`m fine with it.

Suiciderock: What about an recorddeal? Did you contact any recordcompanies yet?
Janze:
I have to admit that we have been a bit lazy concerning this. But we`ve contacted some recordcompanies already.
Dennis:
I think it would be the best for us to get a contract with a small and independent label.
 

Suiciderock: What can people expect from your life shows?
Janze:
I think our shows are pretty full of energy. If I go to  a gig to see some band performing I want to hear and see a good show. I don`t want to have the same kind of experience as I have when listening to their studioalbum. I want to see something, I want to see a great show.
Dennis:
Our shows are getting better the more gigs we play. It`s getting better all the time I think. There is always something happening, you definitely won`t get bored.

Suiciderock: The year is about to end. People tend to make stupid new years solutions every year again?
Dennis:
Actually I promised myself that I don`t want to make any resolutions this year. I don`t want to change at all. No bad surprises anymore.
Janze:
I would agree. It is the best not to promise anything. I promise to try to write hits that will blow everybodys mind away. At least I try to do so. *smiles*


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