STRAWELS
Tampere / Klubi 2007


(Photo by Toni Ahonen)

"Hard Rock meets Pop”

 
Suiciderock: Could you be that kind for everybody out there and tell us something more about your band?
Matti: We met Jussi in 2002. At this time we didn`t have a bass player and we were also missing a lead singer. So we asked Jussi to join us to play bass and sing, but he wasn`t such a good singer. So he didn`t start singing. Somehow it became my job. Niko came along with Jussi. Than we started to play and here we are now.

Suiciderock: If you would have to describe each of your band members with one word, how would you do so?
Matti: Niko is lazy. I don’t know how to describe Aapo except using the term that he is big. I can’t describe Jussi with just one word. He is like a little squirrel. He always does so many things at the same time. He never is at the right place at the right time. So let’s use squirrel for Jussi. I don’t know how to describe myself. I’m just stupid. *laughs*

Suiciderock: Every band has his own musical influences. Yours are?
Matti: Our influences come from bands like “Metallica” and “Guns`n Roses”. When we decided that music is what we want to do, that was back in 1999. It was also the time when we first heard “Children of Bodom”. It simply hit us. After that we decided that we don’t want to do anything else. Our music doesn’t really sound like this bands. Someone said that we would sound like “Entwine”.

Suiciderock: How would you describe your music?
Matti: Hard rock meets pop.

Suiciderock: Can you still recall your first musical memory?
Matti: I can’t remember it by myself, but my mum told me that I was in the age of 6 or something when I went to a drawing school. There I interrupted the other pupils every time, because I didn’t want to be there. I wanted to play accordion. When I was 7 I started to play accordion. My first accordion was very small, but it was still bigger than me I guess. It was crazy.

Suiciderock: About the song writing. How does it work? Is it only one person who is writing the songs or is it like a common group project?
Matti: I write most of the songs. I get inspiration from something and than I start to play and to write some lyrics. I gather all the ideas and together with the band we make the final songs out of them. Niko also does some songs: For example “Without you” was written by him.

Suiciderock: What can people expect from your life shows?
Matti: Hm *thinking* lots of energy and noise, lots of noise. We´re a very energetic band. We like to talk with our audience. We want that the audience has the same feeling as we have on stage. We want to share everything with our audience.

Suiciderock: Can you still recall your best and your worst show ever?
Matti: I guess the best show was at the Tampere Talo. A few weeks ago. We played it in the beginning of December. And our worse show ever? It must have been in 2005 at Gloria. There were like two people watching our show and they screamed at us that we should play quickly because they needed to catch their train. After that we heard that they ended up at the train station. But we did the show.

Suiciderock: There are so many successful bands coming from Finland at the moment. What do you think is the reason for that?
Matti: I don’t know, but somebody had said that the Finnish melancholy can be heard in their music. In my opinion most of the bands play really good music.

Suiciderock: Is there any band you would recommend?
Matti: I would recommend “Private Line”. “Private Line” is an amazing band. From the bigger bands I would name “Nightwish” especially with their new singer.

Suiciderock: Your future plans for the band?
Matti: Actually we have to do a break, because we have to start these military services here in Finland. So we have to make a short break, but we keep going on with the band. We will start that break in July.



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