Helldone / Helsinki 2005
(Photo by Mikko Rikala)
"Tours are usually the time of my life, when I laugh the
Suiciderock: What`s your opinion about
the Helldonefestival and what was your gig like? Did you have fun?
Wille: We always have fun at gigs.
The festival is a great thing for starters. I like the idea. The show yesterday
was fun, but then I felt a little bit that we have the wrong audience. This
little goth girls at the show. So 90% even didn’t know who we are. It was fun
but a good challenge.
Suiciderock: Do you think it’s a good
chance to introduce your band even if it’s not the right
Wille: Yeah because it’s
been all over the media. A lot of people don’t know us now. At least they know
now the name because of the media hype behind the whole thing. It’s been all
over the TV and radios. For us it is a great thing to be part of it.
Suiciderock: You have a special guest
musican on your current album, Michael Monroe from Hanoi Rocks is playing the
Harmonica on the song „One Tragedy“. How did it come to this cooperation and
what was it like to work with him?
Wille: We were recording at the
same studio where they were also doing their new stuff. Every once in a while he
popped into our room where we recorded the stuff. He liked us and he had never
heard us before. Then one day he asked by himself, if he can come and play
something, because he likes the stuff. We told him that we will look if there is
some empty spot we need something to fill in, then he can come and try something
at least. There was one song for which we still needed a guitar solo and we
asked him to play it. He did it and he did a good job. It sounds good.
Suiciderock: Who is responsible for the
songswriting and what are your major influences?
Wille: Jani is.
Jani: Many things, but
mostly life, people’s life. Some of them are like real stories, but of course it
is also fiction. I just look around and write about what I see.
Suiciderock: Is it like a diary for
Jani: A bit yeah. My
lyrics are a bit dark. They are not about happy, happy joy to everyone. I think
that the world isn’t such a good place to be, sometimes and it’s not my thing to
write this kind of „girls and fast cars“-lyrics. It’s easier for me to write
about stuff, which is a bit more dark.
Suiciderock: Which reactions did you get
after the release of „The End Justifies The Means“?
Jani: They were mostly good. Surprisingly good. Not so
many bad reviews.
Yeah they were mostly good. It’s a
different kind of record, noone expected us to do. I was expecting the worst,
but luckily I was wrong. People seem to enjoy our music.
Jani: We started
as a stoner rock band and people expected us to do the same thing. But we
decided to do something completely different and I think it went well.
Wille: It’s our best record...
Jani: ...so far.
Wille: I hoped
people would like it. It got mostly good reviews and a few of them liked us
aswell. That’s always like this.
Jani: After the
recording and mixing, I was completely satisfied with this
Wille: Yes, I
agree. It’s the first record I’m almost completely satisfied with. The other two
records are more or less wicked. There were tings we could have done better.
This time I just could listen to it at home and could be happy.
Jani: I was nervous before the release because I knew
we’ve done our best and we couldn’t have done anything better. So this album is
our best shot.
Suiciderock: Who came up with the idea
for the album title and can you explain why you decided to take this
Jani: It’s your title,
Wille: No, no
it’s not my title. We had all the song titles and there was also this album
title. We had afew alternatives, but this specific one has a special meaning for
me. So I voted for that and eventually it turned out to be the album
Jani: I think
it’s something like... You’re forced to do things along the way and you aim for
something and you want to please everyone or yourself, but I think the end
justifies your means.
Suiciderock: So many comparisms were
made about your newer sound. Some said it would be stoner rock, heavy metal,...
How would you define the music of Sunride?
Wille: For starters it’s ridicolous, if they read the
reviews. I wonder what they have been listening to.
Jani: They compare us to bands, we haven’t even heard
Which bands did they compare you to?
Wille: One time I
counted the bands we got compared to. There are over 50 different bands. You
know, usually bands who play a certain kind of stuff, they get compared to 2 or
3 different bands, but in our case there were 50 bands. People desperatly tried
to find an adequate comparism. I don’t know how long it will take until they
admit that it is just us. There was this German band: The Vision Bleak. We got
compared to them and then ended up on their website and their music is something
completely different. So mostly I just laugh.
Jani: Some finnish guy compared us to
a good comparism, isn’t it?
Yes, but we don’t like U2.
Wille: Comparing us to
them is like heaven and hell, but this are the ears of reviewers. I can’t do
something against it. I just have to live with it.
Suiciderock: Besides Sunride everyone of
you has a „normal“ 9-5 job. Is that right? Wille e.g. Works as a graphics
designer. What are the other guys doing and how can you combine this with your
Jani: Yes, I do some
graphics and designs for websites as a freelancer. That kind of stuff with
computers. I’m a nerd...
Wille: I also
do something with design for the venue of my hometown in the middle of
Finland. I do posters, websites and record covers and that kind of stuff as a
Would you quit, if it would turn out that you can live from your
Wille: I would keep it.
Jani: It’s fun.
graphic design was my hobby, then I got money for it. It’s the same with music.
It was a hobby and now I get money.
Jani: It’s not
something we have to do. It’s something we like to do.
Wille: My job gives me absolutely freedom to decide what
I like to do because I’m a freelancer I can go on long tours and do whatever I
want. So I don’t want to loose it either. I like to keep things as they are. I’m
Suiciderock: Almost everyone of you
lives in a different town of Finland. So for example Janne lives in Tampere,
Mikko and Jani in Helsinki and Wille in Jyveskylä where also your rehearsing
room is. How do you manage this situation?
Jani: That’s hard. I live in Helsinki, our other
guitarplayer Mikko lives in Helsinki as well. Wille and our drummer Veli-Matti
live in Jyväskylä and our bass-player Janne lives in Tampere. Our rehearsal room
is in Jyväskylä.
Wille: It’s hard to get
all the guys from different areas to the same place. Usually we gather some days
before we have a show in our hometown to rehearse every day.
Suiciderock: So you don’t rehearse once
Wille: No, no. For example
for this show I was on tour with another band and we even didn’t have a
rehearsal room, so we didn’t rehearse for about three month. But now it felt
good to come to the new rehearsal place.
Suiciderock: Aren’t you nervous to go on tour without
Wille: No, we are not. We
are a ten years old band. We don’t have to rehearse rehearsing. It’s enough if
we have like 3 days to rehearse. Usuallly when we start to rehearse, it’s
difficult for us, but on the next day it’s like there haven’t ever been a
Jani: We are so
Wille: It would be good
to rehearse more, but at this point it’s impossible.
Jani: We have to find something that’s ideal for
everyone, but I doubt that this is gonna happen someday.
Wille: We will see what happens. At the moment we have
to take things as they are: Rehearse when it’s possible.
Suiciderock: Do you have a funny
tourstory to tell?
There has been funny stuff going on on each tour but I guess
I forgot 90% of it. Right now I can’t think of anything really
funny. But tours are usually the time of my life, when I laugh the
most. We laugh about stupid inside jokes. That’s what happens if
you are on a bus for three weeks with 4 different people. Then things
just start to role and develope. It’s just stupid things we laugh
Jani: If you are
consider that there are 5 finnish guys go around through Europe with some
alcohol to play Rock’n Roll, something funny or something not so funny
Suiciderock: How do you normaly
celebrate New Years Eve?
We will play an anniversary show in our hometown. It will be something
special for us as we haven`t played a show on New Years Eve before. This year we
wanted to do it so we booked this show. Hopefully we will have a good time, just
play the show and get drunk and spend the night with friends. That`s it.
Suiciderock: Are you going to make any
New Year`s resolutions?
I just started to smoke after a three-years-break maybe I try to...
Jani: ...I try to be a better person.
Wille: Just to take it a little bit easier. I try
to chill out the first month, I try not to party so much and just load my
Everytime when I try to make a promise to
myself like e.g. quit drinking, I can’t keep the promise. So maybe it`s better
not to make any promises.
Suiciderock: Your futurplans?
Wille: To tell you the
truth: we don’t have much plans now just this two shows. When we returned from the last tour we
didn’t have a rehearsal room so everything was very quiet around us. Now we got
a rehearsal room some weeks ago. So now we can start the engeens and do our
songs. We have to find a new record label, we just finnished with our German
record label and so we are much pretty free for what we want to do. Things are
really open so it’s gonna be exciting to find out what’s gonna happen. At this
point I really don`t know.
Suiciderock: Ok, that’s it. Thank you
very much guys.
Wille & Jani: Thank you.