"Playing Rock`n Roll music has to be some kind of therapy"
Suiciderock: Its been a little quiet around the band lately. Your last album “Stilettos” came out in 2007. What have you been up to since than?
Special K: I think we had to load our batteries. Since the last album we have been playing a lot, we did some Tours here in Finland, in Germany and also in Austria. After that we felt like we need some kind of break from it all. We took about two years time to prepare for the latest album.
Salvador: The first demos for “Sherwood Gays” where done back in 2007 already. So as you can see it has been a long working period when it comes to our newest record. Actually we never started to really make this album.
Special K: That’s true, it just started to grow.
Suiciderock: How many demos did you have at the end for the record?
Special K: No, no we had only one demo, or maybe a few more…
Suiciderock: Since last Wednesday your meanwhile sixth studio album called “Sherwood Gays” is out. What can you tell us about it?
Salvador: The funny thing about it is also that we never went to a real studio at all. The album has been recorded here and there. It wasn’t recorded as a whole in a certain period of time, the recordings happened in pieces.
Special K: The vocal parts for example where recorded in a Motel in a place called Kuusankoski here in Finland. We spent some days there and we had to record our vocal parts at the hotel room. Salvador did the recordings and I was singing. So it was just the two of us there. It was a very private situation. We had to sleep side by side. It was fun, when I woke up in the morning I had a microphone straight next to me and we started all over again.
Salvador: It was a very hot summer when that happened. I think it was in July. So we had to keep the window open. From our hotel room window you had a nice view on the Kuusankoski river as well as the park where people were walking and all that kind of stuff. It was nice when Hiili was singing things like “crazy mother f***cker” and you could see grandmothers waling outside at the same time.
Special K: You have to know that I was born in Kuusankoski. But I have never lived there. When we enjoyed our breakfast the next morning at the hotel I suddenly saw the hospital where I was born in. It felt very special. We decided to do the next album there as well.
Suiciderock: One might think it would be obvious to go to your own studio in Hämeenlinna to record your record…
Special K: Yes, that would have been an option of course, but we have been recording our previous albums in so many different kind of studios so we felt the need to have a change for this time. It felt so fresh and great to record the album that way. We took that hotel and than we just drove there by car. Maybe you can compare it to a taxi driver job. It wouldn’t be his first choice to drive taxi on his first vacation day either.
Suiciderock: What about the song writing. Reinaldo told us in our last interview, which happened ages ago that you don’t have one particular member writing the songs. Everybody comes up with something. How was it this time?
Salvador: I did most of the songs this time. We have two songs from Hiili on the record and Reinaldo did something as well.
Suiciderock: You can clearly say that you are a unique act. You developed “Trash Rock” by combining the aggressive punk style, rockabilly and garage sound. Where does someone take the idea and inspiration for that from? I know it’s one of this basic questions but in that case it is really interesting…
Special K: No, no it is actually good that you are asking because it’s the first time ever we have an answer for this. Reinaldo and I lived in a place called Kerava here in Finland. Back than there was a teddy boy culture rising. They were against our punky style and we had to make some kind of revenge for that. It was our musical revenge.
Suiciderock: Did you receive some feedback from there already? Some kind of answer to your revenge?
Special K: Not yet, but we have that plan to visit their mayor. Maybe we give him the new record as a special present or something like that. Let’s think about this idea.
Suiciderock: You could read all over the internet that this gig is your release party for the album here at the Semifinal today. Apart from the fact that your life shows are always something special, will there be some surprise tonight?
Special K: I don’t know who said that this is going to be our release party today. It’s not true. It is just a normal show. I really don’t know who made that up. But hey, our shows are always special in a way.
Suiciderock: You have already played one show in Oulu with the new songs. How did that go?
Special K: We played there one week ago.
Salvador: The club was pretty nice and the people who life in Oulu are very special in my opinion. They have a different kind of attitude. They are very easy going, they don’t worry too much. I like that style a lot. You could find that kind of spirit in the gig again.
Special K: We didn’t expect that much since we haven’t been playing in Oulu for a while but a lot of people showed up there. It was a very nice evening for us.
Salvador: Plus this was the second gig where I played the bass for the band!
Suiciderock: Right, you used to play drums… What happened?
Special K: Things started to roll too well so we had to change the roles within the band a bit. The keyboard player went to play the drums, Salvador changed from drums to the bass. But we don’t have a keyboard player anymore these days. It’s only the five of us left. But as we play in smaller venues it is better. It’s easier to play as a smaller line up. The sound is also more breathing.
Suiciderock: It’s good to have so many talents in the band that you can change within it’s own members. Did you ever consider to hire a new guy or was that completely out of question?
Special K: Recycling is trendy these days you know… So why shouldn’t we do it as well.
Salvador: Of course, we would have had the chance to hire someone else but I felt that it is best that I do the bass job in the future. We didn’t want someone new from outside anymore.
Special K: We where thinking about checking different guys for the bass but in the end we didn’t want someone else to play in the band.
Suiciderock: It is very hard to find someone who fits in a band with such a long history.
Special K: The chemistry is the main issue. It has to be right otherwise you can forget it from the very beginning. We have been together as a band since a very long time as you already said so it is quite hard to jump into that and to find your own place within the group.
Suiciderock: You will play one show here in Helsinki next month. Are you planning a whole tour or maybe some summer festivals?
Special K: I think we should visit Germany again. Our album just came out, we play a couple of gigs here and we have to set up the “new – old Line –Up”. But I think we should definitely call our promoter over there and ask him to set up something.
Suiciderock: Can you still recall the formation of the band and how it developed it’s very own style?
Special K: In the early years of the band we started to make music which we actually don’t like that much. We also choose those instruments which we haven’t been that familiar with. It started like this and the band started to grow along with that idea. It came out that we were going into the rockabilly / punk direction. That felt quite natural for us. We still have the same sound in our songs. It still sounds like The Skreppers from back then. Most of the songs for today’s gig for example will be from the first and the latest record. The old songs are so old already, so they feel like new ones again. We even had to rehearse those songs again. I mean they are from the 90`s…
Suiciderock: In an former interview Reinaldo said that this band is just some kind of a “therapy band” for it’s members. Is that still so?
Special K: I think every band is like a therapy for it’s members in some way. At least it is in the Rockscene. Playing Rock`n Roll music has to be some kind of therapy.
Suiciderock: What awaits people from tonight’s show?
Salvador: Well, I have to disappoint you, we are not going to play without T-Shirts tonight. We have a special surprise for tonight though. We have a Burlesque dancer on stage with us. Her name is Betty Blackheart.
Special K: As I said, we are playing lots of elder songs and I think we are in good shape because we had one rehearsal.
Suiciderock: Future plans for the rest of this year?
Special K: We are planning to make a lot of rehearsals, after that we will play the Turbojungendparty at the On The Rocks in June. Let’s see what happens to that Germany visit and than we will start working on our next album. We have some ideas already so let’s see what happens to that.
Suiciderock: It won’t take another fife years?
Special K: I don’t think so.
Salvador: We were already talking about making some theme songs for the next album. Maybe it will be some kind of Mexican Style, “Los Skreppers” or something. Let’s see.