UNIKLUBI
Tampere / Klubi 2007


(Photo by Ville Akseli Juurikalla)

"Bullet Rain"

Suiciderock: Our last interview was back at Kuopio Rock 2006. Can you give us a little summary of what happened with your band in the meantime?
Janne:
We made a record and it will be released on 22nd August 2007. That's about it! *smiles* Of course, we toured for a while.

Suiciderock: Can you tell us something about the recordings for „Luotisade"?
Jussi:
It was easier for us comparing to the last album, „Kehä", which we have released in 2005. This time we had more time to work on the songs.
Janne:
Yeah, we could rehearse the songs for a while. Everything was pretty easy for us as Jussi mentioned already. It's more kind of a band record as everyone brought in something. The last album was done in a couple of sessions, but this time we had only one longterm session.

Suiciderock: Who produced it?
Janne:
Jari Latomaa produced it.
Jussi:
He has also produced our last album already.

Suiciderock: In which studio did you record?
Jussi:
It was in Hollola at the Petrax Studios. There we recorded the drums and the bass parts and the guitar parts have been recorded at the Deerhouse Studios in Tampere.

Suiciderock: If you translate the title of the album into English it means „Bullet Rain". Who had the idea for this and does it have a special meaning for you?
Jussi:
There is this one song, called „Luotisade" on the album, which means „bullet rain" if you translate it. That's why the album is also called „Luotisade".
Janne:
I think it reflexes the darkness of the album.

Suiciderock: What is the main difference between the current album „Luotisade" and the last record „Kehä"?
Janne:
The songs are pretty much darker than on „Kehä". They are also pretty much heavier. They still sound like familiar Uniklubi songs, but we have kind of a new style in them.

Suiciderock: Is there a special reason why the lyrics have become darker?
Jussi:
It simply happened. The songs are very different. „Luotisade" sounds like pop and „Se Ei Lähde Pois" sounds totally different.
Janne:
Yeah there is a big difference between the songs.

Suiciderock: If you had to describe each song in brief, how would you do that?
Jussi:
„Kiveen" (translation: In to the stone).
Janne:
It is a song with a strong riff that hits you right in the face. It's a real party song.
Jussi:
„Älä Jää" (translation: Don't stay).
Janne:
It's more like Swedish metal.
Jussi:
„Vnus" (translation: Venus).
Janne:
It's a straight party song.
Jussi:
„Myrkky" (translation: Poison) sounds like our first album. I think it's the most pop song.
Janne:
It's one of my favourite songs. It has this Bon Jovi Chorus in it. I like it. As Jussi said it sounds more like our first album.
Jussi:
Than we have „Luotisade". It's a beautiful song. Even if it sounds soft, the lyrics are quite heavy. And it`s one of my favourites. „Vapauta Meidät" (translation: Free us) is next.
Janne:
We have this string arrangements on it. It's a heavy song and a slow tempo song.
Jussi:
The lyrics are very heavy and dark.
Janne:
„Paha Sisällä" (translation: Evil inside).
Jussi:
It's exactly the same. *laughs*
Janne:
Yeah the songs are pretty much similar to each other. They are both kind of slow tempo songs. The songs has this „Alice in Chains"-feeling. It`s a good song.
Jussi:
„Varjoon Juuttunut" (translation: Stuck in the shadow) is the first song, which Janne completely composed.
Janne:
Yeah, Jussi wrote the lyrics for the song, but for me it was the first song, which I completely worked out for Uniklubi. It's a very easy song. It's like a straight rock song.
Jussi:
And it's one of my favourite songs also.
Janne:
He just says that. *laughs* „Aika Muustaa Muistot" (translation: Time blackens the memories) comes next in line.
Jussi:
It's a very simple and nice song. It's about men and guitars. I like it very much.
Janne:
It's a beautiful song with dark lyrics once again.
Jussi:
„Se Ei Lähde Pois" (translation: It won't go away). It`s heavier than the other songs.
Janne:
Yeah, I think it's the heaviest song on the album.
Jussi:
It's nice to play on the stage. Track number 10 „Varjot" (translation: Shadows).
Janne:
It is similar to our old song „Huomenna". It has the same kind of feeling. It's a little bit heavier.

Suiciderock: „Vnus" was also your first single release of the album. Why did you choose this song?
Jussi:
We can't really choose. The record company did that for us.
Janne:
You know you can have your opinion about it, but they don`t listen to it.
Jussi:
But I think it's good that they choose, because you hear your own music different than for example the record company does.
Janne:
I think it was a good choice because it's a party song. And now we have summer time and so it fits perfectly.

Suiciderock: In the clip for „Vnus" (translation: Venus) you performed in water. Was that your idea or once again the recordcompanies choice?
Janne:
No, this time it was the directors idea. *smiles*

Suiciderock: What was it like for you to perform in this water? Was it cold or warm water?
Janne:
Oh it was fun, I really liked it. I mean it was fun afterwards. But the first step into the water was pretty hard. The water was so dirty.
Jussi:
The water was warm but there was this strange kind of animal swimming in it.

Suiciderock: You played some festivals here in Finland were you played two of your new songs. How did the audience react while hearing them?
Janne:
I think and I hope that they liked them. At least they looked like that. They were dancing... *smiles* I also read in the forum that they enjoyed the songs. I hope they didn't lie.

Suiciderock: Your future plans for the band?
Janne:
I`m waiting to get the record out. I live day for day. You never know what's gonna happen. You could get kicked out of the band tomorrow, because you never know what Jussi is gonna do. He could tell you the next morning that you have to go.
Jussi:
We start to play some gigs next month. Let's see what happens.


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