I love Finland! Always have, always will. Even as a little kid Finland
made a deep impression on me. My memory is failing with age, but still I
do remember how my family and I took the ferry over to Vaasa for the
very first time in the 80s. And there have been many trips to our
neighbors across the sea over the years. On holiday(s) with my family
and touring with various bands.
I only have great memories from
my trips and tours in Finland. Like this time when I met a couple
outside Vastavirta-klubi who claimed that they knew a guy who had killed
a bear with only his two hands. Or like when it was so cold that the
heating system in the car gave up and we had to scrape ice on the car
windows from the inside. We sat in our sleeping bags on newspaper and
cartons not to freeze to death.
Or like this time when I was called a
teetotaler an early morning after a long after party, even though I
drank non-stop for one day, only because I had to go to not miss a
train. Or this crazy night in Oulu when the audience pogo danced only in
their towels, even naked, because they had a sauna between bands. Haha.
had three songs and suggestions to choose from; "Riistetyt - Mieletöntä
väkivaltaa", "Tampere SS - Mitä..." and "Kaaos - Natsit ja
kommunistit". All are fucking brutal songs, but in the end Kaaos is what
I associate most with Finnish punk and the band that meant the most to
me among the others mentioned above. Besides the aggressive language,
it's something special about that primitive, yet raw sound. For all
classic Finnish bands. Its chaotic, intense and totally out of control.
They manage to capture that youthful anger and fuck-off-attitude in the
best possible way. If I may say so myself, I think Henrik makes one of
his strongest vocal efforts ever despite it being the first time he
speaks and sings in Finnish.
Another record that I also have to
mention is "Mellakka - Ei..." which even today inspires me as much as
when I bought it years ago. And of course, last but not least we have
Terveet Kädet which I learned to appreciate more the older I get.
Although I mainly influenced by records from the 80s, I must say that
there are endless great active bands as well.
I was asked once,
what I like best about Finland. My answer was short and came immediately
with a question in return; "What isn't there to like?". With some more
consideration I would say that the key, and what I like best, is the
language, the Finnish vocabulary. But also the cold and hard social
climate, which I believe is one of the cornerstones and reason to their
strong history of great hardcore raw punk noise bands/records. The
combination of their own native language, a bitter reality and a passion
for hardcore punk are the best ingredients for a really good Finnish
song. I don't only enjoy punk, but also mournful tango music sung in
finnish and movies produced in Finland. Want to know more? Start with
'Olavi Virta' and 'Aki Kaurismäki'.
In the summer of 2014 we came
in contact with a guy from Finland named Ville. He saw us play at
K-town and wanted to do an interview with us for
Pikakelauksellamaailmanloppuun-zine. Ever since we've been talking and
joked about a possible 'Suomi Saatana' tour with Paranoid. We met him
again when we played at Hässäkkä-Päivät earlier this year, a few weeks
later we he mailed us "I would like to make that mini-tour for you
seriously. Lets do it!".
Therefore it feels extra fun that the 'cover
of the month' for September is a Finnish song given that we just got it
confirmed that we will tour in Finland by the end of this year. See tour schedule below. Melu ei musiikki!!!
From left to right:
* Destroy Future Less System- 12", European press (100x oxblood, 400x black) = 100sek
* Unholy...T-shirts available in S, M, L = 100sek
* Satyagraha- Cassette, released by Lockyard = 40sek
The LP version of 'Satyagraha' will be out in September. Place all your orders on the stuff above at: email@example.com
The shop/label will be closed until first week of August. Let's call it vacation. I need it, I deserve it. But as always feel free to mail orders/questions but be prepared that it might take a while to get a response. All orders that arepaidfor up to this day will be sentbefore I leave, the rest will have to wait until I'm back. Vi ses på motorvägarna och på en sandstrand nära dig, upp sommar-punken!
Taken from the upcoming album, whichis delayed and expected in September. Like any otherpunk vinyl releases throughout the worldright now. Arrghh! The result and the beautyof Record fucking Store Day and the "new" vinyl hype amongallgenres. Andonce again, the major labelshave found a wayto earn yet a few dollarsmore as the kids buy 'Back on black' 180g vinyl. They rip their vinyls into low resolution mp3's and listen to theirnewly bought Iphone andcall themselves "trve vinyl freak" on instagram. WTF!? I'm not bitter, Ijust think thatthe world iscorrupt andlopsided.
Anyway, wefiguredoffer something extrato celebratethat weare hitting the roadsagain. See you all in Norrland and Oulu, Finland this weekend. Blow your speakers!
Summer knocking on the door and most of you have already started your holiday. Well, time to change the warm, happy and positive feeling with cover nr #7. This is probably the most unexpected one yet so far. Obviously though, Paranoid is named after the Black Sabbath's second album, so the connection to doom metal might not really be that remote, but still this mix of one of the fastest and one of the slowest genres might have not been exactly what some had foreseen from us. We once discussed doing a live cover version of the title track of Paranoid, but that idea was abandoned quite fast, because the song generally felt a bit watered down and there is no one in the world that can beat the original. No one! But also too much of a predictable and boring choice.
Still, the thought of doing a cover of an up tempo doom-tune lived on, and once the title track from Pentagram's second album came to mind, it felt right immediately, and in the countless suggestions of which songs to choose for this project, it stood out as an idea interesting enough to make it all the way to the studio. The way that the riffs in this song are arranged, it's almost like it originally was meant to be a raw punk song. When played in d-beat, it could just as well have been written by any hardcore-worshipping band from the early 80's and up to date.
The final result turned out very satisfying, and of the covers we've recorded, it's definitely the most unique interpretation of our covers we've made, compared to the original version. It also feels great to pay homage to this fantastic band, that along with bands like Saint Vitus, Trouble and Pagan Altar have delivered some of the finest works in the history of this genre. For the guitar-solo, August Låsgårdh (Henrik's twin brother) from the local doom-band King Malice gave us some help, when we couldn't really get it right ourselves. As the super untalented musicians we are. Hehe. Noise not music!
For all trve crust-punks out there who only heard about Discharge before but got a taste for some more doom, we can warmly recommend you to broaden your horizons with Pentagram'S/t' (Relentless), Saint Vitus'S/t', Trouble'The Skull' and Pagan Altar'Volume 1'. All classics.