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!!!