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Realized at: 03rd, March 2015
(Answers by Aki - Vocals & Jaakko - Guitars)
 
 

"I think our songs are somewhat shorter and faster than what would be considered as the norm in this type of music. That's probably due to the fact that all of us predominantly listen to faster music than we play."

1. If you look back at the band from the time you started to where you are at now how would you like to describe that journey? 

Aki/vocals: A shaky start, line-up changes with no bigger drama and finally finding some kind of a focus in song-writing. So far the journey has been fun?! 

2. How do you find your sound? What influences have been the most important to you guys? 

A: When we first started we had Dead In The Water in mind and we played a 16 song in the first practice. But as far as having a certain band(s) in mind when you start playing, it's better to totally fail at emulating their sound, than to copy it completely. A lot of influences for all the members but I don't think we sound like any particular band. And finally the sound is made up of riffs that we haven't shot down at practice.

Jaakko/guitar: I just tuned my guitar lower and went from there. I have rough idea of what bands I view as influences but I try to avoid listening to them while writing because it usually leads to shameless riff stealing.

3. Does it become easier with time to write songs or is it a much more difficult process in that you don´t want to repeat what you've already done? 

A: At least writing lyrics doesn't seem to get easier.
J: Avoiding repetition is not that difficult, avoiding writing shitty songs is. In that sense, I think the writing process has gotten more difficult as the bar for what passes as acceptable material has been raised amongst the band. At least that's what I hope.

4. If you were forced to place your band on a scale of other bands in this genre, where would you end up?

J: I'm assuming you're talking about stylistical comparisons? As much as I hate the word, I think we lean more to the "melodic" side of the genre. On average, I think our songs are somewhat shorter and faster than what would be considered as the norm in this type of music. That's probably due to the fact that all of us predominantly listen to faster music than we play.

5. Would you say that there is a specific concept that you follow or can anything go as long as it is in the realm of the philosophy of the band? 

A: Anything goes basically. As long as it's slow and heavy, which is - I think - the most important guideline to our music. 

6. I remember a time when you just had to release an album and people would be interested. How do you best promote a band today in order to get people to listen to you and not chose another band? 

A: We don't really promote - besides simply having a FB page and a bandcamp -address - and it's a wonder that even you found us.
J: I think it comes down to having a person in the band who is willing to spend time into promoting the band and doing it consistently. Personally I think that a person who enjoys that aspect of being in a band is not right in the head.

7. Had it not been for Facebook I had not heard of you. How important are the social media in helping spread a band’s name? 

A: Very important. That's how we reach the 7 people (besides our friends) that like us when we have gigs.
J: It's not only important, it's crucial. If a smaller band doesn't have some kind of social media outlet, they might as well not exist. As an avid non-user of social media, I find this annoying in many ways but I guess it's a reflection of the culture we live in. On the other hand, it's pretty nice to have your music readily available for anyone with an internet connection.

8. Do you have any explanation as to why there are so many bands in Finland? Is life so boring in Finland that you have to start a band to have something to do? 

A: I think, to some extent, life must be boring everywhere. 

J: This is actually not even a statistical illusion. There are more metal bands in Finland per capita than anywhere else in the world. Go figure. Must be because Nightwish is so popular. Yeah, that's it. 

9. Let´s talk about your debut album "Wound". Could you tell me something about the process of making these beautiful songs? What kind of composing is more congenial and inspirative for you?

A: Jaakko (guitar) and Lari (guitar) bring riffs to practice and together we build the songs from there. No tricks. Sometimes some jamming.

J: A lot of revision. We don't like to write a lot of excess material from which we then choose the best bits so usually we just hone a couple of existing riffs / songs until were either sick or happy with them.

10. How has been the response the band gain so far? If possible share with us some positive and negative feedback towards this album 2014? 

A: It's mostly been positive. It doesn't really show in record sales... I don't think there have been any actual reviews for the album. You should do one! 

J: Some people have critized the lenght of the album but that was a consicious choice. Although this is slow music, there's no need to drag things out much beyond the thirty minute mark. Or maybe we didn't have any more songs at the time the album was recorded.

11. How do you perceive the advances of technology and the internet changing the music industry in the future? Will the CD as a product become a fanatic’s item like the LP is nowadays? 

A: Fanatics will stick with vinyl, the underground will stick to it's guns and fuck the industry.
J: Down the road, everything will go digital and the CD will fade away. Whether or not this is a bad thing is hard to say. There's so much shitty music in the world today, that it's probably better that no plastic is being wasted on spreading it. As long as there's vinyl, I'm happy.

12. Maybe you would now at the end reveal some details about the future plans for WOUND and your personal goals.

A: Hopefully recording at some point. 

J: It would be nice to play somewhere outside our hometown for a change, but I fear that is a distant dream.

13. That’s all from me. I wish you all the best and I thank you warmly for the chance to speak with you. Any last words to the fucking maniacs out there? 

A: Stay a maniac? 

J: But not too crazy! Drink plenty of water and get enough sleep. Or don't.

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