at: 03rd, March 2015
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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
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
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
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.
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
A: I think, to some extent, life must be
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
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?
Jaakko (guitar) and Lari (guitar) bring
riffs to practice and together we build
the songs from there. No tricks. Sometimes
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
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.
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
A: Stay a maniac?
J: But not too crazy! Drink plenty of
water and get enough sleep. Or don't.