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english   Interview with Larry and Jonne   german
Lapua 07.08.2009



B: Hei! How are you?

J: Fine.
L: How are you?
B: Tired…
J: Ok…you came all the way from Tampere?
B: Yes.
J: How long it took?
B: Around two hours…it is not that far.
J: Ok.
B: So let’s start… Is there a special reason why you cut your hair that short?
It’s a stupid question but some fans wanted to know.
J: (laughing) They were in a bad condition, and I felt so…
it’s not about…you know…

B: Just a mood
J: Yes just a mood.
B: How was your trip to LA?
J: It was nice. Next time we gonna be there with the whole band.
B: Ok, so you fixed the date for recording now?
J: Yeah. I think it is gonna be nice and interesting something new for us.
The whole thing, people, the place, and everyone around the band…
B: Do you think you have some time to explore LA?
J: Yeah we will spend there many weeks…
L: We was just talking about renting a car, some American…
J: Yeah without roof.
L: (laughing)
J: American Dream. (laughing)
B: Yeah!
J: It’s nice…
L: Driving…at the hills…you know…straight down…
J: I feel a bit shamed cause I don’t have a driving licence.
But he has one and Antti and Jay have one…so…
B: Have you ever tried to get one?
J: No…no
B: I heard it should be difficult.
J: Actually one friend of mine, he offered to give me some lessons,
So it will be more easier to me.
B: That’s good.
J: But now I am writing…we are working with the songs…
B: Do you have a working title for the album?
J: Ähhh …
L: Yeah…(laughing)
B: But you don’t wanna tell it?
J: No, it is secret.
B: What can the fans expect? Will there be a main theme for the album or will it be more like a story that continues from the start to the end?
J: (sigh) I don’t know yet. It is difficult to say…but I think…we don’t wanna…I think there will be some changes of course when there is a new producer and new people around, but in the end we have released so far four albums…we have pretty strong roots for the band…so we know what we want…what we are heading to, so it is all about taking all good things around you…
B: But will it be more rock or more soft songs?
J: There will be…I think…if you like the band you won’t…ähhh be unsatisfied with the final…but I think it is too early. All I can say about the songs…there are rock songs, there are more melodic songs…and more everything…I mean we are better players like we were for example a few years ago or ten years ago…I think you can hear the skills of the band.
L:  Mh…musically it is like a…I don’t know it is kind of light Innocent in a way…
J: Yeah!
L: The songs just came to us and we…we…
J: We didn’t have to force ourselves…
L: Yeah…
B: So you worked on the songs together?
J: Yeah this time…and even more we did work the whole preproduction…or how you call it…you know…we did it with Larry and Snack…
L: Yeah we started from the empty table…basically
J: Yeah…that was how it came…and I don’t know it is just we are in a position that, I think it is time to turn the page and we gonna hat ourselves to the studios…than we gonna be wiser about what it’s gonna be like…
it is like talking about your baby…

B: Yeah.
L: (Laughing)
J: That is still in your…testical…
L: (Laughing)
J: You know what I mean? You are still in the middle of the progress…
B: You never know what is gonna be at the end…
J: Yeah…yeah…you are about to start something but…
B: But I hope you won’t have this pain…(laughing)
L: (laughing)


J: Now we already know…who is gonna be there on the other side…we know the producer…we know mixer…we know everything…that’s why it took so long…our first main idea was that we gonna be already spend the summer time in the studio so there was a bit little delay with everything…it’s a bigger label…things happens more fast like they used about…
but now we have the whole plan for the upcoming album.

It’s gonna be out in spring 2010!
B: That is a little bit longer than the fans thought it would be…
J: Yeah I mean not spring…maybe…
B: A little bit earlier?
J: Yeah…
L: Maybe March or something…
B: What about a tour?
J: I don’t know…when we gonna start it…first plan was like we gonna be in Japan in October, this was supposed to be the first shows with the new album…but now we are late so…
B: Maybe some gigs in Finland in the end of the year?
J: I promised that was the first scenario…you know…we will see…but…of course we gonna make…I think the whole success of the album and everything will show how wide we are able to tour as a band…let’s see…
hopefully as many as possible will find our band…

B: Ok…a lot of fans were afraid that you will go to America now and that you stay there and that you never will come back to Germany…like Ville Valo did…
J: Yeah I know…I think it’s a …we wanna…it doesn’t matter…we just wanted to try something new…we got this opportunity to make it over there and you know…let’s see of course this album will be out in America as well…
B: But this is good…
J: Yeah it’s good but…I think…they shouldn’t be worried about…anything.
B: No…
J: You know…we gonna be around always…
I mean as long as we are able to make music as a band…

B: I was surprised because we had this small talk with one of the guys from Loaded (the new band of bassist Duff from Guns N’ Roses) in Cologne after a gig…and he told us that HIM isn’t that well know in America only in some parts…I thought they would be more successful over there…
J: They got gold with Dark light…but I don’t know about the latest one…
it was more like progressive…

L: Yeah Doom Metal… I don’t even know are they big or not…
B: Not really…
J: I mean in the states if you are really big you are selling
like millions and millions…and they sold like…

I don’t know but gold limit is 500.000…
I mean they are the biggest from Finland…of course…

B: Yes for sure…but you gonna beat it know!
L: Of course! (laughing)
J: That’s the main target…(laughing)
L: We gonna beat the Rolling Stones…
J: It is not about how… who is gonna sell…I think…
hopefully we will b around for a long time.

B: Yes… How many weeks did you have planned for the recording?
J: We have some kind of limit for it…but I don’t know yet…
I think it will take longer…

L: It is always changing…you can’t really say how long it takes…with the vocals or guitars…it could be one day or three days…
B: Yes and it deoends on the mood of the band…
J: Hm…yeah and how fast Jay is gonna be with the drums…you know…if he likes to stay in LA he is gonna do only one song per week or per month…don’t know yet…at least one month we gonna be there…
B: Ok, that s maybe enough time…you never know…
J: No you never know…I think it will take a bit longer in the end…
L: Yeah
J: Like I always said…I promised something like you know…it’s gonna be out a new single…and bla bla bla it is always getting further…
B: Yes I know…and sometimes it takes much more time than you think because you have to record a song again and again…
J: Mh…hopefully we are able to stay around as long as…( a very long break) we are alive…with the band…because it’s like…you know when there’s gonna be some…when we gonna start family…some day…I am talking about in ten years…in twenty years…in few…you never know…
B: Yeah…and it is hard to have a family with this job…
J: Yeah…yeah it is. But we don’t have that responsibility yet. Thank God…we are able to put all and give all our energies…
B: But it depends, I know lots of musicians who have children and they are touring with their families…like Angelo Kelly…he has three small children and he was touring around 150 gigs last year…or Marie from Roxette…she has children too…so it is possible to have both…
J: Yeah it is possible of course…
L: Yeah it’s about the quality of the time not how much…
J: Mh yeah…but I meant it like I feel like I don’t wanna stop now…
we don’t wanna stop…

B: But you can take your children with you on tour…
J: We can’t stop now as a band…you know…about working…and with working…and with touring and…I think it is more now
like we gonna push it even a little bit harder than ever before.

L: Yeah…
J: And I think the future feels…I have this vibes and it is gonna be really interesting…
B: But let’s come back to the tour…do you thing you going to tour Europe again?
L: Of course…
B: Are there countries where you wanted to go where you haven’t been yet?
J: Yes…lots of
B: Ok…which one?
J: How many countries are there in the world…one festival in the moon…
L: UK would be interesting…
J: Yeah UK
B: Yeah…London…you haven’t been to London at your last Tour!
So many fans asked if you go there next time…
L: Yeah…London would be great…
B: And is there a possibility that Flinch is going on tour with you in Germany?
J: I haven’t heard anything…
B: Ok because some fans liked it very much when you had this gig in Berlin…so they asked if it would be possible to take Flinch as support for Germany.
J: I don’t even know are we gonna make a headline tour in spring…let’s see I think there are lots of possibilities…everything is open still…
the whole case…we wanna keep it open…

L: We are concentrating on the songs right now…
J: Yeah… but it’s like I would love to…I mean we would love to make a bigger tour…we had some discussions about that with the band…that we want to make a bigger tour…probably we gonna be support act…we just need to find the right band…but like Larry said…now we are concentrating on the songs…
L: Tour would be great if it would be…
J: Bigger places…
L: You know…the limit is like…to tour the whole world…
that would be…like a dream

B: Yes sure…
J: Mh…but we don’t know how we gonna start in Europe with the next album …
I think…there is a possibility that we gonna make a headline tour with some kind of band first and than something else…but there is also as well this second option that we gonna make it upside down…you know…
and we do something special and than…

B: Just wait and see…
J: Yeah…let’s see what its gonna be…
B: You never know what tomorrow brings…
J: Yeah…Thank God…I don’t know if I am gonna die
or anything is gonna happen...



B: So…did you hear about the death of Michael Jackson?

J: Mh…yeah…
B: What did you think when you heard it?
J: I was really sad…
L: Me too…
J: Actually I shed a tear…
L: Me too…
B: It was so unbelievable because it happened so unexpected and…
J: Yeah…
B: I think this world has lost one of its best musicians…
J: Definitely I agree…
L: I have always been a big fan of Michael Jackson. I remember when I was a little boy we had this neighbour he was always showing Michael Jackson videos to us when we were kids. It was so wonderful…great music.
J: And we were just listening Michael while we were driving here…
B: Really?
J+L: Yeah!
B: What Song?
L: We had the Dangerous album…
J: Yeah…
B: Is there a song that you like most from this album?
L: Mhhhh…Who is it…is good…Ahh Give in to me…
J: There are a lot of great songs…but my favourite one is definitely Billie Jean…and Earth Song…
B: That is one of my favourites too…maybe you should cover it…
J:  Actually we had this idea…two years ago…
L: Yeah…for the earth song…
J: Yeah during Anorectic…or Sweet and deceitful…
during the second album probably.

L: Now it would be too obvious…
J: (laughing) Yeah…
L: To make it.
J: Yeah…everybody is doing that…
L: Yeah!
J: But I…mhhh why shouldn’t…cause you know I think it is great
when people are making honour to Michael. He was in a way misunderstood…

B: He really had a hard life.
L: Mhhh…
J: He had a very hard…probably childhood.
B: Yes…never had the chance to be in private.
J: (visibly touched) I give all my sympathy for his soul.
L: Me too!
 
B: Ok…back to the interview…does Antti has a new Tattoo? I saw this Uniklubi Cover and there he has something on the side that I have never seen before.
J: I don’t even know because he has so many of them…I think it was some part on the tour I didn’t even know…about his tattoos and how many…
L: (laughing) Yes…me neither…
B: (laughing)
J: Just when he took a shower or he is putting is shirt off…
B: So you are more wondering if there is no new tattoo.
L: Yeah…(laughing)
J: He is like a walking piece of art.
B: But you like art?
J: Yeah I love art…but I don’t even know…
I can’t follow him…he is so fast with it…

B: So maybe it would be nice to have someone in the band who could do tattoos…
L: It would be also very dangerous because you now drinking some booze…and than making the tattoo…painting…
J: (laughing) Yeah…like on…Jackass…Tv Studio
L: Yeah…there was this…
J: Yes Tattoo man…they were like driving…they were in a car while it was moving and…(Makes a sound like a tattoo machine) (laughing)
L: Yeah doing a Smiley Face.
J: Yeah…
L: Horrible…
B: So here is the last question…If you have to choose one of your own songs for your wedding or funeral…which one would you choose? And why?
L: What wedding or funeral?
B: Yes! From you own songs!
J: From Negative. I’m still thinking about…actually if the arrangement change…you know of some song…it would be…”About my sorrow”. That would be beautiful. I think it is too cheesy…I can’t take it…even though I love cheese…
L: I would choose for the funeral…”One last shot” (everyone laughing)
J: And for funeral I would take “Show must go on”
B: But it is not your own song! ;)
J: No it is not…
B: Unfortunately!
J: But it is a song I would love to be played…
B: We should take some photos for the interview.
L: Yeah…let’s take some pictures there…in front of these arts!

(we stood up to take some pictures meanwhile Jonne was still sinning about a Negative song he would like to be played at his funeral)

J: Something…hey…for the funeral…something from the next album!
B: Ok…so you have to answer this question again in the next interview…
J: Or “Gravitiy of Love” something like that. I don’t wanna think about that…
B: Me neither! I want to enjoy every day and hold on to the good things in my life without thinking about that it could be over soon!


I wanna thank Larry and Jonne for taking the time for this interview

and hope that they will have a great time in LA! Looking forward to see you soon!
 

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