perjantai 13. kesäkuuta 2014

The boys of summer



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G’Day everyone! The summer has been sooooo fine this far and right now I’m actually sitting outside and writing this. So if there are some typos, I hope you don’t mind! You know, I can’t actually see the screen because of the surrounding brightness, LOL. Well for a start, I’m so happy to say this.. We’re putting out an EP called “More Than Meets The Eye” during this month and later in 2014 we’ll release a full album named “High-Class Addiction”. That means that during this year we have over 15 new songs to play.

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That actually leads to another subject. Over the years we’ve been playing a pile of gigs but seriously I’m not too satisfied the level we’ve been actually playing. Obviously we are getting better and better each time but if we want to rise to another level, we have to be EXPLOSIVE on stages. That means we’re spending the whole summer at our training house. I also just promised that I’ll never drink ANYTHING before our shows. I mean every party-orientated rock band has probably been in a situation where somebody from the band screws up a show because of alcohol. We’ve been recognized as a pretty reckless band – I’ve screwed up and probably everyone from our band as well but that’ll never happen again! And that’s a promise – period! You’re gonna see version 2.0 of Groupie High School from now on… 

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So yesterday we started the looong period of HARD TRAINING. We played the whole set list for a couple of times and after that I picked Miia up for dates. It ended up being one of the most romantic nights ever – we brought a “Miia & Vinny” love lock to the rail of a bridge here in Oulu and threw the key to a river. That means we’re going to be together forever, right?! After that we went to Cumulus Restaurant. Just chilling and chatting with her always make my worries fade away – and that’s how it supposed to be! Later we picked my new Bruce Montgomery handmade surfboard up from a post office. We’ve planned some new patterns for the board. And we’ll paint that together when we have enough time.. 

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I can’t always understand the critics. We were in the Aerosmith show at Hartwall Arena and the whole event was SUPER AWESOME from the beginning till the very end. Rival Sons - the opener - was also great! So the Finnish critics were whining something about Tyler’s performance and his voice but guess what? The fuckin guy is almost 70 years old and he ran all over the whole show so is it so hard to understand that he didn’t sing any high notes correctly. And most of all – WHO THE FUCK CARES!? The whole arena was standing during the concert. The only thing that was a bit of a disappointment was a fact that they didn’t play “Dude Looks Like A Lady” which happens to be my favorite song from Aerosmith. 

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After the show we took a train to the centrum and walked straight away to Bar Bäkkäri and partied the all night long with the house band. They were of course playing Aerosmith. When we got back to Vallila, the girls were already sleeping so we tried to stay quiet with Miia but in the morning the girls told us that we were actually crunching the potato chips so loudly that they hadn’t been sleeping at all. 

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Actually the next night was almost identic with this one I just told about. First we went to birthday parties at the Old Student House and drank gallons of sparkling wine but after that we found ourselves again from Bäkkäri. Miss Rock Finland 2014 competition had just ended and Santa Cruz boys were just ending their acoustic set. Drop The Pilot played also some of their songs. Again – an awesome night!!

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No it’s my turn to whine a bit about the public transportation in Helsinki! The day after that we were heading to the airport for a flight back to Oulu. First of all, we had paid all the busses, metros and trains with MasterCard before that. Well we were waiting at the bus stop for the line that would lead us to Helsinki-Vantaa. The first bus didn’t stop because it was too full. Two following lines just DIDN’T COME!! And the next one – of course – took only cash. And they have even a commercial in Helsinki which says loud and fuckin clear: “You can now pay with all the cards in our busses here”. What the fuckin fuck!? I’ve been able to pay like 10 years with the card in Oulu and also in places like Los Angeles, London, Oslo, Moscow, Paris and Amsterdam – not a single problem. But I heard that in Helsinki people are too BUSY so they can’t wait for the card machines to work. I tell you – it takes much more time to find your fuckin cash from the wallet than just slide the card in. It’s possible to pay with the card in every other city in the world but NOT in Helsinki. So we took a cab!

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Because the super awesome weathers, we’ve been hanging out at the beach almost every day. And oh boy, we’ve been cruising around with my Convertible. At one night after a mini golf competition with Pizza & Miia we decided to arrange grill parties at our house for the next night. Well the night was pretty usual – we actually ate nothing during the night but drank gallons of beer with the bunch of people at our place. Sweet! We were back home eating subway meals after the bar round about 4 am.

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I returned a favor a morning after that. My gf was still sleeping so I cleaned the whole fuckin house and made some breakfast or should I call it a brunch. She had made me a surprise dinner a few days earlier when I got back home from the studio and I was tired as hell. Is there any better than potatoes made in the oven and some fresh fish with the wines and fondue desserts!?

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I always read some books when I’m sunbathing. I just finished Dregen’s book and started Sami Lopakka’s fictive novel a couple of days ago. I have never been a big fan of Dregen but I gave the book a change. Oooh man, this just isn’t working at all… “Me, me, me… I’m the coolest guy on Earth, I’m the main-song-writer of Monroe’s new album and so on”. Grow up man! If you’re saying that Nicke Borg made himself a fool because of the Eurovision Contest he was in, you should remember that being in a Polly commercial is as ridiculous. Oh… you said that you wanted to do something that no one would expect you to. Well no one expected that Nicke Borg would participate the Eurovision contest, right? See the point here? Dregen is one the main characters of The New Wave Of Scandinavian Sleaze Rock but sure he isn’t one of my favorites. At least not after reading that book.           
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I’m having otitis again and that fuckin sucks!! I think I’ve also lost my voice temporary because of that. It began at one night when we are again cruising with Matt and his girlfriend Ida and it was too damn cold to sit at the beach of Nallikari. I’m hoping to get my fuckin voice back SOON! We also had to cancel a couple of trainings because Wexx was in a hospital cause of his endless migraine. A doctor had later told him that his brains are widening or whatever because of drinking alcohol. LOL! Wegster will probably be sober for a while now. At that moment we were throwing Frisbee at the beach and we laughed our asses of with Tiger when Wexx called from the hospital and told us about that. I mean not because of he was in pain but because what his doctor had told him.

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By the way we made a song called “On A Winning Streak” for a local football team AC Oulu and you can find the link to that video from our facebook channel for an example. We’re playing at Hiukkavaara Picnic Festival 28.6 and in private parties 12.7. We’ll also throw a festival show in Ii 2.8. but there are still a couple of dates to announce later this summer. The studio and the rehearsals come now first. I was just checking the Reverbnation Rock Charts and it was nice to see that we are right now #2 after Santa Cruz, not too bad! Traditionally here are some of my picks from the TV lately… 

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The Last Gladiators (A documentary about Chris Nilan and the goons of NHL. Emotional and sure worth of checkin’.)

Fool’s Gold (Matthew McConaughey is a dumb surfer who leads his group – and his enemies to the trails of a treasure. This one is perfect for the couples because it’s a mixture of action, comedy and drama.) 

White Dog (A legendary thriller film about a dog who is attacking the black people only. The thrill comes from those great view angles and from the atmosphere… Not from the lousy effects – that’s what I like!)

Grudge Match (De Niro as Jake La Motta and Stallone as Rocky are probably two most famous fictive boxers and now they are fighting against each other’s for the one last time. Entertaining and FUN!)

The Splinters (Well-made documentary about the surfers in Papua New Guinea. They REALLY make their own boards there and stuff… This one also speaks out about the equality of the world.)

The Walking Tall (The Rock is the only action star of 21st Century after the era of Big Arnold and Stallone. The plot is a cheesy but it still keeps you watching to the very end.)

Mad Money (Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah together are the only reason you could watch this movie about three “normal” women who start to rob a bank slowly step by step. A dumb film for a rainy Sunday.)

The Motivation (A pretty new sport documentary about the young guys trying to win the biggest award of skateboarding. It leads you to a world of the skateboarding at this decade.)  

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