tiistai 8. heinäkuuta 2014

Party Freaks


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Whoa, just woke up and started to write this. Yesterday we had the shootings of our new video Eyes Like The Ocean Sky at the studio of Saha Productions and oh man, we had a good time the whole last week. A heat wave attacked through Finland and it has been about +30 for about seven days now. The only day it was a bit colder, was actually the day we played our show in Nuclear Nightclub last Wednesday.

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It was almost time for our soundcheck and we were still playing the songs at our training house. We weren’t actually satisfied how the songs sounded like so we spent some time for fixing all the parts the way we wanted. Roxxxie Traxxx came to help us with our stuff and soon we were chilling in Nuclear and waiting for Temple Balls to complete their check.

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The guys of Temple are as perfectionists as us so they spent about three hours to get things right. It was almost eight when I got back home to change my clothes for the gig which did start right on time 22:00 pm. We met a couple of very good friends almost from the other side of the world after the well-played gig and didn’t actually see the other band playing at all. The other guys of GHS went straight up to the side of the audience but we hanged few minutes with Tiger at the backstage and shared our thoughts about the show.  

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I was a bit frustrated that the microphone wires were causing some chatters but mostly the gig was well-succeeded. We spent the rest of the night at the terrace of Nuclear and drank ice-cold beer till’ the morning and also dropped by a motorcycle club with Roxxxie, Mike and Bode before heading home with some fresh pizzas.

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During this summer I’ve realized a fact that the people are often working their asses off because of money they spend right away for everything uselessness like clothes they probably will wear a couple of times or for some tv-shop shit… I bought cool jean shorts from Carlings and a new snap back with 50 euros and I’ve been regretting those decisions for weeks now. 

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Earlier I could just go to a clothing store and buy a whole new outfit because I just wanted to do that. It has been a few years now when I stopped wasting my money for nothing. Of course I do some impulse purchases once in a while but I always feel bad after that. Well maybe I can enjoy those clothes I recently bought in some point. I am pretty sure about that and also this could be a part of my spiritual growing as well.         

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The day after the gig in Nuclear Nightclub Tiger arranged Birthday Parties. With Wexxter we first visited our mixing specialist, Timmy Lover who lives just above Tig so we spent about three hours mixing our new songs before walking the stairs down to Tig’s apartment. The dude had made some superb snacks and gallons of Sangria so we gave him the presents and started eating and drinking like the ancient Romans. 

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After midnight we shared a cab to Amarillo. Some drug dealer began to disturb me at some point so we took a hike with Miia and made some hot sandwiches and watched Netflix about 4:00 in the morning.  But yeah Tig’s Birthday Parties were sure worth visiting, thanks a lot pal!!   

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You know, in music business you have to be really careful what you are saying about other bands and other people in the industry. My home town is usually known from the metal scene over here and when I was interviewed for City Magazine I maybe said too much negative about the music scene over here. When we were doing an interview for a local radio with Roxxxie during the Knockout Cocktail times we accidentally did the same thing again so I’m sure some dark metal stars over here don’t respect me too much after those comments in public media.

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Well, after being accepted as a part of International Mama Trash Family I’ve learned a lot about respecting the other artists. What can you say, I was rude & young & stupid back then. I’ve realized that it always hurts a bit if someone says negative about the music you’re writing. After all, the songs you write come basically from your heart and you’ve probably made many sacrifices for your career.

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That’s why you should always respect other artists even though you’d happen to dislike the music they’re making.  Let’s take an example. I have never liked Sentenced too much but after reading Sami Lopakka’s book, it’s easy to see that they grew up in the same town and made the same mistakes we’ve probably made. And they were so fuckin’ young when they made their breakthrough. LOTS OF RESPECT GUYS!!

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Now let’s get back a couple of weeks. So at the last Saturday of June we ended our long period without any gigs. As you may know we’ve been recording our debut and worked our asses off with that. It felt great to play in front of the audience. The weather was great and after a spoiled check I drove back home to change clothes and make up for the show. You know the sound guys – they are always late and that’s why the first band was almost ready to go on stage when it would have been the time for our soundcheck… :P

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We played as a last group on the outside stage, some metal bands like Burning Point we’re playing after us at the club on the other side of the festival area. Anyway, we were back in Hiukkavaara just before our show and started right on time. I had again some problems with the switch of my microphone and of course everyone was a bit nervous because it was long time we hadn’t been playing.

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After all the show was great and we quickly catched some burgers from the backstage area before hitting back to my place for PARTIES. The sun was shining so we sit on our balcony for the rest of the day and early night. Miia had also made some tasty cheese rolls and popcorns and because we had a long night ahead, I bought a pack of 24 beers JUST FOR ME. Though those were only 3,5 % I realized those were all gone and we had to catch the rest of the football World Cup match in Amarillo. GOOD FUCKIN’ TIMES!!

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It was three days between Hiukkavaara Piknik and a Nuclear Nightclub gig. Usually I go working with new songs like a maniac but somehow I felted I needed some serious rest. So I basically didn’t do anything. We quickly packed our bags and first went to Hailuoto Island for a day-off at the beach and then straight to Golf Club Oulu to chill and enjoy the lazy atmosphere at the range area.

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It would have been nice to play but it was already evening and there were so many mosquitoes that we drove straight to my parents’ house and stayed there over a couple of nights. My mum and dad were having a trip to Southern Finland so we hided the whole week at their cozy summer house and relaxed eating outside, playing traditional Finnish game Mölkky and swimming in Oulujoki River. I also showed all my favorite spots from my childhood to Miia as we skateboarded all over Myllyoja.

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As speaking of relaxing. The midsummer in Finland is always a weekend for beer drinking in cottages in the middle of nowhere with all the friends. Basically all you have to do is make a bonfire and just drink. Maybe eat something delicious. I’ve done that so many times that this year we stayed in the city. Actually not in Oulu but we drove with my convertible to Kuopio. 

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The weathers were perfect and I did some jogging before the football games started again. We made some food and went to Henry’s Pub for the rest of the night and drank gallons of beer. The next day we visited Vehmasmäki to see some cute animals which we both love so fuckin’ much.  

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Honestly I started celebrating the midsummer a couple of days earlier. If you remember my earlier band Knockout Cocktail and the band called The Psycho Season… We’re old friends with their drummer Roxxxie so we have been discussing about writing some new music together again. It all became concrete when we ended up to Roxxxie’s place drinking some beer and sharing our thoughts about the possible band. We listened some records and headed later to Larry’s house in Heinäpää and still to 45 Special which was fuckin’ fully-crowded. I was back home about 5 am and the sun was already shining, WTF. Yeah it was midsummer, I forgot!

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In the next morning I was felting like someone had fuckin’ bitten me. Luis Suarez? No, I suddenly remembered that we had a wrestling match the night earlier with Larry and we used baseball bats, frying pans and beer bottles as weapons, hahahahaha. The place looked like hell after that but MAN, it was FUN. And yeah you’ll maybe hear something different later this year. I already completed one song for our new project with Roxxxie but right now we’re busy with GHS so I’ll share more when the time is right.       

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Because it’s summer I’ve decided that I’ll try to spend as much time with my friends as possible. We played our traditional snooker match with Andy after a one-year break and this time the result was a draw. So we have to play another match in some point. I also promised that I’d check out the Age Of Dinosaurs Exhibition no matter what. When I was a child, I was a fuckin’ dino maniac! And I realized that I still am. I enjoyed those massive dino figures and the exhibition more than any other guest there. I tell you – Age Of Dinosaurs is a MUST!! 

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In the end I can still share you a couple of stories about partying. Miia’s sister was visiting us and at first they made some pina colada drinks and watched some girlish soap opera from TV. Yeah well okay, that’s what girls usually do but when they told us that they’re gonna go to a sports bar and watch football and drink some more I started to feel like a little feminine. What the hell?? That what we should have been doing instead of spending hours in the front of a mirror and listening pop songs, haha.

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We quickly take a peak to some home parties and there were some NHL players drinking and analyzing football. Later I accidentally ran to Mike in Amarillo but he had been drinking a couple of days in a row so he didn’t want to join us for Tivoli for the rest of the night. That’s where things got finally normal. Girls were dancing some 90’s songs and we were emptying the cans with Larry. It was fun to watch how they were totally from a different world than the rest of the girls on the floor. I made a right choice with Miia… ;)

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And the other story about partying. It was a normal Wednesday night and we were sunbathing at a park nearby and suddenly Mike drove by with his bicycle. I mean he lives in the same direction in Oulu so it’s only natural to meet him spontaneously once in a while. So he came to drink a beer with us and we shared some tasty cheeses and snacks. Then suddenly Roxxxie sends a whatsapp message and asks what I’m doing. And he also sends the same message to Mike and of course he doesn’t know we’re hanging out together at the same time. We had planned to clean up our place and Mike had also some shit to do.

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Well one thing leads to another and suddenly we’re at Nallikari beach drinking beer during the sunset with the guys. I left my convertible in a parking lot and we headed to Mike’s place for drinks and some great music. It became one of the funniest night as we were later sitting in Hevimesta and drinking free beers till the morning. That’s how the universe works; it drops you to situations you have to choose – fun or responsibilities. This time I chose FUN!!        

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This post may seem like all we do is hit the bars, lol. We have been training harder than ever before and also I’ve been doing exercises at least a couple of times a day. It is a bit… uhm… deceptive as well because one night I went to pick Miia up for dates and we headed to Italian restaurant called La Festa for pizzas and pastas. 

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The meals were HUGE and during a romantic night I just had to go jogging because of all the calories we ate earlier. Luckily she understands! I had to also treat her because she had cleaned and decorated our apartment the whole week long so we picked a couple of wines and cheeses to celebrate the new fresh look of our house. How lovely, right? <3

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The sun is still shining and my parents just came back from their trip. I think we’re gonna stay one more night here because there is nothing better than chill out till the sunset and relax. I’m gonna go make some Canarian Potatoes with Mojo Sauce but before that I’ll write the traditional list of everything worth of checking out. Enjoy the summer and take care! <3

# Vinny Olavi # Groupie High School # Vincenzo Olavi # GHS Racing # Knockout Cocktail # Vinny's Playground # Modern Day Cowboys # nti Kaleva & the Mistake # Los Gran Artistas

Beckham In Brazil & Fightville (I’ve never liked David Beckham but this documentary changes a lot. He drives through the whole country with his closest buddies by motorcycles and you can see how Becks is basically a British dude with the same values than anyone else. Fightville is an example about how you SHOULDN’T make the sports documentary. It’s boring even though Ultimate Fighting is one the most interesting and brutal sports in the whole world.)

Law Abiding Citizen (Jamie Foxx always brings some… uhm… plausible to crime movies with his presence and gotta say that this time Gerald Butler does a good job as well. For the action movie freaks this one is MUST – there’s revenge and there’s justice!)

The River (Pretty new TV-series from Netflix but reminds me too much from Godzilla & Congo which were also bad bad movies. Though this supposed to be thrilling, I fell asleep during the first episode.)

Brake (Oh man, they made another one from the same baseline with Buried – though I think this one is even better! The guy wakes up from the trunk of a car and starts to slowly realize what has happened. Tom Berenger always makes the films even better.)

Snitch & Stranger Than Fiction (Watched these two movies during The Midsummer. The Rock & Will Ferrell are my favorite actors. Snitch is a movie about a kid who goes to jail because of smuggling drugs. The Rock wants to help him but he should do that with his fists – not with his brain, LOL! See the point here? Well the second one is basically a drama about a guy who realizes he’s a main character of a fuckin’ book. Drama & Will Ferrell – not a good combination!)

Skyfall (This may seem like a cliché but the last one is the best 007 movie ever. It’s not too complicated and the thrill and the action stay through the whole movie. There is something similar in the first Batman with Bale – something dark but interesting.)

Midnight Express & K11 (Two movies about the life in jail – two completely different movies! The first one is a classic and though it’s a bit slow once in a while, you have to watch it through. The second one, the newer one, is just slow… and bad!)

Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels & 22 Bullets (There is something so annoying in British movies though the first one is again a classic, I know! You just can’t watch this through even though there is everything you’d need from a good gangster movie… And I could say the same words again about the other one, 22 Bullets which is a French movie. I hate French movies, LOL. You shouldn’t watch these!)

Great White’s “…Twice Shy” (During the late eighties this was the link between Mötley & Guns if you ask me. You know the feeling when you find a record that doesn’t have a single bad song. This one works perfectly when you’re cruising around with your convertible. AWESOME!!)

# Vinny Olavi # Groupie High School # Vincenzo Olavi # GHS Racing # Knockout Cocktail # Tiger L.A. # Vinny's Playground # Modern Day Cowboys # nti Kaleva & the Mistake # Los Gran Artistas