maanantai 20. huhtikuuta 2015

They're on fire!


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

BUJAKA!! Haven't written here in a while. There's (again) a reason. Our video is ready to be launched and our album is almost completed so it’s been a wild ride. It was a winter afternoon when we gathered to Tiger L.A’s home studio for the final mixings and for some new songs to be recorded. Guys did let their instruments do the talking while I enjoyed Tiger's endless compilation of old SNES games.

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

Personally I love that kind of retro stuff so much. If you're up to some old fashioned 2D action stuff, you should try Hotline Miami which is packed with cool electro music. Points to Nitro who told me about this game originally. Later that night I picked up a new saxophone and a bass case from the post office and we also bought Sodastream to cheer up all those hangover mornings...

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

One of my good friends celebrated his thirties in a mansion outside the town. Lion came to pick us up and we first went to buy some fuckin booze for the parties and then drove about thirty minutes to the place. Andy ConTio played some cool songs and the night went on with some hot tub drinking, sauna and fine-dining...

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

The night after that we gathered again in Isko for celebrating another birthdays with all the guys from the office. Actually I went to the place with my car so this time I was already back home before midnight. After that night we drove to Kuopio to spend our winter holidays but unfortunately after the first day of snowboarding I got a flu so the rest of the week I actually spent in fuckin bed! But I got my first rails of winter so kinda proud about that...

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

We had been training amazingly hard for Trash Fest VII and the weekend before the festival started with retro parties in our office. I made some cold tapas’ and a bowl of sangria so we ended up listening some good old songs and drinking in a meeting room. I went straight on to the rehearsals with the guys and after some live playing we packed to Wexxter's car. He dropped us to my place and you can probably guess what we did. Partied and headed to Huikka Nightclub...

# Vinny Olavi # Groupie High School # Vincenzo Olavi # GHS Racing # Knockout Cocktail # Vinny's Playground # Modern Day Cowboys # Steen 1 # nti Kaleva & the Mistake # Los Gran Artistas
# Vinny Olavi # Groupie High School # Vincenzo Olavi # GHS Racing # Knockout Cocktail # Vinny's Playground # Modern Day Cowboys # nti Kaleva & the Mistake # Los Gran Artistas
# Vinny Olavi # Groupie High School # Vincenzo Olavi # GHS Racing # Knockout Cocktail # Vinny's Playground # Modern Day Cowboys # Matt Nitro # nti Kaleva & the Mistake # Los Gran Artistas

Trash Fest VII was probably one of the best experiences of our lives. The festival started with a flight to Helsinki. Guys arrived there by a bus and we finally met in the front of Gloria. It was amazing to finally meet the superb staff and all the guys from Trash Family. They gave us a backstage room where we ate and chilled till our soundcheck time.

# Groupie High School # Mike Rockberry # Modern Day Cowboys # nti Kaleva & the Mistake # Los Gran Artistas
# Vinny Olavi # Groupie High School # Vincenzo Olavi # GHS Racing # Knockout Cocktail # Vinny's Playground # Modern Day Cowboys # Lion de la Vega # nti Kaleva & the Mistake # Los Gran Artistas
Miia Sofia
We shared the room with Star Mafiaboy and the guys were a bit late because of their flight from Madrid was delayed. We offered to start our check fifteen minutes later so that those super nice Spanish guys could check their sounds as well. An hour later I watched our intro blasting from the TV and Hex Panic introducing us to the stage. Time to go!!

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

The show was great and the parties went on after a couple of interviews. We listened the other artists from the theater balcony upstairs with Miia. What a fuckin great bands!! Like I mentioned in my social media, one word - THANKS. To every single person involved TF.

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

Jason Da Vies joined us for after parties in Bar Bäkkäri and man we had a blast!! I chatted after a long time with Jimi, the singer of an ex-rockband, White Corona. We planned that we'd probably do some co-shows in the future. It was already an early morning when we took a cab with Miia and Marjut and stopped quickly in a front of a grocery store 24/7 and ate like fuckin' pigs before fading.

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

On that Saturday we decided to head to Gloria again so we first gathered around TV for a playoff hockey match. Mike forgot his backstage pass so obviously it was time to do a little nightwalk before the parties. After the great bands and performers, all the staff and artists drank together again till the morning and I actually passed out in a full buss. But that's another story. Again, THANKS!

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

We also played a great show about a month earlier in 45 Special with Santa Cruz. I started the day with an ice cold beer and some toasts with cheese and soon we were practicing again in Hiukkavaara. After meeting some younger fans and eating downstairs of the bar we started the soundcheck on time.

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

The show was a blast and during Santa Cruz played, we put on the backstage parties with the guys, Miia but also with Lion and Miika. The rest of the night went on pretty quickly because so many friends had found their way to the place we played in. With Larry we tried some old-fashioned wrestling moves and almost got kicked out from the venue, haha. But again thanks to Santa Cruz and the friendly staff of 45 Special!!

# Vinny Olavi # Groupie High School # Vincenzo Olavi # GHS Racing # Knockout Cocktail # Vinny's Playground # Modern Day Cowboys # Lion de la Vega # nti Kaleva & the Mistake # Los Gran Artistas
# Matt Nitro # Groupie High School
# Vinny Olavi # Groupie High School # Vincenzo Olavi # GHS Racing # Knockout Cocktail # Vinny's Playground # Modern Day Cowboys # Miia Sofia # nti Kaleva & the Mistake # Los Gran Artistas

My near family got some bad news recently but like I've said earlier, it happens in real life and you just gotta deal with it, cope and move on. That's what we’re doing together! There are also some weird shit coming up... My gf will release something, I'll put out an instrumental track with my first solo song and my friend Miika I mentioned earlier is finishing his very first, fuckin-awesome novel release.

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

Our dear and loved friend Sandra came from Turku by train and we were actually training our songs at the moment she texted that the train is already at the station. That must be the very first time VR is on schedule. In the morning Miia made some quality breakfast for us before heading to band practices. Unfortunately Sandy had to go home a bit earlier that we expected because of Priceline's lousy customer service and that sucked!! We we're super lucky just to have her here for few days.

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

Later we watched a playoff hockey match in our place. A funny thing happened, Wexx had told us that he has something important to do so we'd have to do our soundcheck in Hevimesta a bit later. Well they showed him in a fuckin national television sitting there in Energy Arena and watching the game, hahaha. Nitro was a bit upset us being late but we still had some time to relax before our show.

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

They had also arranged a dinner for us in a Mexican restaurant but nobody wanted to eat just before the gig. We played quite well and so did Smokin' Aces and our friends from Rosy Dream. Everybody were drunk as hell during that night. Randy from The Psycho Season and Lion left home early but Jimi from Temple Balls would have been ready to sleep there at the backstage area using a guitar case as a pillow. I also got on stage with Rosy to play bass and sing Rock N Roll All Nite. Wicked!!

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

Tampere is the old rock n’ roll capital of Finland so we were super excited to play again there and in the best rock club in town, Jack The Rooster! We were up early for a five-hours-drive to South and right on time, the sound engineer was opening the doors when we cruised to front of the club. That guy is a super professional with sounds, maybe that’s the reason why he’s part of the crew of Swedish Machinae Supremacy.

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

After the check we quickly carried our bags and stuff to Hotel Iltatähti nearby and ate mighty burgers in Rooster before a little rest and hockey-watching. The opener, Sinfully Yours was great, reminded me a bit of Sentenced, maybe! That gig wasn’t our best but the atmosphere was great and there were also Jarkko Ahola & Sani from Aikakone in the club.

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

My old buddy from Seinäjoki came to watch us with his new band so we chatted with the guys and had a good time before fading after the closing time with Miia. Jenni, our friend had promised her apartment for the two of us for one night so we walked through the sleepy town, made some food and slept the morning away before hopping to a train and watching True Detective all the way back Oulu. Epic!!

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

There are moments I wouldn't change for the world. One of those was our anniversary on Tuesday 31th, we went out to eat lunch in Olimpos and later watched a great Finnish-produced action movie called Big Game starred by Samuel L. Jackson. The whole day and night - just perfect. I bought her a hockey jersey of our favorite team and Miia had a self-made necklace for me. Loved it!

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

We also headed to the main library to buy some old cd's. That's a tradition when they have those every-year sales there in spring. I also needed an electric drum kit for my home studio so shopped that at the same time. I was fast cause I had to run to Lion's mansion for the photo shootings of his upcoming album and the cover art with Andy ConTio and Aki from Quake The Earth. An award-winning photographer, Onni Wiljami Kinnunen was on fire again! The day ended with a short interview for our younger fans in the city centrum, Rotuaari.

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

The next day we had again some party plans in the office. First we walked to Isko for a couple of Gin Tonics and some shots and then straight to the centrum. What a way to do a little morning walk for an exercise! Here's some entertainment I've used recently to cheer myself up. Oh, I also bought a brand new Galaxy S6 Edge just to amuse me more, hahahaha. SICK!! But here's to you:


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

Dallas Buyers Club (Matthew McConaghey plays a cowboy of Texas back in 70's. He realize he has HIV so he puts all on the line. These kinds of drama movies are totally worth watching!)

Candyman (A perfect atmosphere of 90's for a horror movie. Don't try this at home: if you repeat “Candyman” for five times in front of a mirror, you're gonna be wacked by a black guy with a hook as an arm and bees coming out from his mouth. Legendary!) 

The Jinx (Disgusting topic but well-made documentary series about a rich serial killer Robert Durst. One of the pearls of HBO at the moment.)

Simon Cruz's official page (The guy went probably mad. First he did quit in Crashdiet and then started to post SUPER weirdo videos on his page. You should check those, scarier than that Candyman I mentioned earlier.)

The Way (Martin Sheen heads to Europe for a pilgrimage to respect his passed-away son. He meets all kinds of people on his trail which makes this one of the best road movies ever.)

Last Days (It's mainly about the last days of Cobain with some fictive parts in it. This is sorta art film but those drug-orientated music scenes are totally breathtaking.)

I'm Still Here & Artifact music documentaries (In the first one Joaquin Phoenix quit his acting career and starts to record as a rap artist. Of course this is just acting for a well-made fake documentary but it's still hilarious! Artifact contains maybe the most interesting facts about music industry and about 30 Second To Mars as well. Check these both out!!)

The Next Three Days (Russell Crowe tries to help his innocent wife to escape from a prison so he goes for the lowlife's to make it happen. The best kind of prison escape movie in years! By the way, got a good contrast because watched Finnish "Betoniyö" after this and it is an Oscar movie about lowlifes but boring as FUCKIN' HELL!!)

Classics: The Game, Colors & Rumble Fish (You can say that they're just legendary ones but there's more. HBO brings all of these with high resolution and they're just right kinda stories for all of us refugees. The first one is a Fincher movie about a dangerous and lethal birthday-game M. Douglas slides into with the help of his younger brother played by Sean Penn. Colors brings us to the middle of East L.A. and Bloods vs. Crips with Penn again and Duvall playing the main roles. Rumble Fish is Coppola's black & white vision about legendary Rusty James and they found Matt Dillon, Rourke and Hopper to it. Do I need to say more??)

The Way Back (Sure the plot is interesting. It's about some prisoners in Syberia who escape all the way over the mountains during The World War. Turns out to be boring as hell and even Colin Farrell can't save this one.)

The Maze Runner (Do you remember that fuckin labyrinth board game when we were just small kids? They made a movie of it and the moment they did bring those freakin' aliens into the screen, I changed the channel. Do not spoil those good childhood memories!)

Oldboy (The Japanese version was sort of scary and fascinating with all those Monte Christo vibes in it about a guy who got jailed for decades with no reason. As you can imagine, the Hollywood version is just a bad copy.)


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