Lea: How have been
the reactions so far by the fans and Media?
Wille: The Jade gets you
going or not. Either you like it or not. However, the
people who donīt appreciate us still say we sound very
professional on every level. We just received a great
review from Varusmies magazine. Iīm very passionately
excited about that. I mean cīmon, a magazine concerning
the Finlandīs military!
havenīt seen very many reviews yet, but the most of the
reviews we have seen have been very good. Just a few
persons havenīt liked it. I believe that is how it
should be. The listeners seem to like it. Thatīs what
matters. Hope they will get the record, too!
the reactions have been overall just cool. Fans are
always great. There should be more media exposure.
Ive found only a couple of bad reviews. On one the
person had a really weird attitude. He wanted to bitch
about personal stuff and all that. It has nothing to do
with the music itself, so I couldnt be too happy.
Still, it seems like karma works. I heard that something
weird happened to him and he cannot write anymore. When
we hit the stage the songs start to live their own life,
they work like a motherfucker, and that only shows that
the songs are strong.
Lea: The album was recorded at the Seawolf Studios. You
mainly worked together with Petri Majuri and Hannu Leiden.
How did this proceed?
Leiden recorded and was a major influence in the vocal
recording process. Heīs worked basically with everybody
in the Finnish music business for decades. Therefore, he
knew what he was doing. Hannu is a very patient and
professional man and had very effective vocal harmony
ideas. Weīre so glad he agreed to work with us on our
Leiden also had plenty of ideas after the basic tracks
were recorded. He also brought this cool 12-string Tom
Petty Rickenbacker to the studio which I ended up using
on many of the songs. Petri Majuri was in charge of
recording the rhythm tracks and completing the album with
us. So after the first week of the sessions we spent a
couple of last weeks of the process with him listening,
editing, mixing and finally mastering the tracks.
Brilliant man he is!
It was great all the way, heard great stories and we got
along really well. Its a great studio and so are
Lea: On your
website is written that you had demoed around 30 songs.
How did you decide which of the songs will become a part
of the album?
loved all of our songs almost equally. Thatīs why we let
our record company boss to choose the tunes for the album.
There is still some very quality stuff in our catalogue
that was left out.
so basically we together decided also the songs we had
previously demoed were too brilliant to be left on demo
level. They simply needed to be re-recorded in the proper
studio with these great guys, Hannu and Petri. But
choosing the tracks wasnīt an easy job.
Lea: Some of the
songs have already been published on earlier CDs. How do
you guarantee that no one is bored to hear those songs
once again on the official debut?
songs have changed very much from the earlier releases.
In addition, there are many completely new tunes on the
album. 14 tunes. So the fans will get so much more than a
few re-made songs.
never guarantee anything. That would not be very clever.
Still, if people only have heard the original demo
versions of some of the songs, for example on Myspace,
they havenīt heard the new versions which are totally
professionally arranged, played and recorded. And some of
them are also re-written. Plus the fact is that the songs
from our previous self-produced EP Slow Motions On
The Fast Lanes were only to be heard on our sites,
so there are millions and millions of people who have
never heard any of the songs before.
the guys are right. Now, when a band like ours gets
signed, its the songs on the demos that the record
company falls in love with. So they want them on an album.
We were okay with it, and just to show that we care, we
wanted to add quite a few new ones for the people who
have been there for us from the beginning. Im sorry,
but there wasnt enough space to add 100 songs on
Lea: Are the songs
on the album connected among themselves in a way?
are a collective unit that makes this album cool.
Lea: And where is
the connection referring to the album title Seconds
Away From Salvation?
Wille: Iīll leave it to
the imagination of the fans, but just think about it. How
would you feel if you were just seconds away from the
personal salvation of your life? I bet eager.
If people want to take time reading or listening to the
lyrics of the songs they will definitely find the
connection to the title.
Jann: Right. Also it
works with the whole story of Berninis sculpture
The Ecstasy Of St. Theresa.
Lea: What are your
personal highlights on the album and why?
Memorial, Yesterdayīs Rain,
Kingīs Cross just to mention a few
catchy songs with perfect lyrics.
Pekko: Every track Iīve managed to write is a highlight.
Also I really like the guitars on every track. They just
sound exactly like they were supposed to sound.
I dig the way Ive done things. Sometimes I wanna do
a loads on the bass as theres a little jazz asshole
in me, but in the end I just do whats the best for
the song. I love my groove on Solitary Soul
and The Flame, for example. This and that on
Beautiful Things is just really cool as well.
I love everything that the guys did on Roses Are
Burning and on the album, just cool singin
Lea: For your
second single It`s A Sin youve shot
your first official music video which is really cool.
Please tell us a bit about the story!
idea for it came from the director of the video and we
were first a bit shocked that is this going to be a
horror video or what. We negotiated back and forth with
the idea. In the video, the actor Ismo Kallio represents
an old guy that is haunted by fears of the future and
past concerning his life. We actually shot the video in a
real, old house and decorated it with a few candles. It
was freezing cold, but cool!
don't find that video too cool.
Lea: Are there any
anecdotes you can tell us about the filming sessions?
werenīt any, if I remember correctly. But like Wille
mentioned, it was a horribly freezing house, so there
must have been some suffering going on while filming the
the meatballs were good.
Lea: Did you also
have the chance to contribute own ideas to that video?
but itīs been almost a year now since we filmed it, so I
canīt remember what they were.
Lea: What about the
second videoclip referring to the song King`s
Cross? Iīve heard youīre not really satisfied
with it. Why?
idea could have been made better. I mean, Iīm proud of
how The Jade performs on the video, but the crew on the
video looks odd. Nobody understands what is the function
of the outside people on the video. Itīs a mystery to me
also. But as a band on the video, we have nothing to be
ashamed of. Quite the opposite, actually.
lyrics of Kingīs Cross are sad and I wrote
them when I was fucking desperate. Thatīs why I hate to
see some idiotic humour in that video. The filming crew
didnīt listen to us, so thatīs why itīs not what we
mean, just look at the guy whos jumping around
there. Its like a fucking kangaroo. Then the band
was shot like 60 times with different cameras from the
different angles and only a couple of things are shown
there. And not the best bits. Also it really doesnt
serve the song at all.
Lea: How would the video look like if you had produced it
with your own ideas?
The Jade on it and no other people.
video clips from Londonīs Kingīs Cross area
would have been quite okay. Couple of persons who are
British wrote us once that we have captured the feeling
of the Kingīs Cross area, so I reckon the
clips would have been a good idea.
Jann: I used to hang in
that area, so I certainly do know that Pekko captured the
feeling of it 100 percent when he wrote the song.
Its the bad side of it, Kings
Cross can show you many faces. It woulda been cool
if there were street violence, prostitutes, drugs, gangs
and the band doin their thing. You know, comfy
Saturday on Kings Cross with your mates.
Lea: How`s your band status in Finland nowadays since you
entered the charts?
Wille: I donīt think
about it much, because otherwise it drives you crazy.
Ambition is a great thing, but I wonīt let it kill me.
Maybe you should ask that from our fans. There are many
things that I smile back at, such as those chart
positions of our previous singles.
donīt know about this status thing. The singles on the
charts, any charts or basically anything doesnīt seem to
matter too much at the end. Itīs cool for the moment and
then itīs gone. To get the status you need to be fucking
loaded with money. And a brilliant team and a manager
would be needed, too. Itīs all about the business.
were here for real and not for some status,
were a rockn`roll band. The basic idea is
that you need 500.000 Euros in order to make it happen in
one year. Anyhow, the band is ready for anything.
Were stronger than ever and will get stronger all
the time. Well be here anyway, so the sooner
someone comes up with certain things the sooner
theyll make the most of it.
Lea: And how is it
possible for someone living here in Germany to get your
can order it online, for instance from Twilight Records.
And itīs also available in record stores.
in case Sony has done their job.
Lea: Is a tour
planned to present the new songs live on stage?
Lea: I`ve heard
that you were recently supported live on stage by a
keyboarder called Tomi. Is he just some kind of part time
member or are you thinking of becoming a quintet in
hope that our union lasts for a long time, so we will see
what the future brings.
doesnīt live in Helsinki right now, so we mainly
rehearse as a quartet. But he is an absolutely brilliant
guy, so never know what will happen. We are getting along
I hope hell stay with us. And at times he comes to
rehearsals as well, thats like 500 kilometres drive,
so thats pretty cool. A great guy and a great