A song that made you want to make music?
Not really a song made me want to start this journey but my dad: he played in bands and toured when I was a kid and I got see that life really close up. Watching and hanging out with him and his bands made me want to make music. He also showed me how to play old school stuff like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, KISS etc.
Best rider you have had?
A functioning shower in a super-clean backstage in Holland, can’t remember the city. Harleem? Also the food was AMAZING.
Craziest moment in the band?
Tokyo 2016. We were headlining the show and the local promoters/agency had an afterparty planned out for us. It was fucking wild! Can’t go into too much detail but this one dude bought few bottles of champagne, gave a long speech on a microphone in Japanese how he was honoured to be partying with us and started spraying the champagne on himself, inside his pants and everyone in there while screaming like a wild animal giving birth. It was mayhem.
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
‘Drowned God’ off our new album ‘HYPERACTIVE’: it’s about me being bullied as a kid and the violent power-fantasies I had.
Easiest song you wrote?
Easiest songwriting process was either ‘Ruby Dragon’ or ‘CREATVRES’ off our new album. Both were created in one sitting.
Favourite song in your set?
‘Neon Highway’. A perfect blend of 80’s showmanship and huuuuge amount of energy while we play it!
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Ariana Grande or Nergal.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Scheduling. We’re all adults living in different cities so it gets a bit hard sometimes.
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Our keyboard player Touko was an original member when the band was formed back in 2008. He left for Goa to meditate for 10 years and came back to the band. The spot on the beach he meditated is considered a holy area now.
Jokes you have in the band?
Everytime we released a new single from ‘HYPERACTIVE’ the same dude commented on all the videos “I miss Tomppa” who is the former clean vocalist of the band. And now it’s a joke.
Key to writing a song?
Having instruments and recording equipment nearby at all times for sudden bursts of inspiration. Even humming on your phone works! Also try to break your boundaries: try something different! Only few things are perfect the moment they are created. Be kind to yourself. But also be consciously efficient.
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
Tokyo, Japan. We flew from Finland so the flight took forever! It was 100% worth it, two absolutely crazy shows!
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
My dad. When he plays guitar he has his whole heart in it. Truly inspiring and a privilege to have him as a father. Also hangin out with Andy McCoy (Hanoi Rocks) was inspiring!
New band you’d recommend?
Assemble The Chariots from Finland!
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Def Leppard, Bon Jovi or Steel Panther.
Place you’d most like to tour?
Japan. Fell in love with Tokyo the last time we were there!
Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers?
You have a right to feel sexy, listen to us and you will!
Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?
The music we create and play is hyperactive. The album and the many styles it holds is hyperactive. Also the current way of life on this planet is hyperactive. Social media makes us hyperactive.
See us live at?
Can’t go into too much detail but Europe; stay tuned!
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Yes and no: I love 80’s music especially, it’s my favourite musical era of all. I love the heavy metal stuff and the pop stuff the same, but it has been done already: we aim to combine our love of the 80’s with our love for the modern metalcore.
Many! Our singer Miksu is the visionary behind all of the crazy stuff we have on sale, but by far my favourite unusual merch we have is the “black metal sloth” leggings for men.
Variations you’d like to do on one of your songs?
I would love to update our older song ‘Heavy Metal Finland’ to our new sound! The song is a banger but it needs an 80’s synth makeover.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They are the ones that keeps us going. It’s been great getting new audience with our latest stuff!
X-rays or any treatments needed for band injuries?
Bandaging and painkillers. We are animals on stage.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Touko, our keyboard wizard.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?