Radioactive Pineapple take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z Challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here it’s the turn of Radioactive Pineapple to tell us all about themselves!

A song that made you want to make music?

Jake: Some Green Day -song that I learned to play with power chords from some printed tabs. Might have been Welcome to Paradise or Jesus of Suburbia but I can’t remember for sure.

Best rider you’ve had?

Jake: A possibility to bring our own beer to the backstage and maybe some gas money afterwards, that’s what it is for small bands. However we’ve still had some kick-ass crowds!

Craziest moment you’ve had in the band?

Jake: Probably some ex-tempore party which got out of hand and continued until morning.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

Jake: I’ve not written that many songs for Pineapple so I’ll guess Tears to Rivers would be the one. Ozzie wrote that during the early years.

Easiest song you wrote?

Jake: Spend the Night on our newest EP. Ozzie had challenged me to write a TikTok-fitting song and one day I just got a flow and wrote this 47-second masterpiece!

Favourite song in your set?

Jake: Insane, it still feels fresh so it’s a nice one to play. I’ll probably get sick of it at some point though.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Jake: I’ll go with Mick Jagger this time. No reason but it’d be really cool though.

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Jake: Having to burn yourself out with practically no pay but I guess we still chose this lifestyle voluntarily. Bandmates can also be some pain in the ass sometimes but that is how it’s supposed to be, I guess.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Jake: Ozzie can’t remember his birthday so I have to remind him every year.

Jokes you have in the band?

Jake: Me driving erratically when there’s a party ahead (but of course I’ll leave the car home and don’t drive after the party, usually in a couple of days). Or Thoubi telling everyone to get a job even if we all had jobs.

Key to writing a song?

Jake: D-major.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Jake: Probably Pori on the west coast of Finland. Must be 250 km from Helsinki and 300 from Eastern-Helsinki where I’m from. Hope we’ll break that record soon!

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Jake: Those guys singing the ultimate Finnish classic ”Rai-rai-rai” in front of an unnamed metro station in Helsinki.

New band you’d recommend?

Jake: The Chats, in case they are still considered new.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Jake: Although we are musically pretty far from them, it would be cool to open for Oasis if they ever were to make a reunion.

Place you’d most like to tour?

Jake: I’ll be a cliché and say California since there are many legendary venues. Although we’d be better prepared than some Finnish bands touring there lately.

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

Jake: ”Bloody hell” in a very fake British accent.

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

Jake: Our new EP is called Insane because it has a song called Insane and because we got cool artwork for it.

See us live at?

Jake: Helsinki and the areas nearby. We’ll play at Lahti and Kannelmäki this month. And maybe, just maybe, there’s a mini-tour to be announced soon…

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Jake: I guess so. However, nowadays there’s a lot more music to draw inspiration from. But I’ll never get it when you watch your favorite band’s whole show through the lens of your phone when you have paid 100-something bucks to actually be there.

Unusual merchandise?

Jake: I think I’ve seen a picture of a vape with our sticker on it, only the sticker actually being our merch though.

Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?

Jake: I guess it would be cool to try some of the songs acoustic even though the set wouldn’t otherwise be acoustic. Or maybe some medley someday.

What do your fans mean to you?

Jake: Everything. And maybe a little bit of money.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

Jake: My predecessor, Lari, fell through a glass door of a sauna a few hours before a show so he had to spend the night at ER and skip the show, while Ozzie had to take on his bass-duties for that show.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Jake: Probably mine. Unless it’s Ozzie taking a long…restroom break.

Zoo animal that next describes the personality of your band?

Jake: A wombat. Don’t even ask why.

Elizabeth Birt

October 12, 2023

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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