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Dieses nette Stürck stammt von TOTP, ist auf Englisch und bringt uns die Mentalität dieser Menschen aus dem hohen Norden ein bisschen näher . . .

TOTP: What's your favourite tipple?
Lauri: Alcohol drink...I like the beer.
Eero: For me, maybe just water or ginger ale. Ginger beer is great too.
TOTP: If brandy makes you randy and whiskey makes you frisky, what drinks have what effect on you?
Lauri: Beer makes you fear, especially the next day.
Eero: Hmm, I don't know. Ah, ginger ale makes you pale.
TOTP: What's the worst thing you've done under the influence?
Lauri: Oh, I think I've done a lot of stupid things. We have rumour magazines in Finland and I find it funny when I read things that they say I have done when I'm out. Usually I haven't even been in Finland at those times. They just make up these funny stories. People watch you very closely. But I think the most stupid thing I've done is like I've said something personal or stupid to a friend. That's when you really feel bad the next day.
TOTP: And did you swear never to drink again?
Lauri: I don't think I've ever done that, but I have made a promise not to hurt other people. You can always end up hurting yourself too. You do stupid things like jumping off a roof or whatever.
TOTP: And why don't you drink, Eero?
Eero: I did quite much drinking when I was younger and many stupid things. I quit drinking in '98. It just wasn't fun anymore. We'd been out drinking every week and somehow I just stopped it. After just one month, it didn't taste any good to me. I don't miss it and also my lifestyle is a bit different from Lauri. He likes to go out and have lots of party and also drinking. I'm more like the guy that stays at the hotel. I do a lot of meditation too.
TOTP: What drinking games do you play in Finland?
Lauri: In my group of friends we play drinking games, but it's quite boring really. It's like a mathematics game. I don't know the word in English. [Speaks Finnish to Eero] You know when you have to count numbers, like how many times six goes to 36.
TOTP: Oh, multiplication. That sounds really hard.
Lauri: It is and impossible after a few drinks.
TOTP: What's the worst thing you've done to a drunken mate?
Lauri: If someone passes out, you can always draw stupid faces on them or put different objects into different places. [Eww!]
Eero: Oh, like sticking a candle in their, in their...
TOTP: ...private particles?
Eero: Yah!
TOTP: Would you light it as well?
Eero: Oh, no thanks.
Lauri: Once this guy put a hard candy in his ass and dug it out and put it back in the box. Then a friend came along and ate it the next day. Stupid stuff!
TOTP: You've had a few fizzy pops and gone home to your parents, you're a little bit worse for wear. Do you attempt to hide that you're drunk?
Eero: When we were very teenagers and lived with our parents, we used to come home so late that they'd be asleep already. We had home parties. It was always the highlight of the month. We'd drink beer and whatever we could get our hands on.
Lauri: A lot of people were making some drinks of their own; wine, beer, but also some hard liquor. It's called [says a Finnish word that ends in 'ark'] in Finland. It's serious alcohol.
TOTP: If you could invent a cocktail what would it be?
Lauri: Oh, I can do this. You take a glass of wodka and the filter of a cigarette. Peel it and stir it with your finger. Then you take the filter, put it under your lip, and then drink the wodka with one sip. Then keep the filter under your lip for the rest of the day.
Eero: For a non-alcoholic cocktail, just take a glass of ice, pour it full of water and then drink it.
Lauri: [Laughs]
TOTP: Nice. Do you shake it?
Eero: [Laughs] You can stir or shake!
TOTP: What kind of drinking establishments do you favour?
Lauri: Many times when we are on the road, we try to find somewhere quite peaceful. We try to avoid any screaming fans. We quite prefer to go to Irish pubs. They're usually quite peaceful and dark, where you can escape to your own little table. We don't like to go to nightclubs or discos. You just have to stand all the time. That's not really for us. We like to be with a small group of people.
TOTP: What's the difference between drinking places in the UK and Finland?
Lauri: I think we have the same kind of drinking culture really. People like to drink a lot. The only difference here is that you like to go drinking straight from the work, because the pubs are closing at 11. In Finland, we might not go out until 11. The clubs are closing at four, so people go to work very tired the next day.
TOTP: Where's the worst place you've been sick after a few too many?
Lauri: Worst place...um. Oh, I once threw up on stage. That wasn't very nice. It was the day after I'd been drinking, at a festival. It was quite embarrassing. We never drink before we go on stage now. It's like a silent rule. We can make a better show without alcohol.
TOTP: What's your best hangover cure?
Eero: You take a hot bath and eat something nice and salty. Drink a lot too.
Lauri: [In scary, husky voice] No, drink some mooooore!


Quelle unbekannt, aber achtet doch mal auf die Statuen . . .



Growing up
LY(vocals): "We met in school 15 years ago and came together through a love of the same music like Metallica and Guns'n'Roses. The circle of people that play music is very small in Helsinki, so we stuck together.
There were a lot of clubs and youth clubs that we used to hang out in. All the small local bands would put on shows at those places. There was one club called Orange that we would go to a lot and we would work in the café there for free, just because we spent so much time there. It was like a second home to us. There was one great place called The Bat where we would rehearse and we got drunk there for the first time when we were 14. We played many shows there on our own and we supported Rancid there.
Unfortunately, though, nearly all of those places are gone now. There are parking lots and the Nokia building where those places used to be. It's sad."

Hanging out
LY: "We always hang out in a bar called Loose(Fredrikinkatu 34) when we are at home. They play good rock music on the jukebox, so we can see our friends and have a few drinks in a nice atmosphere. We also go to Tavastia Klubi (Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6, Tel +358-(0)9-774 67 420, www.tavastiaklubi.fi), which is the main rock venue in Helsinki. All the big rock bands play there. It's been there a long time, and my father used to go there when he was a teenager. It's a legendary place. On a typical night out, we'll start off at Loose then go to Tavastia and then maybe to a place called Lost and Found (www.lostandfound.fi) afterwards. That's a gay bar that has become very popular among all the rock people here. It's open until 4am and has a great atmoshpere. Nobody hassles you for autographs or anything there, so you can just be with your friends and have a good time."

Celebrity Finnish Style
LY: We all get recognised in Helsinki quite a bit. We don't mind as long as people just want to come up and have a chat. That can be quite good. It's a good chance to make new friends and meet girls!"

Making it in Helsinki
Eero:"Coming from Helsinki has made things easier for us as far as being in a band goes. We made it in Finland, which prepared us for breaking internationally. Coming from a small place like this also keeps us grounded and helps us to keep the chemistry within the band solid when we meet problems. It's good for us. In places like England there is so much competition in the music industry, so I don't know if we would have been lucky enough to make it if we'd have come from London or somewhere like that."
LY: "Helsinki has a very good music scene. A lot of rock bands come ehre to play even though it is a small city and the scene here is supportive to upcoming local bands. If we came from a country where it is very warm, where we could have been outside a lot playing football when we were growing up, we would have had different hobbies. Maybe we wouldn't have been musicians."

Sounding Finnish
LY: "We definately sound like a Finnish band. Wwe have something in our music which is typically Finnish-a melancholy air. Some of our melodies and chord changes come from traditional Finnish music too. I prefer to sing in English though. We have always listened to bands that sing in English, so it feels natural for me to do that. The smoothness and the sound of the English language fits in better with the sound of our music."

Helsinki Railway Station
LY:"There are four statues of men holding giant balls at the top of the railway station (+35-30-722930). The balls give off light. When no-one is looking though, the statues kiss and touch each others balls!"

Peaceful Winters
LY: "I love Helsinki because it is so peaceful. I'm more of a winter person and it is winter for a long time here with very cold, dark days. It is very beautiful. You can walk the empty streets and go to the harbour and walk many miles on the ice. It is quite an experience. Very romantic. It's also an inspiring atmoshprere to create music in."

Open-air Helsinki
Eero: "There is so much nature around. You can take a sailing boat and go to the sea and stay on an island. It's very beautiful and worth visiting if you like a peaceful, natural environment."

Midsummer night
LY: "In the summertime we have midsummer night, which is the time when the sun never goes down for the whole night. It's a very Scandinavian thing. It's like an endless twilight. It's weird because you don't have to sleep and people go mad, staying up all night and drinking and having fun."

The rasmus new single 'Guilty' is out on August 9.


The Rasmus: First Finland, Now The World
Wednesday July 21, 2004 @ 01:30 PM
By: ChartAttack.com Staff

by Shannon Whibbs

The Rasmus have been successful in their native country of Finland, and in many parts of Europe for several years. But now they're just beginning to crack Canada and the U.S. Starting from square one across the ocean is hard but exciting for this band who incorporate rock, pop and touches of goth into their high-energy sound. Don't be fooled by lead singer Lauri Ylönen, though. Under the feathers, tattoos and eyeliner, he's just a dude who wants to play rock 'n' roll and avoid a "real" job like the rest of us suckers.

The Rasmus

ChartAttack: You guys have been a pretty big musical force in Europe for several years now. How does it feel to come to North America and playing small clubs again?
Lauri Ylönen: I see it as kind of a positive thing because we've been playing music for 10 years now and done five albums. We've always been trying to break out of Finland and it's been kind of a dream for us. Now it's finally happening with the fifth album and I think that we have learned so much in the 10 years we've been together. If I look back now, even five years back, it wasn't really there. It's not our native language. I can speak English — I mean, I've learned to speak English a little better now.

How did you write songs when your English wasn't very good?
Of course we read English in school, because we have all the idols, like American bands and English bands. The English is perfect, with the guitars and the sound and the rhythm of the language. There's more rhythm. The Finnish language is kind of consey [sic] like, there's a lot of "Euhhhh, bleeah, beeeh" these kinds of syllables. But there's some really good bands in Finland that sing in Finnish. It's kind of a new wave of rock band and metal band who sing Finnish, which is kind of cool.

What's the deal with all the crow imagery, anyway? It's in your videos, your songs, your hair.
The crows are kind of gloomy animals because you can't really tell what they are thinking. And I have a nickname — I've had it like, five years, they call me The Bird, which in Finnish is Lintu.

The album is called Dead Letters and you've described each song as being a "dead letter" to someone. Did you have this concept in mind from the start, or did it take shape as you wrote the album?
It was there all the time in the back of my mind. I wanted to write something a bit more personal this time. I was thinking about my life quite much, being the age of 24-25, like, is this thing that I want to do for the rest of my life? And I said, "Hell yeah!" It's become kind of like a lifestyle for us, being a band. I don't have any experience working or being in school — I quit my school when I was 17 because I wanted to play guitar.

That's pretty young to get started. How has your sound changed over the years?
In the beginning, it was more like skate-punk and I was also rapping, so it sounded more like Red Hot Chili Peppers, but nowadays I've kind of fallen in love with melancholy and these kind of sad melodies. There was a theme on this album that I wanted to write about — things that really hurt inside of me. It's a little more serious for this one.

Yet at the same time, there's a real fist-pumping, stadium-rock quality to your sound. Were you also influenced by those kinds of bands?
We have lots of influences from the '80s. First bands that I discovered big-time were Guns N' Roses, Skid Row, Motley Crue and all these hair bands.

Do you ever listen to Bon Jovi?

I don't want to insult you, but there's a part in "Guilty" that reminds me of "Livin' On A Prayer."
That's a great song! I don't know why, but it's somehow, always the music, big choruses and kind of great and powerful, and it's good because I was so bored! Life after the grunge thing, everyone was trying to be very small and kind of humble and sorry on stage and that's not the way it should be.

Big messy rock 'n' roll?
Yeah, I think if you go on a stage, you're allowed to be a rock star. That's what people want to see. That's what I want to see.


Dieses Interview ist HEILIG

LAST WORDS - Aki / The Rasmus

Nice to see you Aki! What's up?
- I'm doing really well. I was just in London and Barcelona on vacation. I visited many great shops and got to know the culture better. I liked Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia - church in Barcelona. The Rasmus is doing well also. Our latest album sold platinum in Finland and our single is number two in Sweden, so I gotta be happy.

What was the last thing you ate?
- I don't usually eat anything in the mornings, so it has to be something I ate last night. Oh yeah, I think I ate an Easter egg that I had forgotten to my bookshelf.

Last thing you said, that you regret?
- I've hurt people that I care a lot about with some of my words. I like to talk, so when I get excited I might say some things that shouldn't see the daylight.

Last thing you remember from last night?
- I had left my TV on when I was going to bed. There was some erotic show starting on MoonTV that I couldn't help but to laugh at. So I think the last thing before falling to sleep was that I rose up to shut down the TV.

The latest craze that you got excited about?
- Every spring when the streets start filling up with motorbikes, I get a feeling that I want to drive a motorbike license. I would get a black streetbike that would be really fast. I like fast speeds!

What was the last thing that inspired you?
- Spring! When the sun is shining and it's warm, the people change completely! Suddenly everyone's smiling and talking to each other. It's amazing how much we change when the summer is getting closer!

When was the last time you hoped it would rain?
- When one of my good friends was about to sneeze his insides out because of an allergy. If you suffer from a bad allergy the rain helps a lot. The rain is also very romantic element. It would be nice to go to see a movie or go to bed when raindrops are hitting your window. Anyway, I like it outside so much that rain isn't really my thing.

Who was the last person you hugged?
- One girl I like.

When was the last thing you cried?
- I cry pretty often. Couple of days ago when one big and important problem for me solved, I was so relieved I cried.

What's the last thing you do when you leave home?
- I check myself from the mirror. When I've crossed the doorstep I put the safetylock on. Looking myself from the mirror must be looking funny to the outsiders, because my flat's mirror is on so low that I have to bend to see anything. Usually I stand my legs wide apart when the mirror is on the perfect height.

Where have you been left to the last position?
- In a (cross-country) skiing competition! I'm glad that I can ski because many people can't at all. Once we were skiing from school and I started to feel sorry for one boy from my class called Heikki, because he couldn't ski so well. I always stayed and skiid (sp?) with him when the others passed us. It was okay, that we were the last ones but before we had finished, Heikki tripped over in a big hill to a pile of dog troppings. The rest of the way we skiid in pretty mixed feelings because Heikki's pants were full of the thing itself.

What is the song that should be played as the last downbeat song of the night?
- Akseli and Elina's wedding waltz, that is played by a traditional Finnish popband and dedicated to a couples in love dancing in a barndance on a Midsummer's night.

Who will say the best last words?
- Matti Nykänen has had so many flying quotes that we can expect a lot from him. Man who proposes a christian equal division fifty-sixty and states that life is life ("Elämä on laiffia") has given so much to us. If a man keeps his style till the very end, I'm sure the most legendary last words can be heard from Matti!

Last page's last sentence:
- Summer will come and remember that good always wins the bad even with one foot!


Man beachte die letzte Frage *roll* Da hat das Mädel wohl wen zum Abwaschen gesucht . . .

The Rasmus is a Finnish rock band that have been rocking the charts with the single In The Shadows. They will be playing live in KL, Hard Rock Cafe, at 11 pm, on the 19th of July 2004.

Do you guys have any plans to play with anybody since you've played with Red Hot Chili Peppers?
Lauri: Well it would be cool to play with Apocalyptica (a Finnish band who plays cello metal, most famous for their Metallica covers).

Tell us about the video.
Eero: This video was made in Romania, in an old mansion; a girl comes as a servant and sees another level through the mirror. She gets pulled in.
Lauri: We like cinematic videos that are bigger than life and has a mysterious theme to it.

What is the central theme of your songs?
Lauri: Our lyrics are down to earth. They are based on normal daily life. Every album is different. I think for living for the future.

How has your music changed?
Eero: When we were 15, we weren't serious and just played for fun. We played ska punk, funk and rap. As we grew older, we tried different styles. It's now more straight-forward; more melodic. We like this current direction; it feels good with melancholic lyrics.

Would you guys continue in this genre? Do you have songs ready for the next album?
Eero: Yes we have. We have many fast songs with lots of melody.

People link rock with negativity. What do you guys have to say about that?
Eero: Some rock sounds depressing. We have a positive message though; it's kinda hopeful. We encourage people to move on. For some reason however, our sad songs ended up on this album. Since rock is all distorted and loud, people think rock is negative. That's why we get stereotyped with alcohol, drugs and women.

How would you define rock music?
Eero: It's more about groove and rhythm; the energy, for fun.

The video has supernatural elements. Have any of you guys experienced supernatural occurences?
Lauri: Well, since we're touring, we live at night and sleep during the day.
Pauli: We don't have any experiences, but we do have weird dreams.

With the exception of bands from the UK, no one really breaks through. What do you guys think made you break through here?
Eero: It depends on the attitude. Some bands think that there is no market here in Asia. Linkin Park can, because they're doing well.

Why do you think people like The Rasmus?
Aki: Because. (laughs) It's something different from the American sound. We decide what kind of music is on the album.
Lauri: Not many Scandinavian bands are around, so it interests them.

With not many Scandinavian bands around, do you think The Rasmus will affect what people think of Scandinavia?
Lauri: Some band came 20 years ago, and they recently came back.
Eero: We have HIM and Nightwish but they're on the metal side. 5 years ago, people said we couldn't break through.

Do you guys see yourself as representing Finland? Carrying the flag?
Lauri: When we tour, we'll bring a Finnish band that needs exposure.

Have you guys heard any Malaysian music?
Eero: Well when I was in the taxi, I heard a female Malay singer singing a bossanova song. I really liked it.

How long have you guys been around?
Eero: We've been around 10 years; people know us quite while. Our first album went gold. It was only with this album that we gained international recognition.

Who are your influences?
Lauri: We like Guns N Roses, Metallica, Skid Row and 80's rock in general. However, we came from classical background; some of us know how to play the violin.

What will make your concert special tonight?
Lauri: The crowd! Well we're happy. We'll play some older songs, too.

Would there be a difference between playing in Finland and here?
Eero: Every place we'd been to, the rock audience is quite similiar.

You guys have been clubbing. What do you guys think of Malaysian girls?
Lauri: I like! I was just sitting there and a girl grabs my arm and we go.


Ein kleiner Bericht darüber, dass das neue Album erst im Dezember 05 in unsere Plattenläden flattern wird *seufz*

The Rasmus got on Ruisrock sunday a rare in Finland's conditions. Doubleplatinum for Dead Letters album.
At the same time the band played their first one out of two gigs in Finland this summer.
- I'm really nervous, Lauri admitted just a minute before the gig.
- It probably feels funny but on Saturday in Zurich I though all the time that tomorrow we're at Ruisrock, Lauri said.
The Rasmus is busy, soon the band will leave to Asia for a couple of weeks.
- We have gigs in Malaysia and Taiwan, and we will give many interviews.
In December the band is vacationing but before that they will visit in Russia, Hungary and USA. On top of that in the end of August is waiting Reading's classic-festival in England and a festival in Leeds.

New songs

When does the band record the follower for their success album released last year, that has sold 25 different gold or platinumrecords all around the world?
- We have actually six songs ready at the demo stage. We are so impatient that we would have wanted to go to studio already, but we agreed that we will tour until March with the old album.
- Also in here, when you hear good riffs, within couple of hours there's a new song developing in my head. In soundcheck we get to jam them with the whole band, Lauri says but admits that recording the whole album will take a 6 months long break.
That means we can wait for new The Rasmus in December 2005.


Mal was auf Deutsch, ziemlich witzig *gg*

The Rasmus Beitrag von VIVA SWIZZ (mit Outside Festival Interview)
(Sry für die kuriose Formulierung, aber es wurde alles in Dialekt oder Englisch gesprochen)

In the shadows wird eingeblendet:
„Als 2001 ihr Album “Into“ im deutschen Sprachraum erschien, haben alle gedacht, dass sie noch Anfänger seien, doch die Finnen hatten damals schon drei Alben und eine Best-Of-Scheibe rausgebracht und waren in ihrer Heimat schon längst V.I.P.’s.
Am Outside Festival hat Robin sie kurz vor ihrem Auftritt zu Interview getroffen.“

Robin: „Unglaublich, aber wahr, ich sitz’ jetzt hier mit The Rasmus auf der Bank und es ist wunderschön! Hallohallo!“
Eero: „Hallo!“
Robin: „Wie geht’s? Freut ihr euch schon auf den Gig?“
Eero: „Ja, wir sind heute hier in Zürich angekommen, und es scheint ein netter Tag zu sein.“

Funeral Song Video wird gezeigt:
„The Rasmus sind bislang überall in der Welt herumgekommen, haben schon ..... & die RHCP supported, aber ausgerechnet heute ist ihnen beim Reisen ein Scheiss passiert...“

Robin: „Ich habe gehört, dass auf dem Weg einige Dinge verloren gingen?“
Lauri: „Ja, wir kamen aus Schweden und haben auf dem Weg die Hälfte unserer Ausrüstung verloren. Aber wir wurden gerade vom Flughafen angerufen: Das Material wird uns ans Festival geliefert, wir können die Show also durchziehen..

Dann wird wieder gelabert, während das Guilty Video läuft, also, dass ihr erster Auftritt vor zehn Jahren an ihrer Schule war uns so.

Eero: „Ja, wir haben vor zehn Jahren angefangen, in der Schule, in der wir auch unser erstes Konzert gespielt haben. Wir waren Freunde, die aus dem selben Quartier kamen...“
Robin: „Ihr wart zusammen in einer Klasse?“
Eero: „Ja. Am Anfang war es nur ein Hobby, aber dann wollten wir weitermachen, weil wir ein gutes Gefühl hatten. So haben wir immer mehr gespielt und nach einem Jahr haben wir unser erstes Album aufgenommen.“

Sie zeigen wieder ein Video:
„Das erste Album hiess Peep und damit holten sie in Finnland Gold. Danach spielten sie 1996 über 100 Gigs in Finnland, Estland & Russland. Viel Erfolg, also klar, was Robin da gleich als Erstes wissen wollte.

Robin: „Habt ihr mehr Frauen, seit ihr The Rasmus seid?“
Lauri: „Wir haben weniger Zeit für Frauen! Das ist die nackte Tatsache.“
Robin: „Ihr habt alle keine Freundinnen?“
Lauri: „Wir haben alle VIELE Freundinnen! So wie die Matrosen, eine Freundin an jedem Hafen!“

Wieder wird zu einem Video gelabert:
„Wenn das so ist, will Robin auch unbedingt Sänger werden, The Rasmus sind von dieser Idee begeistert.“

Eero: „Vielleicht könntest du unser zweiter Sänger werden?“
Robin: „Lalala“ (Singt eine schreckliche Melodie, wendet sich dann an Lauri) Können wir aus dieser kleinen Melodie etwas machen?“
Lauri: „Warte, ich hole meine Gitarre...“
Robin: „Also, ich singe einen Song mit The Rasmus...“

Wieder wird ein Clip eingeblendet:
„Jetzt haben wir das Geschenk! Ob Robin Lauri wirklich Konkurrenz machen kann?“

Lauri: „Willst du einen heiteren, oder einen traurigen Song?“
Robin: „Ihr spielt ja eher traurige Lieder...“
Lauri: „Yah“
Robin: „...Ich würde einen heiteren Song vorziehen, denn es ist ja auch ein schöner Tag!“
Lauri: „Okay, bist du bereit?“
Robin: „Ja“
Lauri: „One, two, three, four!“ (Beginnt auf seiner Gitarre rumzuklimpern)
Robin: „I’m sittin’ there with The Rasmus
And I don’t know what to do
I’m sing there with The Rasmus
And I have no fucking clue
Probabely I better stop this interview
Probabely is better to say goodbye! Goodbye!”
Alle: °Winke-Winke°
Robin: „Tschüss!“

Wieder Video:
„Aus interner Quelle wissen wir, dass The Rasmus per sofort einen Vertrag mit Robin abschliessen wollten, aber er lehnte ab, weil ihm The Rasmus einfach nicht sexy genug sind“


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