What about the experimental funk (also vocal experimental) we listened to in Peep? Have you changed your attitudes or it’s only changed your way to the music?
Lauri: When we recorded Peep we just getting started with music and it was just to play something really fast, it was mostly about the energy, not so much about the melody or the mood. That’s why we got into funk and we were listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Supergroove and this kind of bands; then later we started to like different things and it’s been slowly involving into the music that we do now.
Aki: I think the big change was in 1999 when I enyoied the band and the focus after that was more about the melody I guess.
When you play in acoustic you look like The Eagles in Hotel California…I’m joking, but I think your acoustic covers are very cool. Why don’t you organize an acoustic tour?
Lauri: We have played an acoustic tour in Germany in Hard Rock Cafes in 2008, actually we have good memories of that. It was really nice to play only acoustic because think it’s really relaxed and we can talk with the audience more, it’s more interactive than play loud all the time. There is possible we’ll do it one day and it’s also more spontaneous and it’s more careless, not a bad idea.
Why don’t you play keyboards in the acoustic part of the gigs like in 2004?
Lauri: Actually we thought about that for this tour but frist of all I didn’t have the right keyboard, I have the big one, it’s like 25 kilos and I don’t want to carry it (laughs). It’s different if we would do an acoustic tour one day and I’ve visions already now to play like Tori Amos type of versions of “No Fear”, really like moody versions of the rock songs, it’d be great.
Aki: He’s a really good piano player, I like his style, you should do that (talking to Lauri).
Has your music increased finnish music scene?
Aki: Absolutely, we have a really widely music scene in Finland, we had a lot of good bands like Apocalyptica, HIM and Sunrise Avenue. Also the school system is supporting band and there’s drums and guitars in every school and you can try different instruments.
Maybe that’s why there’s so good bands, for example here it Italy there isn’t something like that.
Aki: But you play football, we play music, because when there’s a lot of snow and we stay inside and we should do something that you can actually do.
Lauri: And Dead Letters is the most sold album ever in history in Finland and the most sold Finnish album worldwide, definately it takes Finnish music out and people are interested first about our band and then they Google “The Rasmus” and it cames out other bands; it was also been helpful for us to be touring with HIM back in the days, get some support from them and get started.
Why the first title of the last album was “Kissa ja Hiiri”?
Lauri: Actually we had a riff guitar and it sounded like a cat that was running after a mouse so it’s called “Kissa ja Hiiri”.
Aki: I think we did a big mistake because we chose “The Rasmus” as the album’s title, it should be “The Rasmus Kissa ja Hiiri”.
Lauri: Yeah, it should be, and secretly it is.
Aki: And don’t tell anybody!
The gig’s setlist of this tour is almost always the same, why don’t you play more different songs?
Aki: We only play the songs we like.
Lauri: We try to play at least one song different every night.
Why “Mysteria”-sound is more like Lauri’s solo album than The Rasmus’ style?
Lauri: It sounds because it has the techno ending, but it’s just one single song, not the new The Rasmus’ style or anything, we just wanted to make a song like that and we’ll see how we continue from here.
We are thinkin to have a little break next year, but also at the same time it’s nice to be on this tour, we’ve been talking about the next album a little bit like what should it be and kind of getting into the mood and maybe it’ll take two years before it’s out or even more. We are quite critical about what we put out so we might have written 35 songs and then 10 comes out, but usually those ideas stay in the back of our minds and maybe become something else later and maybe it’s not the right time for them to be on the album. Sometimes the songs develops in more than 10 years.
Last April with “The Rasmus” release you said many times that you wouldn’t wait too much time between one album’s release and another, so why now you’ve decided to take a break?
Aki: In the beginning of next year we’ll do some gigs in Latin America and next autumn Lauri will release his second solo album so it’s natural to have a break with The Rasmus and also we need to do the songs, we cannot do the songs and record them on tour, so it’s good to have a break a little time off.
Lauri: Yes, because if we say that we’re available we’d be requested for gigs and there won’t be focus to writing new material, it’s better to pull it off and come back with the new album and a new tour.
In every album there’s at least one song that talks about hope for the future, do you really think there’s some kind of light at the end of the tunnel?
Lauri: Of course, we’re quite optimistic dudes.
Aki: We’re really positive guys, sometimes looks not so positive but we’ve a really good sense of humor and in the end we’re extremely positive guys.
Lauri: I think we talk about all kind of tragical things and sing about them and really get deep into them, but somehow deep inside we think we can overcome on this things.
Interview made the 16th of November in behalf of the Italian portal www.italiainmusica.com