Today, I am with The Psycho Season for another Q&A Session. They are a rock band from Oulu, Northern Finland. They describe their music as “a dark, gloomy rock with slight influences from metal, grunge and classical rock.” They are not signed yet but they have released an EP and two demos the last year and a half.
Now, without further ado…
Lady Obscure: Hey guys. Could you tell me about your band’s history? Who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up? You know, how the journey started, what the members were doing before…
Psycho Season: The Psycho Season was formed during the spring of 2010 and it was formed by drummer Patu Ekdahl and guitarists Raine Kyrö and Simo Lukkari. These three guys had played earlier in a glam metal band, but they did not feel comfortable playing that kind of music, so it was time to create something heavier because they all loved heavier rock, metal and grunge. It was easy to form a new band with friends, I guess. It is always easy to write music with the people who you know and who have the same kind of taste musically.
We rehearsed a lot during the following year and at the same time we were looking for a singer and a bass-player. Within six months we found a bass-player who was perfect for The Psycho Season. Bassist Juho Manninen is an insanely funny guy, big tattooed motorcycle man who loves to talk and most importantly, he loves to play his bass. What comes to singer, it was a hell of a process. We auditioned a lot of singers who had different styles and finally with some luck, we found the guy we were looking for. Singer Lauri Peisterä joined the band about a year after it was founded. With his smoky voice, he completes the sound of The Psycho Season.
Lady: You describe your music as dark and gloomy rock with metal, grunge and classical rock influences sprinkled. Could you elaborate?
PS: To be honest we don’t feel that we belong to a particular genre. This sounds cheesy but it is the truth. All members have their own musical backgrounds and it creates the sound of the band. Some of the guys listen to Pantera and Iron Maiden and some listen to Led Zeppelin and Kyuss. We believe that is just a positive thing, when there are a lot of different styles involved, it always makes the music more exciting.
Lady: How did the music evolve then?
PS: It is just love of music and our Finnish nature that creates the dark sound of The Psycho Season. We make a lot jokes and we are pretty lively people but for some reason, our music is dark and it has a lot of feeling. Maybe we can say that we are not too serious guys 🙂
Lady: Are you happy with the product? I mean, what aspect of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve upon?
PS: Yes, I think we can say we are happy, but not completely. I think you just can never be completely happy about your music. Maybe after five or ten years, but listening too much of your own stuff makes you deaf to it. You just hear all the mistakes and flaws and things you could have done better. But overall we are happy, there have been some nice reviews and we think that our latest EP is solid, not perfect, but solid. We can always improve melodically; it means that we are after catchy and perfect melodies, whatever that means. If the song makes you cry, then it must be hell of song!
Lady: How has the overall reception been?
PS: Mainly positive, there has been a lot of positive feedback and reviews. Also live shows go well, so overall the reception has been good.
Lady: What’s next? Album? Touring? Any international tours?
PS: Next thing what happens is our new EP! It includes four new songs and it is going to be released this spring! We are also going to play some gigs after the release; well we are going to tour the whole of Finland. Hopefully album and International gigs lie ahead. If someone asks us to play abroad, we will do it! Hell yeah!
Lady: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
PS: Both, I guess. Playing live is fun as hell, but also creating new stuff keeps you alive and sane. You just can’t beat that feeling when you hear the song you had written ready for the first time.
Lady: How’s the future looking? Good?
PS: Hopefully good, we are now at the point where we must just go forward. If we don’t, it is going to be tough. Competition in Finland is hard and you must do your best all the time, there are a lot of bands who want to be famous. Also the skills of the instrumentalists are high in here, so we just can’t stop now!
Lady: So, back to your music, could you tell me about the lyrics, themes and concepts you focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process?
PS: We have some sorrowful themes. After all we are from Finland! I think it’s just because of this country and because of who we are. No-one can be happy when you live four months in total darkness. It just makes you sad, but this is the thing we also like. Melancholy is part of Finnish nature; that is just how it goes. Also love, war and drama are close to us what comes to lyric writing.
Lady: Who is composing the songs? Writing the lyrics?
PS: Simo or Raine have usually some riffs or demos when they come to rehearsals. Singer Lauri Peisterä and drummer Patu write the lyrics. Together we make the arrangements, Juho Manninen has also important role what comes to songwriting. He is very adventurous with his bass-playing, he makes some really smooth bass-lines as you hear in our latest EP.
Lady: What bands do you guys draw your inspiration from?
PS: We like a lot of different styles and different bands. Metal, Grunge and Stoner-rock are obvious if you listen our stuff. But there is some classic-rock and hard rock vibes too. Just to name a few bands, Alice In Chains, Kyuss, Pantera, Carcass, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Rolling Stones… the list just goes on and on 🙂
Lady: What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
PS: Haha! This must be a fifty-fifty. Well we must choose the music; it is always the most important. But on the other hand, it sucks to play when there are not enough people listening. But you must do your best every night, no matter what. We just try to write music which satisfy our needs and make us feel good. If people like, they will, if they don’t, we shall rot in the basements forever!
Lady: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
PS: Those are hopefully somewhere in the future. We have had some great gigs, but the best must always be in the future. That is how you make yourself always wanting some more; you should never stop and be satisfied what you have. Same thing with music, you should always try to improve!
Lady: Thanks guys! Anything else you want us to know about you?
PS: We love beer and whiskey!!
So, want to know more about The Psycho Season?
Here is an official video of them performing Down.