mardi 14 septembre 2010

Click + Listen #7 : SATELLITE STORIES

From Oulu, Finland

Satellite Stories are four daring satellite heroes from the arctic city of Oulu, Finland. As well as wrestling with the polar bears, we also like to make some catchy party songs. If you listen carefully, you might hear influences from electronic dance music, even though we don´t play any synths. Our mission is to bring you nostalgia from events that you never really experienced, like the 60s, first kiss from your elementary school crush and the time you and your best friend bought that awesome 45-single and listened it from your parents record player. We play scenes from all of your favourite movies in the form of jangly, anglular, energetic and always danceable indie rock. We want people who listen to our music from records and who come to our gigs to have good time, dance and enjoy life as it is. 

This short introduction was sent to me last week from the Finnish band Satellite Stories. A Finnish band!! I realized that I didn’t know any Finnish band, except the band French Films. I didn’t wait to listen to their three songs, as I wanted to know which nostalgia and which good moments they are supposed to bring me. The thing I did was to move my head and feet at first listen. In seven days, many little music blogs started to consider them to be one of the next bands to watch closely. They are right, each one of their three songs is energetic with guitar riffs and an unforgettable chorus alongside nervous drums and bass. Their songs are reminiscent of Two Door Cinema Club or Vampire Weekend. I hardly imagine people not dancing on these catchy, addictive and fresh tunes.

You’ll find yourselves singing ‘I don’t want to be in Helsinki Art Scene’, ‘Let’s go to Mexico’, ‘Kids are not safe in the metro’.

I wanted to know more about this band, but didn’t find anything new. The best way to know more about this band was to contact them by mail. Marko from the band kindly answered a few short questions.

You are a four-piece Finnish band from Oulu. Sorry, I never heard of this place, so I googled it and found that it's Finland's 6th largest city, the average temperature is between -9,6°C and +17,8°C... Is there anything else I have to know about this city?
Oulu has the biggest youth unemployment rate of the Finnish cities. Most of young people living in Oulu are massive heavy metal fans. 2 members of our band are actually from eastern border of Finland from the snowy town of Taivalkoski. 4000 people live in Taivalkoski. 

The 1st thing I noticed after seeing your pictures is that you look quite young, how old are you? Do you still study?
Our average age is something like 22. We look young, I know. We won't get into bars without showing our id's. We all study in university. When we grow up we are going to be teachers, mathematicians and librarians. 

The basic question: why choosing Satellite Stories for a band name? 
I don't know the origins of the name, but I think it is memorable and rhymes very well.  

What are your names? It's funny how you called yourselves Weather-Satellite, TV-Satellite, Search and Rescue-Satellite and Navigation-Satellite. Why doing this? 
Our names are Esa, Marko, Olli-Pekka and Jyri. I don't think our satellite names have any kind of epic background story behind them. We just think it would be fun to have satellite names when our band is named Satellite Stories. 

Could you tell me more about your band? When did you begin to make music together, how did you meet each other? 
Our bassist Jyri and singer Esa are long-time friends. Esa met the drummer Olli-Pekka during a boring lecture in the university of Oulu and they started to talked about music. For a year the band had also a guitarist called Taneli, but he was too intelligent to play in a rock band and moved to study to another town. When Taneli left the band Marko auditioned for the place of guitarist. Marko and Olli-Pekka had played together in different band before.

How do you describe your music?  
When we make songs, we always think that how to make people dance. Our drummer says that our music is electronic music without synths or any kind of other electronical elements :D We call our music also as "party indie". Important elements in our music are danceable rhythms and catchy melodies.

You wrote on your MySpace that your influences are The Wombats, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend and Phoenix. You do sound like these bands, but also like the young new bands French Films and Last Dinosaurs. Have you ever heard of them? They're very good.  
Each of us like different kinds of bands. Those influences on Myspace are bands that we all like. We often also disagree which bands sound good. We have heard of French Films. They're okay!

You sent me songs from your upcoming EP. When will your EP be ready? 
Our EP is ready. We are still working on the release of it. Our EP has 4 different covers! We were not sure which one to choose so we chose all 4 :D

Do you often make shows in Finland? Have you ever played elsewhere? 
We play in Finland few times a month. We would love to play in other countries too.

Do you have something else to tell me? Anything you think is useful to let my readers know. Favorite music websites, bands you're listening at the moment, etc... Anything you want. :) 
We are unsigned and looking for a record label :D Our favourite music site is of course amazinglyblog. 

Thanks Satellite Stories! :)
If you’re in Finland, catch them in gigs ! As they said, they’re going to release soon their debut EP including one secret song. I hope that we will hear more Satellite Stories also in France! :) [edit : they performed in Paris !]

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