First off, do describe your style and sound to our readers. What separates you from the countless mass of other bands, i.e. why should I listen to Mindration?
WS > Sound. Style... Mmm... It depends. Everyone makes their own conclusion in the style-question. I think our style is somewhere between modern thrash metal and old school death metal. And the sound... Quite heavy.
What and who are your main influences, and what drives you to make your music?
WS > Entombed and STONE are the two major influences for me. I think people can find something familiar in our music, if those two are something that you listen to alot.
What does the name "Mindration" stand for?
WS > In fact.. Nothing.
You're a young band, and young people too. What originally drove you to the realm of metal music? How did the band come together, and how did it take it's current form - meaning both the line-up and the chosen style?
WS > In my case, it was a band called Metallica. When I was six years old, my dad made a big mistake (*sarcastic laughter*) and bought me a Metallica's Reload-album as a birthday present. After that, I've listened a lot of metal music. Now, 11 years after, I still listen to Metallica.
LM > When I was 10 years old, my brother listened to Slipknot. A young, short-haired and sweatpanted guy was in flames screaming "This is so much more brutal than Eminem". After that came Slayer and Stam1na and I realized that I want to be in a band and then I started to play bass.
Does your band have a main composer and/or -lyricist? How do you usually come up with new songs?
WS > Yes. It's me with my weak language skills and stiff fingers. Our drummer Samuli also composes alot. I don't know how Samuli does it, but sometimes when I'm just foolin around with my guitar, I just come up with some cool tone and/or a riff. When Samuli has some new ideas, he writes those down and sends them to me. We compose most of the songs together.
Speaking of which, what kind of themes do you deal with in your lyrics?
WS > Lots of different themes. Death, violence, war, killing people, drinking booze... Sounds pretty naive though, as the lyricist is 17 years old.
Do you have a message?
WS > Mmm. No.. We're not, or at least I'm not, very consistent people. We just play.
Have your young ages been an issue this far?
WS > That could be an issue. All of us are under 18 so none of us have a driving licence. It's pretty hard to get from one place to another in a land which is fucking huge, and public transport sucks in Finland...
You started out as a melodic "modern metal" band with noticeable thrash influences, but on your second demo your style went to a heavier and thrashier direction and the clean vocals were thrown away. How did you come to take such a change? Do you still perform your older songs live, maybe with the clean vocals and all, or are those songs a thing from the past?
WS > Line up change is the main reason. I brought alot of death metal influences with me. Clean vocals were thrown away, yes, because I suck at singing. (*laughter*). On the third demo/EP, there will be some clean vocals spicing up the shit pile.
LM > Yeah, one and a half year ago we did some change with the line up in the singer/guitarist unit, which means that the whole composing unit changed excluding the drummer. When Wille (s/g) and Panu (g) joined in the band, we got deeper in the dark themes and closer to DM-style.
Do you still perform your older songs live, maybe with the clean vocals and all, or are those songs a thing from the past?
WS > We still play some old songs. "The Grand Escape" is actually a pretty fucking awesome song to perform. Audience knows it and sings along in the chorus. And yes, I sing the clean parts.
You've chosen a middle path of sorts between simpler thrash-aggression and more technical output. What kind of a feel or mood are you trying to deliver through your music?
WS > Asskicking maybe? I think there's no feeling that we're trying to deliver. We play the kind of music which we like ourselves and hope somebody else likes it too.
What kind of an impact do you want to leave on your listener?
WS > Bleeding ears, battered guts. A good taste in mouth.
What kind of feedback have you received concerning your demos and gigs? How do you handle the promotion, or do you do any?
WS > Divided. Some people like, some people dislike. If it's the second alternative, it's mostly constructive criticism and feedback.
LM > All kind of demo- and gig promotion is handled by ourselves with the help of the beloved internet. Is there any better way to spread your music nowadays?
Have your goals and ideals changed since the beginning of Mindration?
WS > I've always thought that music is a great hobby. Why ruin a good hobby by making it a shitty career? My goal is still just have a lot fun and to play some music.
What are you currently aiming to achieve as a band and as individuals within the band?
LM > We just want to fool around. At the same time we're trying to get a little bit of name and perform live as much as we can.
You mentioned that you're currently working on a third release. Will it be a demo or an EP?
LM > At the moment we are composing our third demo and we trying to make it to the studio during upcoming spring.
WS > Demo, EP and Demo-Ep are all the same thing for a band which has no record label. Three or four songs anyway.
What new things and changes will it bring to your sound?
WS > More progressive elements. Some clean vocals. A mixture of Entombed, Kreator and Opeth.
What other plans do you have for the band's future?
WS > Mmm. Trying to stay together. Last autumn I moved away from Middle-Finland so we're not so active as before.
Where do you think Mindration will be in five years from now, if all goes well?
WS > I don't even dare to guess.
LM > I hope that things keep rolling forward like now and before; making demos and trying to get gigs. But five years is a long, long time, there's thousands of things that can happen. But if some record label is interested in us and wants to release some material, that would be a great thing.
It seems that all of you have other musical projects going on beside Mindration. What other projects are you a part of?
WS > My main project now is actually studying music but I'm in a few other bands, that's true. Akana plays thrash also and Pöhä plays pop-metal. Panu also plays in Pöhä. I think Panu is also still singing in one death metal group. Lauri and Samuli also have their other projects. The Decapitated Midgets is maybe their main project along with Mindration. Samuli plays guitar in a thrash metal band called Bringer of Woe.
Is Mindration your main band?
WS & LM > Yes.
Then, the regular questions. What's your view on music piracy?
WS > I think piracy is not a crime. It's a chance. You get your music moving around fast. Therefore bands should concentrate on promoting their live performances. Still, I don't do music piracy. I buy or borrow my CD's.
What will the world be like after 20 years have passed?
WS > Fucked up. People have already started a war because of oil. Maybe 20 years after people start a war because of clean water. But hey, don't buy my thoughts, I'm a cynic.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? You can name more if one is not enough, you greedy, you.
WS > I wouldn't change anything. If you mess up with something, that effects something, and that effects something else, and that effects et cetera... The whole world would be upside down in a minute. Let it roll forward on it's own terms.
Share us your first thoughts about these three little words: music, human, god.
WS > Music - relaxation, human - ape, god - nowhere.
LM > Mindration, destroying, over-offering.
And, of course: did you make any new year's resolutions?
WS > No, i didn't. They don't last.
LM > Same thing.
No more questions, feel free to speak your mind.
WS > Cheers to Mom!
LM > Now I think I'll go and get some food.
Thanks for the interview.