Something from The Wipers, something from Hurriganes, and something learned through years of playing punk and punk rock... Is this what Atom Notes sounds like in your opinion, or how would you describe your music and sound? What is it that separates you from the mass?
A > Well, that is how we try to describe our music. I think there are variety of tones there. We donít want to be separated from the mass, we are deep in it.
What does the band's name represent?
A > The bands name represents something we all agreed on when we tried to name the band. It just sounded good to our ears. Only afterwards we learned that it was something to do with physics or studies of physics, eh...?
Your label says that Atom Notes was born from the ashes of two other bands, namely Endstand and Manifeasto Jukebox. I guess that the truth behind Atom Notes' forming is not as simple as that, so would you like to shed some light to the story of your birth?
A > We started very shortly after Endstand and Manifesto Jukebox split up. But I think Atom Notes would have seen the light of day in a form or another whether those band would have split up or not. Pretty much everybody in the band had been having thoughts of playing music something like this. But i think you could say that the initiative to form Atom Notes came from Heikki and me.
You said that Atom Notes was meant to play rock'n'roll instead of the punk which you have mostly played this far - although you haven't fully shed off of all the punk from your music. Pardon me for saying this, but is Atom Notes some kind of a therapy- or a feelgood -based project, or do you have some greater goals with the band?
A > The way i see it that "punk" is rock'n'roll also, but to me it is easier to relate to. I think, that at their best they can be very close to each other. There's no intention to "play that instead of that" with this band, sorry if i made such impression... We do what feels good to us. This is a therapy and feelgood band and/or a project among other bands we play in.
I think it's safe to say that Atom Notes is more well known due to it's members and their history than the music itself, especially as the project has only around two years of age. Have your past activities in the punk-scene been a blessing or a curse this far? You also have some other current band activities, more of which later.
A > Some people that have been listening to for example Manifesto Jukebox perhaps like our music, but some people have also felt a bit alienated from Atom Notes, thatís what iíve heard at least. And that is ok. We just like what we do, thatís all there is to it. Iíve also met a few people at Atom Notes gigs who i have never seen on MJ shows. Iím sure that the "reputations" of the past bands helps us to some extent and i canít see no harm in there.
Your first release is a very promising 7-inch (reviewed here), which was released last year through Combat Rock Industry. How has it been received this far?
A > Thank you very much. We have heard mostly good reviews about it.
The EP is housed in a very bare packaging: it has no cover arts and there's no lyrics included. Why did you decide to release the EP this way, was it to keep it's price affordable? Will you keep it this way in the future, too?
A > Actually it was more expensive than a "regular" four color cover! We thought it would look good for our debut and we still think it does! Donít know how the future releases will look like. Hopefully good.
Could you tell us something about your lyrics? While on topic: does Atom Notes stand for or support any ideals or ideologies?
A > The lyrics deal mostly with human life and are sung with the music we like to play. They are as important as music. This band is like a good pizza. It has the basic elements crowned with our favorite toppings.
How has the debut EP spread outside Finland this far? I was just wondering, because you mentioned that you're aiming to make a tour in Europe at some point. Do you have some following there already through your previous bands, or do you have to build your name and fame starting from zero once again?
A > I really donít know how the EP has spread anywhere, I think combat rock still sells the first pressing of 500? But what iíve heard that singles, ep's or 7Ēís are not enjoying that much attention as full lenghts in general. Some of our old friends outside Finland have liked our E.P. There are thousands of bands trying to get some attention out there and it is very hard to make your name remembered. I think it wont be much easier for us either. I guess if weíd measure it on 0-10 scale, weíll propably start from two. But that is also due to the fact that we are a bit more experienced than the bands going for their first tour. There will propably be 5 or 52 people on the shows, thatís how it is. Nevertheless weíre definitely looking forward going there!
From which group you have more following: punk- or rock-listeners? Is either of these in your "target audience" so to say?
A > Which is which? Our target audience are the ones with the ears.
You said that you're currently writing material for a longer release. Will it be an EP or a full-lenght, and how's the writing process going? Can you already tell us something about the new material, for example how will it differ from the songs on your debut EP?
A > Two newer songs that are planned to be on the LP will be released on another four song 7" among two older songs. They were recorded for "Veli Kapisen musiikin erikoisohjelma" radio show at Yle M1 studios here in Finland. Originally they were ment to come out just on Veliís radio show. A lot of the material for the full length is still a cloud of blurry smoke. We have a lot raw material, bits and pieces but the work is still to be done. But i know i wonít be fooling you if i say you will most probably hear Hurriganes and US west coast punkrock influences along with some Chuck Berry rip-offs on it.
When I saw a live gig of yours, one which really showed me that you're experienced musicians, there was one thing that caught my attention: you have a whole three guitarists. How did you come up with this idea, was it something that you had to really work on to make the guitars function together or was it more of a thing that just clicked to it's place without too much effort? Do all the guitarists have their own place and/or "mission" in the band, or are the guitar parts worked on one song at a time?
A > Thank you. Canít remember how we came up with it really, we all just wanted to play and thought it was a good idea to have three guitars in the band. In some cases things just click to their places and some cases we are still trying to arrange the pieces in to a one working piece you could call a song. Pretty much everybody are making music in this band and how they do it differs from each other. As for playing guitar, of course a lot of weight is lifted on Samuliís shoulders cause he is very good at playing rockíníroll solos, uh! Altogether we benefit from three very different guitarplayers and sounds. I think thereís no set pattern for each guitarist to follow, every song is done individually with unconditional attention and care it needs.
You've played cover songs on your gigs from the most influential bands considering this project, such as The Wipers and Hurriganes. Do you have plans on recording any of these?
A > No plans to record the cover songs.
Some of you are currently active in some other bands such as Abduktio, Deathbed, Last Calls, and Cold Call. How do you manage to find the time to give your maximum input to all of these bands? Would you like to tell us a bit about these projects, and maybe something about their current situation too?
A > Deathbed released their second full length (reviewed here) couple of months ago on Combat Rock and have been getting good response with it, which they well deserve. Abduktio are making new stuff and are planning to record at some point, I heard that this album will close the trilogy they started with "Tuli.." LP. Last Calls are also recording for their first album, weíre slooow. Hopefully the schedules donít clash too severelyÖ I really donít know whatís up with Cold Call. Their drummer lives in UK. I guess that slows them down a bit? I think all of us have our productive eras and not so productive eras. In general at this age you spend more time trying manage yourself and your life. Playing in bands is a way of life in a way and on the other hand it is just a too expensive hobby. We try to meet and rehearse on regular basis and have been able to find some time for the band so far. I think most of us have been in bands more than a half of their lives now and I think iím not the only one who would like always to be in at least one. Not doing this I think would feel very strange. As stupid as it may sound.
Regulars. What's your view on music piracy, and on official digital releases?
A > I buy my records on vinyl and i canít buy as much as iíd like to. Iím not into downloading and not paying for stuff. Thatís how i look at it, everybody decides for themselves. I use Spotify sometimes...
If you could change one or two things in the world, what would they be?
A > People would have their faces where their butts are and the other way around.
Your thoughts about these things: Music, Human, God?
A > Human is a specie that invented music and many gods, eh... Sorry, this is a tough one to answer properly... Music to me is one of the best ways to make my time pass pleasantly. I think about it constantly, and it pretty much has involved in every decision iíve made in my life so far.
And then it's the time to shout your commands: why should our readers listen to Atom Notes?
A > I don't see a reason they wouldnít give it a try?
The word is free, say what you like.
A > Thank you very much for the interview, thanks for reading, all the best!
Big thanks for taking your time to answer our questions, and good luck with writing- and recording process!
A > Thank you!