This time around we are going to dig deep into the Helsinki underground scene with Bullet Control. Whom do I have the honor to address at this time?
Bullet Control > Almost the whole band: Atte, Toni, Pete and Tuomas.
What was the ignition for Bullet Control? How did you guys come to be in the first place?
Bullet Control > Back in the end of year 2010, guitarist Atte and vocalist Toni got kicked out of another band. The two friends decided to gather a new band, so they started searching for musicians on the internet. The first to come on board was drummer Niklas. It took a while longer to find the other members. During year 2011 bass-man Pete and guitarist Tuomas were accepted as members and some serious practicing begun. That's about the short version of the story.
Was the musical direction clear from the beginning or has it been molded along with the band members? Do you have any running concept to your music?
Bullet Control > At first, the songs were pretty straight-forward rock-metal, but very soon we started experimenting with some progressivity. The song “Old man” must have been the birth to our sound-scape, containing a shuffle-beat and some extreme metal.
What type of contribution do you see that each individual brings to the whole?
Bullet Control > Everybody gets to participate in the song-writing and arrangements. This is the main key to our versatile sounds.
What would you see as the bands strengths and weaknesses?
Bullet Control > Both our strength and weakness is definitely the versatility. Sometimes we shove too much stuff into songs and some people can't handle it. We've heard comments like: “Why can't you be more like the Foo Fighters?”. Some of our songs are kept really simple, to keep it unpredictable.
How would you ultimately describe your music and Bullet Control as a band?
Bullet Control > The genre could roughly be described as alternative rock-metal with an quirky edge to it. The average age of the members is around 30 years. We're also a hell of a live band.
Are there any bands you see as contemporaries in the Helsinki band scene, or the Finnish music scene at large?
Bullet Control > In the Finnish music scene, we'd have to mention old Waltari material. They also used to do cool genre crossovers. We've also been described as “Disco Ensemble on drugs”. Worldwide, we have been compared to Faith No More and System Of A Down.
Overall, how do you see your position in the musical scene?
Bullet Control > We have very little competition in what we do, at least in Finland. We still have a long way ahead, before people get used to us. We're not really crowd-pleasers, even though we do have some hit-potential in our songs.
Out of general curiosity, are you guys self taught, or do you have formal musical training?
Bullet Control > Some of us have very basic theoretical skills, but we're mostly self-taught.
You guys have just been awarded with the release of your debut EP. To my knowledge it was a rather painful and long experience, what can you tell me about the complete process? Any special issues you've learnt to avoid for your next recording venture?
Bullet Control > The recording itself did not take long, but the rest of the process took over a year. The time-table got really screwed. We had problems finding people who would finish what they had started. Next time we will be much stricter with the persons we hire.
You have been flying pretty much below radar for now, how do you plan to exploit the rising fame from your EP?
Bullet Control > A huge load of EPs has been sent to many places around the world. Hopefully record-labels and management agencies will notice us. We're even up for doing facial crème-commercials, if someone asks us to. Hahhhahaaaaa...
As I've witnessed a few of your concerts I'm really interested in knowing how you are planning to evolve the live show. Do you have new songs in stock to perform this coming year?
Bullet Control > New material is constantly being created, so that we can definitely promise. Bigger stages would help us, since we like to get wild during performances.
You have played a great deal of shows in Finland during the last year, how is it for a small, rising, band to score gigs?
Bullet Control > Small gigs are not that hard to get, if you know how to confront the bookers. Bigger venues may require a management agency to pimp you out. We're still waiting for our own pimp.
What does it take to get noticed at all as a band?
Bullet Control > That's the million dollar question! You just have to be active and try to spread the word. If you're lucky, you will be in the right place at the right time. We're still waiting.
Do you plan far ahead, or are you guys just enjoying the ride?
Bullet Control > Near future planning is made for gigs and some small activities. Being realists, we don't plan too far ahead. We also regularly practice to keep the playing in shape.
So, as we are drawn towards the end, where do you see Bullet Control one year from now? How about 5 years from now?
Bullet Control > In a year, we will try to release some new songs and maybe a music video. In 5 years, there will hopefully be at least one full-length album released. We also hope for our fan base to grow wide during time.
Thank you for your time and patience. Do you have any last requests?
Bullet Control > Visit our Facebook-pages, buy our EP and come see our shows. Thank you!