First off: how would you describe The Physicists to someone not familiar with your works? Are there some bands you could be compared with? How about bands that have been a major influence on your sound?
MC > Oh well, I kinda believe that you cannot label your own music. According to reviews,however, we sound like System of a down, Zappa, KYPCK, Type O Negative, Kovenant and Faith no more just to name a few. If I had to add one, Korn has had a big influence. Our musical roots lie kinda heavily on 90īs speed metal as well.
How was the band born? What were the original plans for the band's existence, and how did you find the members to join it?
MC > I created the first loops and made the first recordings like 2005 while still studying at the university. Eerosmith joined next, he was the drummer of FMI:s Spacereserchteams coverband. At first we played with an Italian theoretical physicist, Gravitinus XVI on guitar and the bass was all machine. And then... well band biographies are boring arenīt they? Letīs just say there have been some gifted players on the project, but for a reason or another we are now a trio. F.P. Meridian was found the usual way, through muusikoiden.net.
As the name implies, The Physicists' music is themed around physics, chemistry and science overall. Based on the lyrics' depth I'd assume you're working in a scientific area, or is it just a "hobby" or a major interest for you?
MC > I make my living in da natural sciencefield, but I would consider it a hobby as well. That is I didnīt choose it for the big bucks. Even I am not that fucking insane.
How did you come to merge your interest for metal and physics together - did metal music follow later to create a suitable surrounding for the often disturbing lyrical side, or did these two interests co-exist previously?
MC > Metal was certainly first, Iīve been into it since a teenager.
Are you (or have you been) active in any other bands? If yes, want to share a word about them?
MC > Before science I played in a lot of bands and studied music seriously, Yeah man, I was going for the Rockīn roll dream. But it never happened, and sure as hell ainīt gonna happen now.
Your lyrics are manifestations of morbid interests towards the darker and more destructive sides of science; "Oppenheimer" tells about "bomb dreams," for example. Where do you draw the inspiration for these lyrics & songs?
MC > I find the scientific worldview both intriquing and deeply disturbing. It is also very probably true. You have to remember that mental disorders , alcoholism and suicides are very common among physicists and mathematicians. Itīs dangerous fucking stuff, children would propably be more safe in a crackhouse than in a mathematics class.
Do you aim to shock people, to release your supressed will for destruction, or do the lyrics have a certain meaning at all?
MC > They are all stories with structure and relevance for me. After someone listens to da shit itīs completely up to him/her what he/she makes out of it. I believe that the my view on da song is in no way superior or more true than the listeners'.
Do you think that the songs or the band in general has a message or declaration of some sort? As a comparison I'd like to mention the band "Kuha." and their slogan "For science, against fiction."
MC > Haha. Thatīs a good one. But I wouldnīt consider us a message/against-kinda band. Itīs more of an observe and report thing.
You have some less scientific lyrics as well; "Godfence" is an anti-religious tune, and "Einstein Intoxicated" tells about lust and being wasted. How are these less in-depth-scientific tunes affiliated with your more erudite material?
MC > I donīt consider Godfence antireligious, but I can understand why you do. For me it is more a very sad song about losing faith. The picture in my mind when I wrote Einstein was of him realizing that he cannot combine gravity and electromagnetism to a grand unified theory and that quantum mechanics are real. This happening while he is having desperate drunken sex with a young student girl. Einstein was not a faithful husband, but a very bad boy..
On a related note, what are your thoughts and views on religion - An "easy way out," perhaps? Do you have any interest towards religious views and movements?
MC > I am very much interested in religions. For some years now, before easter Iīve taken a religion for two months and tried to understand, even practice it to a certain extent. Well, last year it was really trying to understand Wittgensteins Tractactus, but is there really a difference?
Along with metal, your music employs a lot of electronics. Were they present right from the start when you started working on the concept of "The Physicists," or how did they become a part of your expression?
MC > It was clear to me from the start that ThE PhysicistS needed to avoid traditional metal soundz. I felt I had musically said pretty much everything I wanted to there in my former bands, besides there are so many extremely skillful metalbands in Finland that we just couldnīt fucking compete!! The electronics came first for the arrangements, we then just kinda lured the traditional Instruments in.
You released your debut album "Observation" a while ago. How has it been received this far, have people understood (or tried to understand) your music? I understood that the album was in the making for quite a period of time, would you like to tell us something about its birth process?
MC > Well, a month ago ( 10.08 ). So far Observation has had pretty good reviews, especially so in New Zealand and US-metal sites. Some of the Finnish netzines I didnīt get, cause I felt they were reviewing our covering letter more than the album itself. But to give quanta, the worst of the reviews gave out 2.5/5. Most surprising of the common reactions to our music for me is that people consider it absolutely insane. I think itīs quite close to MTV-pop in many aspects really. But it maybe that I'm insane then.
The album took about 1,5 years to finish, but we were not pushing for it like everyday, or even every week.. Also the recordings of the actual instruments were made very fast, like in 4 days or so. It was the mixing and the machines that took serious time to handle. At one time it was already mastered and everything, but we were not happy with the results and decided to do everything again with Hiili.
The album has intriquing cover artwork. Would you like to open up the front & back covers for us?
MC > At the front and back there are two children, a boy and a girl getting involved with natural sciences and then inside they are met us adults, working in da field. Haha, itīs as simple as that.
What is your songs' birth process like? I've understood that you're the leading figure of the band, so does the main responsibility for creation lie on your shoulders? Some of the songs on your debut were already present on your debut demo from '06, so it seems that you had no hurry with finalizing songs.
MC > I get an idea, usually somekind of image, or a sentence, or maybe a riff, a joke, a formula, it can be anything, really. If its any good I canīt get rid of the thing and at some point must sit down and try out some loops with it. Usually a few parts of da thing come kinda easy, but putting everything together to form a reasonable structure is time-consuming and hard. Especially fitting the vocals in, I donīt wander at all why are all the main audience technostuff vocals so repetitive and like dimdadam e-e- . Then, after a couple of months and a few nervous breakdowns I carry the shit to exercise and say to Eerosmith, look, could you do this and that beat with this twist or a fill like here in da machines. Then Eerosmith will tell me to go fuck myself.
How did you end up on Inverse Records, and has the label been satisfactory to date?
MC > We had posted the PromoCD to every record company in Finland excpect them., when they suddenly contacted us and wanted to publish the thing. Maybe they hadnīt heard it or something.
What lies in the band's future, do you have new releases or other things in progress?
MC > We plan to do some gigs and get rid of the records.
Now that you've re-recorded your demo/EP-tracks for your album, have you planned making these original tracks available as a compilation-CD or even just as mp3-downloads? I bet there are people interested to hear 'em, especially since some of them sound very different from the final versions.
MC > Must think about that if somebody asks for them. But we are really more worried about getting observation heard now.
I've heard that you've had some trouble with the police when performing live. What happened? What kind of a show do you put on when performing live?
MC > Oh well, yeah, once we kinda played too loud and then there was a case with powderfire extinguisher and one when our other guitarist was thrown with a sandwich and..
You've undertaken some responsibility as a gig-organizer as well. Would you like to tell us something about those activities? What kind of bands should contact you if they're looking for gig-opportunities?
MC > I sell gigs under the name elektrik products, itīs more of a hobby and most of these gigs involve ThE PhysicistS. Interesting, the bigger the better bands wanting to play fucked up underpaid gigs can take contact at the.physicists(at)gmail.com.
Who is your music aimed at, or what are the main reasons (in your opinion) for our readers to take a listen of The Physicists?
MC > Dear readers, we would really appreciate if youīd go to www.reverbnation.com/thephysicists and listen to da shit for 1 minute right now. Who knows what will happen. Thatīs about all I can say.
Just out of curiosity, do you know any other bands with a similar approach to mixing science and music? As I mentioned earlier, I'm only aware of the band "Kuha.," and they're a rather different act.
MC > No, but that doesnīt mean there arenīt any. I have a feeling that science entering popularmusic might be a thing coming just behind the corner I mean think about popular culture in general, like sciencefiction is very big in games, movies, books, why not rocklyrics?
That's all. You have the final words.
MC > Schrödinger went to see Heisenberg, searching for his cat.
- Iīm so worried; he said, I donīt even know is it alive or dead. Please Werner, could you help me the fuck out here and tell me where it is or at least where is itīs momentum headed?
- Oh well, said Heisenberg and kicked Schrödinger's ass.
Thank you for the interview.