Re-Armed from Finland has released a CD with a very special cover artwork and music. As it is their debut we are especially interested in getting a word from Re-Armed about their work. Jouni and Mart was helpful and we are happy to bring you the latest news.
It is your first album after having made several demos, could you please tell a bit about how you started the band? And why did you choose the name Re-Armed?
Jouni: We started the band in the fall 2001. Since the first rehearsals we started to make own songs. Me and Tommi (guitar player / main songwriter) are the only former members in the band in these days. We also mainly handle everything, Tommi makes songs and I write lyrics and handle all the general things. The name is about the attitude, the way how you should evolve in life, how this band keeps wheels spinning on, and so on. You know, kind of 'don't ever give up!' sentence...
When did you start writing songs for Worldwide Hypnotize?
Jouni: Two years ago. There is also two old songs from the Feardrops demo, but these songs are re-recorded for the album. The reason why this album took some time is that we didn't have drummer who is totally in the band. We did many shows with several session drummers and it also effected to song writing process a lot. But, now we have line up that is in balance and we can work forward for the next album. Song writing process for the next album is on all the time.
Do you write songs as a band? Or is there a main songwriter in the band?
Jouni: There is main songwriter and he is Tommi, he makes rare demos in his home as first, or we go to rehearsal place and start to jam on his new riffs. Now, we have also new guitar player (EP Mäkinen) in the band and he is making home demos also. We arrange songs together at rehearsal place and everyone brings own spices in the songs. Ideas will be used or not. That's the way how it has been since the beginning.
What inspires you to write music / lyrics?
Jouni: For me it is live itself. News, media.. just take a look around and you will see twisted world leaded by twisted old idiots! The whole damn system needs to change big time if we want to evolve on. Now we are running backwards and it seems that there is no turning back.
By the way: what bands / artists made you start playing? And which bands / artists are you listening to these days?
Jouni: Punk/rock started my inspiration to play in the band before Re-Armed. Metallica was the first love in metal music and then came InFlames.. These days I listen lots of death metal from all the sub-genres, and there is one great band that I got to name and it is Pink Floyd. It is just damn great band!
Mart: Led Zeppelin made me play, and then Slayer was the band that got me into heavy metal music. Nowadays I listen to all kinda music. From old school hip hop to brutal death metal. I'm open to all music.
How long did the recordings take? Where did you record Worldwide Hypnotize? Who produced the album?
Mart: We recorded the album in few weeks at D-STUDIO, Klaukkala Finland. Jarno Hänninen was the producer on the album in co-operation with us.
I am fascinated by the idea shown in the cover artwork, how did you get that idea? And what is your decision to make this kind of cover?
Jouni: The cover art supports the lyrical idea in the album. So, it was pretty easy to figure out what we want to say with the cover art to people. The main themes on lyrics are: Greediness, manipulation, politics, brainwashing and so on.. And about the style how cover art is done, I personally hate to see those photo shop made cover arts all around with same 'dark' themes. I have always loved to check out booklet and listen music at the same time.
Which songs do you think represent Worldwide Hypnotize best? And why?
Jouni: Tracks... Natural Backlash, Save Yourself, Hoax, The Bridge That Leads Nowhere and Trance. Those tracks will show you all of our faces! Heheh..
Will you make a new CD later? Something where you sum up the best material from your demos?
Jouni: New album's songs are under work all the time, but about demo collection CD, hmm kind of funny idea. Let's see maybe someday we will make some collection from old forgotten tracks.
Will you do a video? Which songs would you like to visualize?
Jouni: We have already video for the first song Natural Backlash. Check it out everyone, it is 'on the road' video from our latest tours around Baltic and so on. And yep, we are planning new video at the moment. Video will be done from the song Save Yourself, and there will be twisted story behind it, hahah. People should really check it out when we get it done, cause there will be lots of messages about people who are paralyzed in their lives.
I guess you already got some feedback. Are you satisfied so far?
Jouni: Yes, we are satisfied about feedback and response after shows have been awesome, but as I said before it is not the main point for us to check out what people are saying about this album in reviews. It is more important to us make music that we like to play and we love to do.
What about playing live? Anything on the way?
Jouni: We will support Chimaira on their The Age Of Hell EU-tour. And we just got confirmation from Metalfest, Croatia. Let's see, there is many 'packages' in the making at the moment!
Do you plan to record some live footage - not talking about ProShots - for YouTube or similar platforms?
Jouni: Yes, we have filmed our gigs all the time and we are going to put live clips on YouTube in the future much more than now. At the moment you can find from our official YouTube channel one official video and two new live clips from the record release party!
Talking about the internet.... Social network is both a blessing and a curse. What's your opinion about it?
Mart: It's a two bladed sword. In my opinion social networking has made it easier for the bands, the clubs and the record companies, In every way. But at the same time, I understand the people who are speaking bad about social networking or not 'approving' it.
Jouni: I agree..
What's next on your schedule? Anything you want to add?
Jouni: Making new songs, rehearsing for the upcoming gigs / tours. Keeping the engine running on.
Thanks to all of you for the support!! Let's see you on the road!! And go and buy our album!!