New Interview: The Ultimate Punishment Mobile
Interviewed by Heili and Kaheli
What can one expect to find inside the tour van besides the obvious equipment and members? Shag carpeting? Fuzzy dice? Scooby snacks? What? Inquiring minds would like to know…
It’s classified, if you want to know you must get in.
Describe to us what a typical TUPM show is like..Any craziness backstage? Wild audience?
Some drinks before the show to get in the right mood. The Audience usually gets wild somewhere in the middle of the show after they figure out what we’re all about. More drinks after the show, and usually next morning no one is on time to load out the stuff, you know the drill.
To spice up my act on stage I sometimes do yoga and other funky shit like fu-manchu, feng-shui or kama-sutra. It may sound boring but it ain’t, believe me 😉
What has been your most memorable show ever? Why is it the one you remember over any other?
All our shows are special and I bet we all have troubles remembering any of them. I can assure everyone that if we play same stage twice, check out both shows.
Besides, TUPM, we know that each of you are currently in other bands. How does TUPM differ from them? Does it cause any distractions for you with juggling commitments between them and TUPM?
No, who ever books the date first gets it. We all use same backline, van, drummer etc. so there are no commitment troubles. We’re all equal parts of one huge performance which has no name, but what could be called the Boat Island Experience. TUPM’s part in this circus is to give us a new way to approach world surrounding us.
What made you decide to experiment with a new sound/genre? Is punk music something you’re all a fan of?
We didn’t choose punk, we just played and it felt like it was already there, inside all of us. Maybe punk chose us?
What kind of musical background do you guys have? Such as how long have you been playing and what other instruments do you play?
I got my first drumkit in 1996, so that’s 14 years of blisters and broken cymbals.
I’ve been playing guitar since ’95, and I can play yankee doodle on mandolin.
I’ve played few notes with bass and guitar during last 17 – 18 years but Kimmo has more experience than any of us. He’s also an ambulance driver.
We see that 3 of you are brothers, how do you cope with the artistic differences? Is there any sibling rivalry between you? If so, does this make Kimmo ‘The Enforcer’ ;)? What is Kimmo’s thoughts on working with you guys?
I’ve known the brothers so long time, that I’m just like one of them.
Amen to that and the whole point in this is that TUPM writes the music, we’re a band not bunch of guys playing together.
You’ve described your music as a good reason to drink, why is this? What would you consider a good reason to drink?
All our music is conceived under the influence of alcohol and that’s the way it should be received too.
Besides our music the best reason to drink is to get rid of that f’n daily hangover!
Did it make you nervous when we told you we like to research before interviewing?
No. We believe in what we do, it’s easy when you don’t fake.
Tell us something about your upcoming DVD. When can we expect to see it released? Do you have any plans to release a CD too?
We’ll release the DVD when we’re ready, we’ve got almost all the material in it, all we need is the time to glue the stuff together. I believe this won’t take long.
What is it like in the studio when you’re recording? What kind of atmosphere do you guys have? Crazy fun? Serious?
The Atmosphere inside Boat Island Studios (where we do our records) is usually a great mixture of crazy and serious. I mean everyone really works hard there but that don’t mean we cant have some beers while working, like Johnny said all work and no play makes TUPM a dull boy. And if the partying gets too hard we just turn off our amps and crack open the Jallu’s and continue the recording the next day.
Do you think having your band on a label is important to the success of the band? Or is success more defined by what you love and give to your fans?
The band makes the music and feed the heart that beats. Labels can help promoting, but they usually don’t do anything you couldn’t do by yourself. I believe that in the long run, it’s just the music and the attitude that matters. When it comes to the music and communicating with fans, every band is on the same line. When you’re on stage or having a beer somewhere there’s no one to back you up but your band and good friends. Some bands will be remembered by the people, some will be remembered by the pop-charts and company executives.
We’ve noticed that it seems to be a growing trend in Finland for a band to have its own studio and/or label. Why do think this is happening?
Bands want to steer their own carts. Major labels and the industry is clearly heading for single releases, which seems to suit some artists. The more traditional bands want to write albums and tell longer stories, and if you won’t get support from your label to do that, it’s easier to put up your own label than start a fight with a wind mill.
Who does your mixing and mastering? Do you guys handle it yourself or do you outsource it to another professional?
We’re blessed to have one more brother to take care of this, Antti.
What’s the weirdest thing that has inspired you to write a song?
Jesco White, check out the song Simple Man, song was written back in ’06, before the shit that’s going on with him today.
In Finland is it legal to travel down a road in reverse, as long as your following the direction of the traffic? Have you ever tried it?
It might be legal, but surely it ain’t the fastest way and if you’re not fast you end up last… When the light turns green on the closed route/track there’s no god damn reversing.
Do Finnish prison buses have emergency exits?
We don’t have prison buses here, too few criminals for that. We’ve got vans, without emergency exits.
If you could have a beer named after you, what would it be named? And whay type of beer would it be? Stout? Lager?
Actually we talked about this last week in rehearsals and it would definitely be called The Ultimate Discharge. Dark lager beer, probably with some nuts swimming in it.
Do you think a cannibal can be arrested for drunk driving if he’s driving after having eaten someone who was drunk?
You do the crime, you do the time, and in this case double time!
Also, as you may or may not know, we have a cyber bus here at Finnish Underground Radio known as ‘The Short Bus’ and Heili is always the driver 😉 What we were wondering is if you guys are up to a drag race challenge. Your tour bus against The Short Bus? Just a word of caution though, Heili’s been known to whip donuts in the middle of a race so if it’s a tight race, it could get ugly.
Timo is our main man when it comes to racing, unfortunately we don’t have any plates for our execution van so we have to wait ’till the summer to race. Whenever there’s a competition, no matter what, we’ll get drunk and sign up! Competition = no rules = we are in!
Our last question…We like to refer to it as the ‘personality’ question. Boxers, briefs or commando? What’s your thoughts…
Well I prefer Predator. Don’t get me wrong Commando was a great movie but Arnie did some great butchering in Predator…
Going commando in winter time means going eunuch since you freeze your balls off.
Any last thoughts or comments you would like to add?
I want to use this chance to officially apologize to Mr. Tapani Ollonen, from Free Ride, that because of my mistake his name is not on the album. Without his magnificent backin’ vocals my job would have been much harder. And to everyone else who read this far, remember “all different, all equal”.