- Mika – Vocals
- Antti – Guitar
- Jaakko – Guitar
- Tuomo – Bass
- Jukka – Keys
- Toni – Drums
Where in Finland are you from?
Even though Backstabbing Bastard is basically from Joensuu, Finland, our band has spread to other cities also. Our vocalist Mika lives in Helsinki, which is like 500 kilometers away from Joensuu, and our drummer Toni lives in Kuopio, which fortunately is just a one hour drive away from our rehearsal place in Joensuu.
How would you describe your band for those who don’t know you?
A crispy mixture of catchy riffs and sensitive melodies. Delivered with asskicking groove.
When did you form as a group?
Couple of years now with this current line-up. The first full line-up (called “Meatball Explosion”) was formed in 2006.
What was the inspiration for your recent album?
We haven’t released an album yet, but our latest demo, “Shipwrecked” was lyrically about society, and especially the problems societies and the population have nowadays.
I think musically “Shipwrecked” was a natural part of the development the band was going through at that point. The “Of Thieves and Beggars” introduced the more grown up version of Backstabbing Bastard compared to the “Premonition: New Era” and “Shipwrecked” got even more grown up. Some may also say it also got more fat and cheesy, but hey, the working title for one of the songs was “Cyndi Lauper” so what would you except?! The next release will show where Backstabbing Bastard is now in the year 2011.
What other releases do you have?
Three demo CD’s called “Demo 2006″, “Premonition: New Era” and “Of Thieves and Beggars”.
What is your favorite song on your most recent album?
I like “Shipwrecked” the most. It has simple, yet catchy guitar riffs and it works as a total earworm because of its shameless and poppish chorus.
Do you have any gigs coming up?
We are at the moment discussing about several gig dates but no dates are really set yet, except our gig in Helsinki next July.
What’s your favorite type of venue to play?
Although it was fun to play in Ilosaarirock’s (one of the biggest music festivals in Finland) stage personally I think smaller clubs are the best venues. Small and medium sized venues often have the best feeling and you can really communicate with the audience.
If you could play anywhere in the world this week, where would it be?
The Roundhouse in Camden, London popped into my mind because of Opeth’s Roundhouse Tapes. Of course it would be great to perform in London, but actually pretty much any venue would be great, if just we and the audience could have fun and have a great night listening and playing metal.
Do you have a Website, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter etc?
Yeah! Actually all of them. We’ve kept ourselves busy with social medias and we can be found as a band not only in Myspace and Twitter but also in Facebook. Our website is currently under construction, but our Facebook Profile is really active. We actually have both a group and a “personal profile” in Facebook, and especially with our Backstabbing Bastard Members’ profile Mistabbed Crew, we are really connecting with our fans and friends. Backstabbing Bastard can also be found from Last.fm, Hitlantis, Mikseri.net (Finnish site for unsigned bands) and Blogger. I think that’s all of our social media sites.
What are your influences as a band?
Well personally as a keyboardist I’m into all technical stuff and tend to bring all kinds of nice blips and blops into our songs without sounding too industrial or techno. Of course big orchestral things and massive sounds are also fascinating. The influences come from all kinds of different musical genres what I listen to, including bands from the cheesiest pop metal bands to the 80′s pop/rock and AOR and of course modern metal bands.
I think as a band we are pretty much summing up our personal influences into a mixture that is known as Backstabbing Bastard! Every one of us has our own musical taste and every one of us can bring something own to our songs when we are arranging the songs.
People who enjoy your music tend to like what other bands?
At least In Flames, Scar Symmetry and maybe Soilwork also.
All the bands Jaakko mentioned! I would also add Killswitch Engage, Dark Tranquillity, Sonic Syndicate… the list goes on!
Are you signed to a label?
Unfortunately we are unsigned at the moment.
Where do you think you’ll be as a band in 5 years?
If everything goes as planned we will hit bigger stages for more people to enjoy our spectacular show of great music and party party.
…and we have released at least two asskicking albums, of course!
Is there anything else people should know about Backstabbing Bastard?
We are only in it for the money! LOL.
Haha! We’ll not really obviously! But frankly, I think this interview pretty much gives a good idea what Backstabbing Bastard is about, so just check out our songs, stay tuned for our new material (to be released in summer 2011!) and come to see our shows!