Väistä! stands as command for dodging, or standing aside. That’s how their music sounds like, it comes with full blown volume full of all that good punk rock ‘n roll mixed with hardcore backbone. From known to play drum in Alley Gods and Ill Omen, Teemu, the man behind Väistä!, went and became one of the best frontmen in Finnish hardcore today. Now he sheds a light on what’s up with Väistä!, who have just finished recording their much anticipated full-length!
Väistä! -started as a solo project of Alley Gods drummer Teemu, who did pretty much everything for this band at start, then it turned into a full band, let us know who’s who and what’s up with Väistä?
That’s correct. I started making songs for the new band first in late 2012. The idea was to do straight forward groovy rocking hardcore punk and sing in Finnish. I had the first batch of songs ready in 2013 January. We recorded Demo out of those with Late, but it never got released. After a while I did 5 new songs and I wanted really to make a 7” EP out of those and gather a real band around this. During the fall of 2013 the line-up was ready: I (Teemu) am doing the Vocals, Late is grooving the Bass, Mr. Bango Rickman doing magic on the Drums and mystical Finnish-English Frenchman Frans Clézio is shredding away his Guitar.
You put out two 7”, where from you originally took influences when writing those records and did it affect a lot that the full band was present when writing the 2:nd 7”?
I always have this idea in my head what would the finished song sound like. What would drums do in specific part of the song, where would guitar solo fit etc. I can’t really say what my main influences are in writing songs for VÄISTÄ!. I’ve always listened a lot of different music, mainly Rock n roll, Pop, Heavy Metal, Rap and lot of different punk and hardcore also. We always work the songs in specific way. I bring the finished song to the rehearsals. I play it through with guitar and tell what are my ideas about the drums, guitar bass, guitar solos etc. Then I start singing to the song and the guys just make the song alive with their playing: They add their own spices to it and make it little by little the final version that it’s going to be. So it did affect in a good way that all the guys were present in making the second 7” and you can clearly hear it. Bango can do all kind of things with drums that I can’t even imagine, Late were first time focused on doing great Bass lines and Frans is basically one of the best solo guitarist I have ever heard.
You have also recorded your first full-length record during the summer, what kinda material will it contain, is the direction similar with your previous 7” ’s?
The direction is quite similar yes, but we all agreed that these song are the best we have ever done. Now it’s a full-length album so there is little more variability within the songs than in the previous EP’s: Some songs are more heavy, some are more rocking etc. We are also so excited about the whole process. The album is recorded via analog tape recorder and by far it seems that it is the best sounding record anyone of us have ever done. So expect it to be released late 2015 / early 2016 and expect it to be a BLAST!!!
Väistä is pretty much the hottest punk rock / hardcore band from Turku for some while if you don’t count bands (also fucking exellent) like Kylmä Sota and Kieltolaki, things have worked out pretty well with you regarding shows and all, in the past Turku bands (specially more ”metallic” hardcore) never got that much shows out of town?
Well first of all thanks for this honour. VÄISTÄ! has been very active from the start and somehow people have really found us. Since the first rehearsals with the whole band, we all felt some kind of ”magic”. Things really worked out and the songs really came alive. I think that people in the audience can feel this as well. Also with a catchy name, Finnish language and our live performances, we have gained the reputation we have now. Some Turku bands in the past have been very active and some not so active. You need the right contacts of course and I think that this has helped us a lot also. We all have been in the hardcore scene for about 10 – 15 years and now when we have a new interesting band, people want to see us live as well. We want to thank all for the support and we want to play more and more so don’t hesitate to ask us to play at your venue!
Do you guys have anything special planned up for the show on Saturday, or is it just gonna be pure hardcore punk ’n roll fuck you!? (You should play Blood For Blood -covers, ok?) Thanks!
Hmm that’s an interesting suggestion. Have to keep that in mind for the future. We gonna play a lot of new songs and couple of songs from the previous EP’s also of course. Expect a in-your-face groovy hardcore punk rock n roll show with a feat from one of the best band in Finnish hardcore scene! We are so thrilled to play again in the best event of Turku: KTL-FEST! Thank you!