You Can’t Keep Me Down (short YCKMD) have been one of the best bands in Finland for a good while now, they started as a heavy hardcore juggernaut, but have ventured into far beyond all genre obstacles ever since in their music. Having been following them almost right since they started, it’s been great to see these guys become something else, as they have progressed so much with each release. YCKMD has delivered every time they play and they have been frequent guest on KTL Fest in the past and this year we are again thrilled to have them play! Here’s their latests;
You guys have been laying a bit low lately, aside playing sine shows there and there (like that one with MADBALL, which was sick!), what are you guys planning on, is there a new release coming up or something?
We like to slow things down for the summers. Less rehearsing – more relaxing!
But yeah, we’ve got a few songs ready. We have played some of them live on gigs, too. There will be a release once we have enough material and we feel ready to do it.
Cold Dark Mind is one of the hardest records that has come out from Finland for a long time, how people have received the LP and has it affected to the band anyhow, more shows etc.?
Thanks! When the record came out we were just so relieved that we managed to pull it off. It took such a long time to craft it, you know? Songwriting, recording, pressing, all that stuff… All the time and effort put into it was definitely worth it – we are very pleased how it turned out. It’s far from being sold out, so get it if you don’t have it yet!
We guess the record has been received quite well? At least we’ve had more gigs than before. We haven’t really got that much comments on it. Silent approval? (haha)
Apparently we’re big in Russia, because the record was distributed through various MP3-forums just days after it was released. That was weird!
What’s up with Lohja these days by the way, regarding hardcore & punk, is anything happening there aside you guys?
Nope. Very few bands overall around here these days. Or if there is, we don’t know about them! Except for, of course, VÄSSYKÄT!! It’s a wuss punk/pop punk/pussy punk band, same guys as in the old YCKMD, minus Jere. Lineup is: Jukka (loyal chauffeur, merch dude, friend, jack of all trades) on drums+vox, Oskari & Tomi on guitars+vox and Allu on bass.
Do you have any plans for touring in near future, any hints what is the direction the band will be going musically in future?
There has always been talks about touring, but we haven’t really planned anything. It would be quite a feat to arrange everything – and we really suck at arranging things!
TKU-LOHJA for life! Can’t wait to see you smash it up at KTL!
Alright!! Just one more week and it’s ON!