Väistä!

Mukaudu


Väistä! is without a doubt the best hardcore punk band that has emerged from my town of Turku in many years. Originally masterminded by Alley Gods & Ill Omen -drummer Teemu (aka Roippe) solo project, Väistä! started few years back and has put out two 7″ records, but also grew into a full fledged band during the process. After Alley Gods went into hiatus and Ill Omen was going on/off, around 3/4 years back, Teemu had his project already ready to go on in full blast, at least on idea level. Soon after recruiting guitarist and long time friend Lauri (from Alley Gods) to help tracking what would become Väistä! S/T 7″, he probably never guessed how well this little project would storm over whole hardcore/punk scene. Drawing influences from all kinds of groovy hardcore punk, early 2000’s Boston “bust” hardcore (Guns Up, Mental, Righteous Jams and such) and classic driving rock ‘n roll, combined into “every day man’s problems” -lyrics screamed fiercely in Finnish, Väistä! have developed a proper recipe for how to jam hard and deliver. First 7″ record was an early success and was well received, as second 7″, Sivuraiteilla (Sidetracked), followed soon in an year and it was as successful as the first one. In this point the band had already regular solid line-up (Teemu -vocals, Lauri -bass, Lari -drums and “the mysterious frenchie” -guitar) and they went on playing shows all the time, with all kinds of bands all over Finland. Last summer Väistä! concentrated in writing and recording the record everyone has been anxiously waiting as next chapter in Väistä! discography, the first full-length: Mukaudu (Conform) LP.

Funny fact, we offered to release Mukaudu LP on Killing The Legacy Records together with the band, but as Väistä! got better deal from two local labels, Burst Of Silence Räkälevyt, they decided to go with them. I’m just glad that the guys have the record released and are happy with the deal they did with the label, but as how good record it really turned out to be, i would have been happy to be the one who put it out, haha.

Mukaudu LP is offering us ten new Väistä! tracks, few of these might be familiar to those who’ve seen them live recently, such as; Humalistonkatu and Unelma Auringosta -that was also first single off the record as a video (see below). Record will be on a gatefold sleeve and will be out on couple different colors for the collectors. As an intro to the album starts with Pysäkki 955 (Bus Stop 955), that is an instrumental prelude with violins and acoustic guitar, ending into a buss opening it’s doors and then, it’s time to bust it! Humalistonkatu (that is of course a street name in Turku) kicks in trademark rocking Väistä! groove, it’s a song about drinking out and living the dream in weekends. Unelma Auringosta (A Dream Of Sun) continues and starts to build on the sort of lyrical theme of the album, a worker, work itself and how it affects everything. Tässä Ja Nyt (Here & Now) brings in another old bandmate, as Oskari from Alley Gods steps in to drop lines in this track, giving it a bit of Alley Gods feel of a song too. There has to be a fix for the old school fury too and here it’s position is filling Työläinen (Worker) where the pace is stepped up into old school hardcore bursts, combined with heavier breaks, while in lyrics the common workman is judged by the bosses for being stupid for accepting his own job contract. Mitä Jos? (What If?) starts up with bit melodies in riffing, it’s riding nicely with sick guitar solo and ends up with certified mosh starter breakdown. Ahneel On Paskane Loppu (Greedy Has A Shitty End) features Niko from Upright (who also put an stellar 12″ out a while ago, yeah review is coming too), dropping some raspy growls and it’s weird to hear him singing in Finnish, even it sounds great. Kultasormi (Goldfinger) is not an James Bond song, but an essay about how fat rich people need to make the most money out of anything they are into, oh yeah it’s also an sick punk rock jam too. Totuuden Henki (Spirit Of Truth) throws in hard ‘n heavy riffs that drive even in nice mid-tempo heaviness towards the end of song. Rankkaa (It’s Hard) ends the album with a song about people complaining about meaningless things and it features again some nice leads from Mr. Clezio (the guitarist).

Väistä! have the perfect balance between rock ‘n roll drive and hardcore fury, the mosh artists have not been forgotten and still there is speed and roughness that punk and rock -folks can appreciate. That all put into really great lyrical content (that’s unfortunately only in Finnish), Mukaudu is definitely an record that i recommend every fucking one to pick up! Most of Väistä!’s songs are over in barely few minutes, so even just i picked the records yesterday (mint green and black available), i’ve listened it through already so many times and getting really psyched about these songs, it’s such well put together album. It feels like the record is already over when you put it on and flip in the middle, some would say it’s too short or something, but i find it to be excellent length and just advice you to put the needle back on on continue to jam on this, as this is quite probably the best Finnish hardcore punk LP this year.

Why believe me, go see them live, listen and judge them yourself, here’s few tracks off the album (and their both previous 7″ are found on their bandcamp):

Väistä!  – Unelma Auringosta -video

Väistä! -Bandcamp

Väistä! -Facebook

KTL Fest 2015: Väistä!

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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!

Väistä! -bandcamp

Väistä -facebook

Killing The Legacy 30’s Birthday Bash

Yo, this has been up on our Facebook fro a while, but i’m gonna fill it also here so if anyone interested can attend too;

IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND THE SHOW, PLEASE EMAIL: killingthelegacy@gmail.com, YOUR NAME and then we’ll let you know more about everything. 

 

Killing The Legacy 30’s Birthday Bash is a combined birthday for me and Hanna, since we both turn 30 this year, inside a timeline of couple months, so we decided to put a show this year instead of 2-day event. 

Venue and address for it will be informed later, the date is 20.9. Saturday and place to be Turku city. 

 

Bands; 

Brain Rot – Turku Straight Edge Hardcore, first show ever

 

Väistä! – Turku Hardcore, fast and hard rocking’ stuff

http://vaista.bandcamp.com

 

Ronskibiitti – Rap/Hip-hop group that is more punk than most punk bands

 

Cross To Bear – Pori Metallic Hardcore mayhem, from ashes of Breamgod comes a new metallic juggernaut

http://crosstobear.stereokiller.com

 

Kill The Curse – Tampere/Helsinki/Jyväskylä all-stars, metallic hardcore that’s vicious and groovy as fuck 

http://killthecurse.bandcamp.com

 

We’ll inform door times etc. to everyone attending next week, support for the bands is 6€. 

More info (in Finnish) at our FB page. Remember to email us if you want to come! 

 

 

 

Väistä!

20140327-130243.jpg Trying heavily to catch up on all great music that has been coming steadily after i put KTL to hiatus. One of those new, upcoming and promising as fuck -bands is Väistä!. They come from my homefront, Turku and feature also a old band mate of mine, from Ill Omen days. Väistä! (Dodge!) did start kind of as a solo project of frontman, Teemu and came into being as he recruited fellow bandmate from his other band, Alley Gods, Lauri to record guitars and bass for the session, that would become Väistä! S/T 7″. After they had recorded the 7″ and it was ready to be released, Teemu got together with some other familiar faces from local scene and assembled a lineup to start playing shows. Combining rocking hardcore, very much alike famous Boston Bust -style and real hardcore punk, Väistä! created a fresh sound of their own. You can hear similarities in bands like The Wrong Side, Righteous Jams, Mental, but as well more punk like another great Finnish band, Ydinperhe, sounds like. As you might guess, they sing in Finnish too, hence the band name. I really like it how Teemu sounds as a vocalist, he’s got a great voice and presence on the stage. Its always a pleasure to watch a band tear it up live, do it with passion and energy. It’s clear that Väistä! took their time to perfect the 7″, as it’s pretty damn tight package, no dead seconds or boring songs, just full on hardcore assault. They got great groove and hard riffing going on throughout the songs and there’s some melodic parts that sink in just great up in there. Väistä! kicks this jam on with straight forward banger, that displays well all elements this band is made of. Ulkonaliikkumiskielto (Curfew) continues, it reminds me lot of older defunct Turku band, Reckless Crew, as they also had big Boston style influence. Another common factor is Lari, who played drums for Reckless, he’s now banging ’em for Väistä!. Lyrically these songs are great too, since i know Teemu well and he’s gotten into lot of topics that i know really irritate him; “Ehkä kaikki pitäis kieltää, että täällä pystyis elää – Maybe everything would be forbidden, so we could at least live here”, as the song is mainly about fearing everything and overreacting on every threat. Nuorisotakuu draws another another topic of the youth of today, who are lazy, drink energy drinks, play Xbox and their parents just give them money and expects nothing of them. Väistä! have definitely turned heads with this 5-song 7″ it’s a perfect start for them. Why make a shitty demo if you can make awesome 7″ as your first release. I’m glad to see that they are getting a lot of shows and hearing them getting only good response from people. Hardcore is a wonderful thing and these guys know how to shred it. Väistä! S/T 7″ is unfortunately already sold out. It was released by the band, but had Räkälevyt and Poolside Records participating also. Pressing was small out of “around” 130 copies. But fear not, as the record is in it’s entity available for listen here.

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