Our buddies from Last To Exist, Fladderpuck and Wedgie started to work on their new records during the winter and few weeks ago I asked them the same 10 questions each about their time in the studio and feelings about the upcoming release!
1. WHEN DID YOU RECORD YOUR NEW ALBUM?
Last To Exist: 17.-19.11.2017
2. WHAT STUDIO WAS IT AND WHO DID THE RECORDING / MIXING / MASTERING?
Last To Exist: Recording was handled by Tomi Uusitupa at his studio in Marttila near Turku. He also also mastered the album!
Fladderpuck: We were at Rathouse Studio in Lappeenranta with Vesku Sinkko from One Hidden Frame, so a professional guy all around. Mastering was do by Mikko Grekula.
Wedgie: Choice was pretty easy, we were at Tainted Studio in Lappeenranta which is run by Jarkko Mattheiszen. It was the same place where did the Wedgie/Lowlife Hero Split approximately a year ago.
3. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WORK IN THAT SPECIFIC PLACE AND PERSON(S)?
Last To Exist: Well, we did our first EP there and it left such a good taste in our mouths that we didn’t really have to think twice about other options. We were really happy about the 2016 EP, the sounds and everything. We had really fun the whole weekend, Tomi is a really chill dude and a awesome host.
Fladderpuck: Hard to say, we had few options but in the end we went with Vesku because we wanted who knew us, knew what we were about and what we were looking for. And Lappeenranta as a city cause Tommi wanted to go visit his relatives, which he didn’t do by the way.
Wedgie: We’ve been always switching studios and never found a place where recording an album felt as good as it did in here. The most important thing to us to get the producer in the same mindset with band and I think we got that with Jarkko. The studio is comfortable, sounds great and there’s 3 coffee makers so the choice was obvious.
WEDGIE wide awake at Tainted Studio, Lappeenranta
4. DID EVERYTHING GO AS PLANNED? DID YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH SOMETHING, LIKE WHEN I DID 270 TAKES ON BASS FOR ONE SONG?
Last To Exist: We’ve usually tried to rehearse the songs to a tee so we wouldn’t have problems that would eat time in the studio. I think everyone of us had own issues but all and all, it went pretty smoothly. Once again!
Fladderpuck: Our cars windshield wiper broke and the computer mouse did not co-operate a some point but the otherwise the sessions went pretty good. Songs were recorded at the speed and sharpness what we played them with. Of course there were some small setbacks but we’re pretty happy about it. And we fixed the windshield wiper by combining two of them togerther and made home safely!
Wedgie: With he last couple albums we’ve done demos before going to the studio and really shows. Of course the songs change a bit while recording, as they did this time too. (Jussi) It was pretty painless this time. I hate if I don’t give 100% while recording or playing live, and that gives me pressure to learn the songs as well as I can before the studio.
5. HOW MANY SONGS DID YOU RECORD? ARE THEY ALL GOING TO BE ON THE ALBUM?
Or are you saving some of them for a certain upcoming compilation..? (Shh, it’s still a secret to everyone)
Last To Exist: I gotta make sure, but we recorded 7 songs and they’re all going to be on the album!
Fladderpuck: We recorded 6 songs and they’re all going to be on the album. Feel free to use them on the compilation too! If someone would like to pay for more studio-time we can make more!
Wedgie: We had 8 songs ready when going in and ended up recording 6, few got left out due to being a bit too different. Although we might still play them live in the future!
6. DOES THE ALBUM HAVE A NAME OR A WORKING TITLE?
Last To Exist: It’s called ”Broken Windows & Empty Playgrounds”
Fladderpuck: The working title was ”Close But No Cigar” and undoubtedly it’s going to be the official one too.
Wedgie: Now that you asked about it, it doesn’t have a name! Weird cause usually that’s the first thing. There’s a certain theme on the album but if we can’t come up with a name, we still have ”selftitled” card to be used.
LAST TO EXIST ready to record at Tomi Uusitupa’s studio
7. WELL, ALL OF YOUR MAJOR INFLUENCES ARE PRETTY CLEAR TO US BUT WAS THERE SOMETHING NEW OR A DIFFERENT ANGLE THAT YOU TRIED TO BRING TO THIS RECORD?
Last To Exist: Maybe the biggest difference to the older songs are the structures. The first EP was pretty straightforward whereas we took more time with these songs and worked more on the details. Maybe a bit more ambitious approach. That’s why it might open up right away to the listener. And the sound is a bit more melancholy than last time. I don’t we intentionally think about this stuff, just try to push our music forward with it’s own weight.
Fladderpuck: A lot of calm music, classical and jazz, that kinda stuff. Digging a ditch. I don’t think there were any conscious decisions made. We just went with the flow of the moment while recording and the songs found their mold due to nice chaotic consensus.
Wedgie: (Ville) We started to do songs for this album without any boundaries. It’s going to sound like a us in the end anyway. And influences for this record came more from real life than from any music. I feel like this really an honest album as in the lyrics. (Sami) I don’t know was it intentional or not but there aren’t any slower or even mid-tempo songs on this record.
8. IF YOU HAD TO PICK ONE SONG FROM THE ALBUM AND PROMOTE IT, WHICH ONE IT WOULD BE AND WHY?
Last To Exist: The first song we put out was ”You’re Nothing”. Shortest song of the album and possible the fastest one too. We thought that it kinda leaves the listener dumbfounded and they wouldn’t know what to expect from rest of the album!
Fladderpuck: (Ville) ”You Won’t Feel This Way Forever”, without any specific reasons. (Antti) Hard to say, I would suggest to listen to all of them once and make your own opinions. It only takes 15 minutes of your life.
Wedgie: (Ville) Hard choice, I’d say the whole package, but if I had to choose just one it’d be ”Away From You” due to it’s the subject matter: lyrics handle a failed relationship and songwise it’s really fast and hard-hitting. (Sami) ”Pressure” because of the bass.
FLADDERPUCK hammering at Vesku Sinkko’s Rathouse Studio in Lappeenranta
9. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THIS YEAR AFTER THE RECORD RELEASE?
Last To Exist: We had the album release gig in TVO with Väistä!, Teresa Banks and Confidead at end of March. After that gigs during the summer, promoting the new album and at some point, new songs ofcourse. Gotta be active and move forward!
Fladderpuck: (Ville) We’ll do as much gigs as possible. (Olli) From now on, we ain’t doing shit for under 500€ a night, we’re also thinking about moving to America.
Wedgie: We’re trying to have a break with gigs until the summer. The record is going to come out during the summer so with that we’ll try have few gigs in Finland and after that try to go abroad again.
10. WHAT’S THE BEST IRON MAIDEN ALBUM?
Last To Exist: Our bassist will have the answer for this: ”Seventh Son of the Seventh Son”. If Aki says so it has to be true!
Fladderpuck: (Olli) The first demo! (Ville) Powerslave! (Antti) The one with monster on the cover?
Wedgie: None of us have ever been Iron Maiden fans but if we have to say something: (Ville) The ”Rock in Rio” live album, cause to that I play air bass at home (Jussi) I’m more of a Slayer man myself so I’ll say ”Seasons in the Abyss” (Sami) My homemade burned compilation CD.
And that’s it! Even if a burned CD of crackling and static sounding Iron Maiden MP3s sounds pretty bad ass, the only like-minded answer was from Last To Exist’s bassist Aki. ”Seventh Son of th Seventh Son” is the shit, have you heard ”Infinite Dreams”!?
LAST TO EXIST – BROKEN WINDOWS & EMPTY PLAYGROUNDS is available at our webstore! Fladderpuck’s EP is on it’s way to the presses and Wedgie’s record will come out during the summer 2018!
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