FINNEGAN’S HELL are one hell of qa cool band that needs to be checked outAnswers to the questions provided by Reverend Mick Finnegan (vocals, banjo, tin whistle). Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The sole purpose of starting the band was to get us free drinks and good times. After ten years I think it’s fair to say we succeeded with our mission.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-The members of the band have diverse musical backgrounds, and it has taken some time to weld all our individual influences together. On our new album “Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Class” I believe we really managed to create a sound which everybody in the band can identify with one hundred percent: it’s raw and honest and has its roots in hard rock as much as in punk and folk.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-If we isolate ourselves from the rest of society we have found we get a lot done in no time. Thus we go to a cabin in the deep woods of southern Sweden once or twice a year to drink and toss ideas around, and when we’re done doing that we usually have enough material for a new album.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We are old-fashioned, so we focus on releasing good albums, preferably on vinyl. Our new album was released on red vinyl, and it comes as a gatefold.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it What kind of future is there for music?
-We are a live band, and we intend to keep on touring as soon as the corona situation is under control. People can download our music as much as they want, we know they will come see our shows. Live music is the future.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-“Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Class” has been very well-received all over the world. Apparently a lot of critics and fans enjoy the fact that we are as influenced by Metallica and Slayer as we are by the Pogues and The Ramones.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I would have to say that the response from an old pot-smoking lady on Instagram is the greatest surprise so far. Check out tie_dyed_granny as she lights the world’s fattest joints to the soundtrack of Finnegan’s Hell!
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Our music has been our ticket to parts of the world we would never have gone to otherwise, and we’ve met a lot of interesting people on tour which we would never have come across if it wasn’t for the band. So I hope we can continue touring with Finnegan’s Hell for many years to come.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live is a must for any band with a desire to increase its following. Every time we go places we get a lot of new fans. We’ve always been very well-received as a live band, no matter where we’ve played.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We are currently working on a new album, and we hope to start the recording process in a not too distant future. We are also working on a new Finnegan’s Hell brew, to follow up on the porter we released earlier this year.