HEROES DON’T ASK WHY is a Finnish band that doesn’t perhaps sound like what I’ve come to expect from Finnish bands. They are nonetheless still interesting. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Our original drummer Joachim Kiviniemi (ex-Deep Insight) formed band with Jussi Pajunpää (vocals, guitar) in the summer 2015. He had been reserving that name (Heroes Don’t Ask Why) for years to a new band. It sounded original and rest of us, Matias Kaunisvesi (gtr, bgv) and Jussi Kivioja (bass, bgv), immediately took it to their hearts.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
^-Our band leader Jussi Kivioja stated in the beginning that our music was in the new genre called Divorce rock. So it’s pretty original combination of rock and heartache. In a more serious note, we simply wanna make good rock songs with a twist of metal and also soft tender guitar work. We believe we’re hard to put any one category of music.
Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-Well, we believe that there’s growing number of people interested in our band. Through touring we slowly build our fanbase.
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
-This was originally a hardcore outfit. When drummer Joachim Kiviniemi quit in spring 2016, rest of us chose to play little more traditional rock with clean and powerful vocals. Direction got a metal twist when our then new drummer Kimmo Puhakka joined the band in April 2016. Then we had half a year before entering the studio to record our debut EP. It was quick process and everything fell into place pretty easily.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-“We have plans for registering our band as a religion someday”, stated band leader Kivioja, when confronted with this question.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-We have found a terrific graphic designer Terje Tiilikka, who has created our visual image from the day one. He can easily put our thoughts into action and create pictures with specific feeling we’d like to transfer.
I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Well, this is like a double-edged sword. Nowadays bands can get their music to the people pretty easily. Same time it’s hard to even cover all the expenses for recording an album. The good old days when CD’s still sold well are gone we’re afraid. At the same time, It’s so easy to listen good music across the world by few clicks. Of course a lot has changed in the music industry and everyone’s struggling to get a living. But you can’t change the system.
Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-There will always be touring bands. Popular bands can fill the arenas and our band will play at rock clubs and maybe some festivals along the way. Only time will tell. But we play as if we’re in the big arena even though we are at small smoky rock club.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Guess it’s little bit of both. Cousins Jussi Pajunpää and Matias Kaunisvesi usually have their own stand-up show going on at our concerts. It’s a show with a capital S.
What will the Future bring?
-Future will surely bring more albums, more shows, more youtube videos and maybe some European tour dates! Hopely we will play in also Sweden someday. =)