Vainharha

Vainharha

 Vainharha is a band from Finland. The first album PUREma is currently under writing process by the band and will be released in 2010.Here is an interview with the band for subexistance.

Tell me a few words about the history of the band and what was the main reason to create the band?
Jaakko: I met Juhani decades ago and since that we have been playing in the same bands. Juhani was founding a new band and asked me to join. He played some of the first demos and they sounded good so I joined right away. I mean, why woudn't I?
Juhani: The first song we wrote with Jaakko for Vainharha was a song called Distorted Trees. It was in 2007 or something. Pretty confusing time, for me at least. We had a terrible hangover, probably coming from some bar in the morning - you can hear the atmosphere pretty much from the lyrics"I was sweating heavily and the trees were all distorted". We destroyed 24 cans of beer during that day and at one point a neighbor came by and played a guitar solo for the song. I have not seen the guy after that. Some people also called me from the bank. So I wrote to the lyrics line "They called me and they told me that I must pay my debt today". The song was basicly there - symbolically talking about the world coming to an end with the climate change. After that couple of years went by before I got anything done with the band untill 2009 we started actively writing new songs and released at least one song each month online. We actually managed to do that for the whole year, it was interesting to make a deadline for each month like that. Julius and Tapani joined the band during that period.
Which are the band members and how each one of you take part in the music composition and lyrics?
Jaakko: We write most of the songs with Juhani - at least for now. Although,The River Flow was composed by Julius and Juhani. From our lyrics you can find indications of horror entertainment, weird books that tell about weird people and events that tell about supernatural things all mixed up with storys about relatioships.
Juhani: Our method is to step in to the same room with different instruments and just start playing. Passing into the unknown. In the end of the day we will have some kind of a song build from the outcome of current time, mental status and numerous of other factors.
Vainharha what does it mean?
Juhani: The name comes from the Finnish word "vainoharha" meaning "paranoia". A letter 'o' has been dropped from the word so it leaves two words in its own "Vain" meaning "Only" and "Harha" meaning "Illusion". Therefore there is a small play with the language and philosophy. My philosophy is that majority of human mind is interpretation of his/her own mind, formed by imagination. Therefore in many situations it is good to remember at many situations that you never know what the future will bring, unless you own that famous crystal ball. You need to live to see it. Some people even think they can read minds when they belive someone is thinking something about something. That is not really true - or it is - but only for them. In their imagination. It's just illusion.
You combine a lot of music elements can you give me more details about your sound and if you could give me a name for your music?
Tapani: I would not go and label music. It has to breathe on it's own.
Jaakko: - Maybe Vainharha is some kind of rock - melancholy, emotional rock with elements of dark humor.
You recording your debut album these days can you give me more details?
Jaakko: At this point we are focusing on the songs and the bands musical direction. You know, what we are doing in the end. It has all started from the attitude of just writing something, and now that we have recorded all these songs the sound has started to take a shape. It's no longer as patchworked as it was when we started.
Juhani: We have written more than 20 songs so far, of wich more than half have also been released as demos online. In the coming winter we will decide which ones will be mastered for the debut album Purema. Other songs will possibly end up for later releases.
What things inspire you the most?
Julius: Rusty shovels and the lack of worms. At this point (not doing anything for a week) pretty much anything will do. But I must say that this is going to be great for creativity. Oh the enthusiasm when I get back to my home town! (When answering this Julius was at coutryside farm..)
Tapani: A totally fucked up day can make me so anxious that the only release is to go and play music, or go for a few beers with these guys, or drink beer and play some music. You never know what you come up with. Or your balls caught between two bricks, quite Zen.
How difficult is for a band these days to find a contract with a record label?
Julius: Right, amm, I think record labels are not essential in the end. When will we get one? Who knows. A lot of good things can be done without one so I would say, make things work as well as you can and if you don't have enough resources to do things yourself, seek help. If things don't progress then it is good to ask others too, so either we get it right and do things our way or we hit the wall and call for paramedics! Lolz.
Do you have any live experience?
Jaakko: Not with this band, but otherwise yes - we've done hundreds of gigs at various bands alone.. music from jazz to reggae.
Julius: I play guitar yes.
Tapani: I've made lots of gigs with my other bans but we are sure as hell going to do some Vainharha too.
Juhani: Vainharha doesn't have any live performances yet, mainly because we are still looking for the right drummer for the live gigs that we plan to start after Purema has been released. The first gig will probably also be the albums release party.
What are the comments from press and fans so far?
Jaakko: No one has put us down at least. Fans have send us positive feedback. Friends have mostly asked us to work some details better.
Julius: Those who like this, like this. I think folks will like the records and even more the future live shows. I don't see why not.
A message to the people that support you?
Jaakko: Enjoy life and love life.
Julius: You shouldn't need any messages from us. Make your own.
Juhani: I take nothing for granded. Thank you!
Tapani: Je ne regrette rien.

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