Finland Rocks

Echo Is Your Love - Humansize - 2006 (If Society)

When and how was your band created?
The band got together in early 1998 when I (guitar) was introduced to Tommi (drums) and Vellu (bass) through Ilai (2nd guitar) at our first rehearsals..! It's a weird way to start a band. Ilai and I had talked about starting a "noise band" and my girlfriend was to become the singer, so Ilai just introduced us to the other folks and that's how things started..
Where is the name of the band coming from?
Ilai had a few ideas for a band name. He mentioned "Echo Is Your Love", but the others didn't like it too much. After I had already written the name on too many toilet walls at the university we had to keep the name.
What musicians or artists did have a major influence in your life / work?
It's obvious that American indie/noiserock bands like Sonic Youth have had a huge impact on us, but since we always get compared with SY we hate mentioning them. Bands like Fugazi, Blonde Redhead, Joy Division, Velvet Underground, The Fall, Bauhaus, Birthday Party etc etc all have influenced us, with their music or attitude or whatever.
What are the positive and negative aspects of being a musician in Finland?
There's a very active DIY/indie/experimental scene and people and labels are well organized and get along super well. Everyone knows each other. That's also the negative side, the scene is pretty small and there's not too many cities to play in.
How could you define your style of music?
Noisy indierock with a touch of hardcore aggression and post-punk rhythms.
Interview by Vincent Lefrançois - 2006


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