After the release of your second demo/promo, have you received any positive resonance from labels ? Today there are so a lot of small and good underground labels, so I think it must be possible for you to get a contract about one or two albums.
We are still waiting for feedback from "Volume" -promo, 'cause they've just been sent to labels few weeks ago. Couple of labels have been very interested in PO due to the first demo.
How much new songs have you written until now and have you played a lot of gigs since the early PO days? I think a PO show must be full of sweat and passion. Am I right?
Including the 9 songs of FotD+VOL, we have material enough for atleast two Albums. New tunes just keep coming together frequently.Our first gig was in dec. 2000. After that we've played about 15-20 gigs around Finland. Last two of them were with Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus (who were just touring with HIM & The Mission in Germany), both were sold out. We also did some summerfestivals. Our gigs are always like riding a bullet indeed. Lot's of fun on stage as well as in the audience. We don't hold back!!
Another fact that I know to appreciate is, that you aren´t sounding like all this boring and wimpy "stoner" bands. I would say, that you were much more influenced by high-energy R'n'R bands and there´s a slight sleaze influence, comparable like the early faster Aerosmith tunes, but to make it clear PO sounds fresh, modern and heavy, not retro. And not to forget the Metal-edge in your songs, especially your singer seems to be influenced from this music. What do you think about my description and can you agree?
That's because we don't see Plutonium Orange as a "stoner" - band. We think our approach in songwriting is more "metal". But if someone wants to categorize our music, it's fine by us.
When I listen, how tight you´re playing and the well composed songs I can´t believe that you a still an underground act. How long does everybody of the band is playing his instruments and have you been in any other bands before? What´s the musical background of every PO-member?
Samuli (gtr. vox.) has been playing in different rockbands for about 14 years. He likes music from Blackfoot to System of a Down. Antti (bass) has been playing since early 90's in bands like Godfall f.ex. Likes Jamiroquai, Muse, Orgy, Turbonegro etc.Pasi (drums) is the metaldude in PO. He's been playing for about 12 years. He likes Entombed, Death, Meshuggah and many industrial/weird bands. Juha (gtr. b.vox.) has been playing for 16 years. Digs Rush, Iron Maiden, Type O Negative. Our tastes in music differ from each other very much,which propably brings the unique touch in PO's music.
Are you in contact with other Finnish underground bands like Sunride, Reverend Bizarre or Minotauri ?
Well, to begin with, we share our rehearsal place with Sunride and couple other bands. Also Sunride's Wille is Antti's roommate... Pasi has played in Morningstar (Minotauri mainman Ari's other band) for 7 years. As you can see, the circles are quite small in here. We know Reverend Bizarre (Pasi saw them live a month ago), but aren't in any contact with them
What are you looking for in 2002 ? Any goals you want reach in the next year with PO ?
Writing new songs, maybe signing a record contract. Playing more killer gigs...
Thank you very much for this interview and I hope you don´t freeze to much in the arctic Finnish winter. Take care of your balls and fingers...Maybe any last words for the readers...?
Have an open mind... and take a bite off the Fruit of the Doom...
All photos were taken by Tommi Anttonen: (anttonen.tommi[at]kolumbus.fi)