HEAD FIRST have released the official lyric video for “Alive”, the third single from the debut album of the Finnish funk/metal band around Waltari mastermind Kärtsy Hatakka (Metalville Records – release 27 May).
Here are the comments of Kärtsy and Jaani about the new song:
“Alive is a very ”standard-like” Head First song, with groovy funky basic atmosphere with the melodic chorus and hook line (Kärtsy type again:))
The lyrics have been made this time by Jaanis sister Riina. They sounded still very ”teenage-like” to my ear..but still, I have to confess, that many times they today still suit to my mouth:)..the eternal problemacy inside the relationship! One needs more freedom what the another is able to give! Standard..but aallways such a current topic!!”
“SAND CASTLES and ALIVE are the last songs we put together in the 90s. If I remember correctly, ALIVE was even premiered in public. This is definitely one of my favorite songs in the live set, because of the physical and percussive rhythm guitar line in the verse and I like to place it among the first songs on the gig setlist. And the spooky part is always nice to play… I think Kartsy wrote the lyrics only in the 2nd coming era and he must have been singing mixed gibberish and double dutch in the 90’s, but I am sure there have been meandering stories and deep meanings already in the beginning.”
Once there was Waltari… and HEAD FIRST!!!
There’s no denying the status of Finnish crossover monster Waltari as the first “metal-like” band export from their home country back in the early 1990s.
But only a few can still remember that their singer Kärtsy Hatakka already had another band back then under the name HEAD FIRST… the only real funk metal band from Finland! And now this very band is releasing their debut… after 30 years of waiting!
Kärtsy initially played in two bands at the same time, Waltari and Head First. The latter achieved considerable success in the Helsinki area with their danceable mix of funk, metal and prog rock. In some of the first Waltari songs, the funky influence of Head First was also clearly audible.
“Head First was hip, all the big Helsinki live venues loved the band, and bigger and bigger crowds came,” Kärtsy remembers.
But then Waltari surprisingly got an international record deal in 1991, and the rest is history. And so Head First was put on hold indefinitely. But now, after 30 years, they are back!
Already a few years ago, the band took the first steps towards re-activation by playing some shows in Helsinki and the surrounding area. So the wish to finally release a first album became the declared goal of Head First.
Based on the biggest live killers, the existing song material was adapted to today’s sound expectations. In addition, some brand new songs were created. In addition to the three original members Kärtsy, Jaani Marttila and Sami Timonen, a new bass player, Jesper Anastasiadis, was brought into the band.
Head First means old-school funk metal with a fresh edge of groovy beats and infectious energy!