FLAT EARTH – Feat. ex-members of HIM & AMORPHIS – have released a video for the first single “Blame”. The video has been mainly shot during the recordings of the debut album in the legendary Finnvox studios, Helsinki, in February and March. Camera and post production by Tommi Mattila, who followed the band during the recording sessions to capture some documentary material. The video reflects pretty much the great mood in this new born band with familiar faces.
Watch “Blame” video here:
FLAT EARTH got started after Niclas Etelavuori (bass) fell out with the manager of Amorphis and had his exit of the band. Suddenly, Niclas was left stranded. He decided to show the world that he still had a lot to give, so he started looking for possible band mates.
Niclas explains: “After over 2 decades playing with bands I was at a point thinking that maybe I start doing something else. But then I knew I had these songs on my hard drive still, and nothing was done with them. And I just wanted to get rid of them and see what happens. But then it kind of took over and I started to focus more on that”
Linde (Mikko Lindstrom, ex-HIM, guitar) first sprang to mind, even though he still had his hands full with HIM at that time. Nevertheless, the two of them kept meeting regularly, and started working on ideas for new songs. Getting Anthony on board provided additional inspiration. And when their old band mate Mika Karppinen (aka Gas Lipstick, ex-HIM) finally joined on drums, the band’s line-up was completed. While Linde was busy playing the States and Europe on HIM’s farewell tour, the remaining trio spent their time recording drums to seven pilot demos that had previously been taped in Niclas’ basement studio. Gas brought along two of his own songs, and Anthony composed a new track for the band. Linde found an old song of his he had first fleshed out when he was only 13. The rest of the tracks were Niclas’ ideas mainly, treated to the band’s arrangements, with Anthony providing both the vocal melodies, as well as the lyrics. The basic structure for the first album was ready!
“Our common friend, who’s been helping us get this band off the ground, recommended a guy named Anttoni “Anthony” Pikkarainen, who had been singing in a band named Polanski. The band had made a record, and after we’d listened to it, we had to set up a meeting immediately. I have a great feeling about our new band. Anthony had recorded with Hiili Hiilesmaa before, and the rest of us have known each other for years. It feels as if all the stars have finally aligned.”
The audible musical signposts point to the heydays of alternative rock, takes a nonchalant bow to the forefathers of all things heavy with a pinch of wistful psychedelia. Magnetically melodic, playful, exhilaratingly unconstrained and thoroughly permeated by vocalist Anthony’s passionately melancholic overto-nes, FLAT EARTH delivers in the same parcel both – the beauty and the beast. Gas and Niclas robust, yet subtle rhythmic dynamic work, pave the perfect runway for Linde’s guitar solos to freewheel and Anthony’s maudlin yet contem-plative singing, that gives the band’s sound a tint of mawkish desperation that sets them apart from any other band you’ve heard. The first single “Blame” was unleashed on April, 27th!