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An interview with RECKLESS LOVE (by Roland Oei)

Reckless Love have taken the modern Glam scene by storm with the awesome songs contained on their self titled debut album as well as killer live shows. Roland Oei caught up with vocalist Olli Herman to find out more about the bands history and their quest for world domination.

You started as a covers band, what songs did you cover?

We actually started as a Guns N' Roses tribute band. We played Guns N' Roses at first because that was the only band that we all knew. This is the first band that I ever started. We were such young lads that we didn’t know that much about music and we all knew Guns N' Roses songs. It was an easy starting point and for the first few years we broadened the type of covers that we played. We started playing Van Halen and stuff like that and we were just having fun. That was the first thing we did as Reckless Love and that was from 2001 to 2004. After that we started writing our own songs and reaching for the dream so to speak, and here we are now.

Has it been a natural maturing process to get to where you are now song writing wise since 2004 or have you suddenly found your sound due to the addition of a certain member of the band?

Yeah I think it is a natural process but after Hessu came in a year and a half ago we definitely found the missing ingredient because he is a really solid rock drummer and he is not trying to do anything too fancy. Finland is a country with a lot of Death Metal and with all those fast drummers and on the other hand there are pop drummers, and we tried all those. We had a thrash metal drummer, a jazzier type drummer but with Hessu we totally found it. I have known him for about 3 years now and we have basically become brothers.

Who is the main songwriter in the band?

Pepe our guitarist. He writes mostly and I do the lyrics and take part in the song writing as much as possible but I realised a long time ago that I am not really a song-writer myself. I have a say how the melody goes and for the most important parts but I think his melodies are way better that mine and I have my influence but I think Pepe is the main songwriter. I am the guy that just likes to play with words.

The songs on the album were written between 2004 and now. Which ones are older and which are new?

‘So Yeah’ and ‘Feel my Heat’ are probably the oldest two. ‘So Yeah’ is definitely the oldest. That song is from 2004. The newest song is ‘Get Electric’ that was on the B side of ‘Badass’. ‘Badass’ is a new song as well. Those are the newest and were written a year ago.

What is the biggest gig you have done to date?

Well I don’t think it was the largest audience but it felt that it was the biggest thing for us, was when we played ‘the’ rock club in Helsinki, and that was an awesome gig and we never expected to see so many people out there and it was almost sold out. There were almost 600 people there and it was awesome.

Are there many bands doing similar music to Reckless Love in Finland?

No, as I said its mainly dark and grim, Death Metal and Thrash Metal. That’s the type of thing in Finland. Then of course there is the pop rock thing but there is nothing in between and people think we are really weird guys from Finland because we are so sunny and happy about everything.

Do you think it would be easier for you to break if you were an American band considering this genre of music started there?

I don’t know, I think Americans are ... it could be. I don’t think they have the scene right now. Steel Panther of course but they are a kind of a parody of this thing that we are doing seriously so I’m not sure and of course Finland is a small country so it is easier to get our voices heard in Finland because America is a big country with a lot of bands and so it’s easier to lose the good ones in that, so I think I am happy to be from Finland and not be American.


How easy is it to come up with songs that sound like the bands that influenced you without sounding like a copycat or too clichéd?

That is the toughest thing. I like to keep things simple and stupid enough because I mean most people in the world don’t actually speak English so it’s really tough for them to understand lyrics or songs that have tricky melodies in them and that have really fancy words in there, so looking at it from my point of view, little kids in Finland wouldn’t understand our lyrics if I was talking about infection or something like that. It’s a big word for them and it’s easier to say Sex because everyone knows what it means. Motley Crue had 'Girls, Girls, Girls'. Everybody knows what girls are. Love and machine are really simple words. To keep it simple and stupid enough is our style of doing things. I think it’s really hard. The more simple you try to be, the tougher it is. That goes for the music as well. If you strip it down so to speak, there are so few elements to play with and things have been done already. We are not ashamed to admit that we stole a lot of stuff and we copied shamelessly. 'Back to Paradise' is totally our version of 'I Was Made for Loving You'. It’s 'I Was Made for Loving You 2.0'. We stole the beats, we stole the vibe of it. Everything is exactly the same, the structure of the song is exactly the same except for the chords and the melody. Same thing with 'Love Machine'. I have heard so many people say it’s a straight copy of Warrant's 'Cherry Pie'. The person right next to him said no man, it’s a straight copy of 'I Love Rock and Roll' and the guy next to him said isn’t that 'Pour Some Sugar on Me'? We are lucky that the music industry is big enough for everybody and their style of looking at things and we are just drawing influences from the stuff that we love and what we listen to in our own free time.

Do you think any bands in this new wave of Glam/Hair metal like you or Steel Panther or Jettblack can reach the same level of success as the original bands?

I hope so. I mean the music industry has changed so much since then. It is really hard for any artist to become a stadium act nowadays because the records just don’t sell that much. Its 10 percent of what it used to be in the early 90s and so I think it is virtually impossible. If you look at the stadium acts nowadays, it’s still bands like AC/DC who were stadium acts back then too or Metallica. But if you think of modern bands there are really just very few that have become huge stars and that is kind of a good thing actually because record sales are lower than ever but music is bigger than ever. I mean there are so many bands out there and so much good music. Of course there is a lot of shit music too but that’s why we are doing music, so that some people can say fucking Reckless Love, I hate them, that’s so fucked up.

Another thing that is good about the album is you managed to get an 80s feel production wise. How did you go about achieving that?

We actually did a lot of research on stuff and our producer actually wrote to Mutt Lange because we wanted to have that Def Leppard kind of sound in the choruses, so he actually wrote to Mutt Lange and asked him and he was totally open about it. He told us his secrets. I think that was done on a chat room or on some forum on the internet and a lot of that sound is a natural sound. If you are coming to see us live, it’s a live sound that we have got, a sound that Pepe has in his amps anyway and the bass and the drums and it’s our sound and that’s how we like it.

Any message for your UK fans?

Britain has been an awesome experience. The people have been so nice the only thing that is bothering me is what the fuck is happening with those taps? In the bathrooms you have one tap over here and one over there, one has hot water and the other has cold water, what were you thinking when you did that? In Finland you only have one tap so you can make the right temperature. Don’t think too much, just keep it stupid enough.




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