heute habe ich die Band „Arched Fire“ für euch im Interview. Die Band veröffentlichte ihr Debütalbum „Remote Control“ am 30.04.2021 in digitaler und am 12.06.2021 als CD! Bereits 1989 gegründet, allerdings zwischenzeitlich für 29 Jahre zu Grabe getragen, beehren uns die Finnen von Arched Fire nunmehr 32 Jahre nach ihrer Findung mit ihrem Debütalbum „Remote control“. Die ausführliche, interessante Bandgeschichte findet ihr auf ihrer HOMEPAGE!
Hello, Arched Fire. My name is Tobi. I run a Facebook page and a web blog. On this page I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about concerts that I visit with my wheelchair. On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to get tickets, which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals. In the future I will also write about hygiene measures, as this is important for me as a high-risk patient and for my readers too. Of course, I also write about the bands‘ performances. Today I have a few questions for you about your new Release of “Remote Control“.
Tobi – Metal and Me
Ari, Assu, Janne and Kristian – Arched Fire
First of all, I want to know how are you! So, how are you?
Ari: I’m alright, thanks for asking. I was a bit sore as my second Covid vaccine was kicking in, but it was over in a few hours.
Janne: At the moment, I’m waiting for my corona test results. Hoping it’s just a normal flu…
Assu: I’m a 47 years old drummer from Finland, father of two, and handsome, and I’m doing fine right now.
Please introduce you and Arched Fire to my followers.
Ari: Arched Fire happens when heavy metal merges with speed/thrash. Mika Rytilahti (bass), Kristian Herkman (vocals), Assu Purojärvi (drums), Janne Särkelä (lead guitar) & Ari Väntänen (rhythm guitar). The band was first active in 1989-1990 when we were 14-16 years old. In 2019 we got back on the case and made an album called “Remote Control”, Wormholedeath Records released it, and here we are.
Why did your debut release took this long time?
Ari: Well, we weren’t ready to release anything back in the day. Compared to what the band is like now, it was just kids’ stuff. We wrote songs, rehearsed, played some gigs and recorded a rough demo, and that was that. The first time we ever spoke about recording a real album was in 2019, and after that things started to happen fast.
And how are you when you think about your debut after this long time?
Ari: It’s crazy to think that after all this time and life we got back together to finish what we started. It truly is amazing. And the record is so damn lit it’s beyond belief.
Can you tell my followers about your album and what we can expect of it?
Ari: Expect well-written songs played by a hard-hitting band, deep lyrics about tough themes, and old-school metal production.
“Wormhole”, “Escape”, and “Remote-Controlled End” are the singles released so far. Why did you choose these three songs?
Ari: ”Remote-Controlled End” has a really strong chorus, so it made sense to put it out first – and the plan worked, as the song got us signed. ”Wormhole” is the newest song on the album. As we all were excited about it and felt like it would make a great video song as well, it became the second single. ”Escape” was also among our personal favourites, and in a way, the song is about us. So basically we just released the singles that felt right.
Do you have any other single releases planned for “Remote Control”?
Ari: We actually already put out ”From Dust to Dust” as a lyric video. The original version of the song dates back to October 1989, and the album version features the famous Finnish astronomer Esko Valtaoja.
Kristian: We thought about releasing a video for every song, but let’s see how that goes.
“Escape” is my fav song. Do you have a fav song?
Ari: Today, I’ll pick “A.T.W.” It’s aggressive and dark and makes a strong point… To me, it’s like an example of a good metal song.
Kristian: My favorite song is “Futile” since it’s so epic and versatile. The lyrics are inspired by a guy who had a burnout and had to quit the company he started but now he is telling his story as a motivational speaker. The main idea of the lyrics is that when you fail you learn.
The cover artwork is really nice. Who designed it?
A very talented individual called Tapio Wilska. He’s been involved in many interesting bands and projects, look him up online! He also runs a cool shop/gallery in Helsinki called Laterna Magica.
A few words to the fans who wait to hear you live. Are there any plans about a tour?
Ari: No. Right now, we’re not a live band. But I wouldn’t rule out playing some shows if they were properly arranged and if it would make sense to us logistically.
Assu: And IF we played live, you’d love your night with Arched Fire. We’d set the night on fire!
As a musician, when you think about live music, when and how it can take place again, do you also think about how things are with hygiene and your own safety and protection against the virus?
Kristian: Live music can now take place again as people are getting their vaccines. I think that bands could sell masks with their logos before shows. I already thought before covid that people should wear masks especially when they go out though they have the flu. People just still need to be reminded and educated about hygiene.
Ari: Things look better now, but the situation may change overnight. What a time to write more dystopian tunes!
How did you deal with the restrictions in the meantime? How much does it restricted you in your working life?
Kristian: We recorded all except the drums at home but that is the way we would have done it anyway. Making music remotely is normal for us since we all live in different cities. The restrictions have given me a lot more time to be with my family and also more time to be creative. Working remotely suits me well. It saves money, time and nature since you don’t have to travel and buildings are used more efficiently. Usually homes are empty during the day but now they are in use and companies can cut office costs.
Ari: I work from home, so nothing really changed. As a music writer I’ve lost some work opportunities. But I can’t complain, so many others have it so much worse.
How is it to you to stay in contact with your fans via social media in these pandemic times and to find out what the mood is like in the fans‘ camp?
Ari: That’s the bright side of Internet, it’s very easy to communicate with people. The response has been fantastic. It’s great to see metal folks around the world digging our tunes.
What brought you into Metal?
Ari: Bands like Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister and WASP in the mid-80’s, when I was ten. That’s how it happened for most of my peers. A few years later, we got into the bands that are known as the Big 4 of Thrash. Then came the less-known bands of the genre…
Which other Metal Albums are you favorites so far in 2021?
Kristian: I love the new song Iron Maiden released. Gojira’s Fortitude is great and Gama Bomb’s Thunder over London is good.
Ari: The new Prestige record Reveal the Ravage sounds great. The Paint the Sky with Blood EP by Bodom After Midnight is brilliant, although not an album.
How have you spent your Free time under Covid 19 so far?
Ari: Mostly at home reading, writing and listening to music. Playing guitar, trying to come up with new riffs.
Kristian: I’ve been sleeping more and have finished many unfinished projects. I also started writing a book about humans and the universe.
How about Covid and Delta Variant in Finland? I don’t know the restrictions in your beautiful Country, but I am fucked up enough about the ones in Germany and would be glad if we all get out healthy.
Kristian: Restrictions in Finland were reasonable but not equal to all businesses. Less people could participate in a live show than just drinking in a bar. Restrictions lead people to drink more in a park and there’s nothing motivating them to pick up their trash.
Do you listen to other music than Metal too?
Kristian: Along with metal I mostly listen to rock, EDM and trance. Sometimes also jazz and classical music.
Ari: Absolutely. Lots of different stuff. I buy vinyl, and it can be anything from Charley Patton to Pet Shop Boys. Recently, I’ve bought some old Finnish speed/thrash releases from the late 80’s.
Assu: I like BEHM from Finland, it has to do with my personal life at the moment.
Get away from the music a little. What about hobbies?
Kristian: I listen to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts. I try to do a home workout on a weekly basis.
Ari: I like reading and taking long walks.
Assu: I’ve always been a nature wanderer. I love to pick mushrooms and cook food of them. I have two dogs, a Frenchie and a Cairn, so forests are familiar for me. I love to hike and let my mind fly like a bird in the wilderness. It gives me a lot of new ideas for the songs… Everybody, go to a forest and smell that air!
Do you have “a normal job” beside making music?
Assu: I’m a supervisor of mentally ill and handicapped people, and I love it! Everyday you’ll find something totally different and new.
Ari: Yeah, kind of. I’m a music writer. It’s all a part of my lifestyle, but writing pays the bills that playing music brings in.
Janne: My current occupation is a school assistant. I like my job very much – music, information technology, handicrafts etc.
Kristian: I work in finance. It’s great when you get in the flow state making an excel.
If yout got one wish…?
Kristian: I wish that people would start making a sustainable growth in business instead of destroying the nature.
A few words to your fans out there in Germany and all the others in the world?
Assu: I’m really pleased about how metalheads have taken our album into their hearts across world – thanks for that! Never lose your faith in good music! Never let anyone to tell you that you can’t! Always keep that flag of hevispiidi high! I love You, Arched Fire loves You… Keep marching, and the march never ends!
Thanks for the interview, Arched Fire. Many greetings to all in the band. Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and heavy!
Ari: Thank you, my friend! Be careful out there!
02. „Back on track“
03. „Remote controlled-end“
05. „Ride away“
06. „A T.W.“
10. „From Dust To Dust“
Kristian Herkman | Vocals
Aslak Purojärvi | Drums
Mika Rytilahti | Bass
Janne Särkelä | Lead & rhythm guitars
Ari Väntänen | Rhythm guitar
Das war mein Interview mit der Band Arched Fire. Das Album der Jungs ist schon erschienen und meine Review gibt es auch in den nächsten Tagen! Bleibt gesund und munter, euer Tobi. Heavy Metal never dies!