Now that this year is coming to its end, I think it would be great to look back and think about what we've done during these past twelve months. This year was a great one for us.
2011 started slowly. On the 2nd of February we played our first show of the year in Petäjävesi with Upright, the great Cold Inside and Guilty from Sweden. The day before the show I got a high fever and had to play the show sick. Every song was a bit of a struggle, but I managed to make it through without passing out on stage. Don't remember much about any of the other bands, though I remember being quite psyched about them before and during the night.
On March we had a small promotion tour of our split 7-inch with Molemminpuoleinen Varma Tuho that was due to be released before the trip but - as these things tend to do - didn't get to Finland in time, so we had to play our shows without the actual record. Had fun, though. The record came out in the beginning of April and we had its release show in Ilokivi, Jyväskylä. It was very cool to finally get our first vinyl release out.
On summer we started to focus on writing some new songs. The M.V.T.-split was great, but all the songs were starting to get quite old. We also wanted to get some diversity to our oh-so-fast -setlist and the new songs did come out a bit different than the songs we had made earlier. We asked our friend Kalle to come to our rehearsals and take the songs on tape so we could hear what they sound like when we're not playing them and if we liked them enough, use them as demos for the next release. And we did. The project was named What I've Seen after the slowest and longest song of the four.
On August we played our new songs for the first time at Lutakko Liekeissä -festival and stirred things up a bit more with a cover of Jimi Hendrix's Fire. The response wasn't that bad.
Last month we had four shows with Upright around Southern Finland. All shows were great and Upright's new songs are very good. My definite high point of this year was our show at Lutakko, where we played Rise Above by Black Flag. Haven't seen Lutakko go that crazy for a long time.
Right now we are writing new material and fine tune the songs we have for the next year's release. We plan to record them some time during this winter. Got a couple of things planned for next year, but more on them later.
Have yourselves a merry little Christmas and a happy new year!