Heroes Don’t Ask Why is a Finnish melodic rock metal band formed in 2015. Their debut self-titled EP, released in December 2016, got good reviews and radio airplay in many countries from Finland to Australia. Band toured Finland with some high profile acts.
Twin-guitar attack is both aggressive and in the next moment, mellow melancholic bluesy flow of notes. There’s a clear hint of a Scandinavian metal roots but with added quest for a tender guitar work.
They entered Studio in April 2018 to record a follow-up seven song EP named Sound of a broken heart and they have deepened their style with this release.
The album was released 15th Of May.
About The Band:
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourself / yourselves tell us a little bit about your band / project.
We are Heroes Don’t Ask Why, four-piece rock band from Finland. The band is formed in 2015 and we have released two EP’s, Self-titled EP in 2016 and Sound of a broken heart in 2018. My name is Jussi and I’m the main composer of the band.
Jussi Pajunpää – vocals, lead guitar
Matias Kaunisvesi – guitar, bgv
Johnny Kivioja – bass, bgv
Kimmo Puhakka – drums, management
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
I remember singing Metallica’s Enter Sandman on a swing with schoolmate in elementary school. I was about ten years old. I had been playing piano for few years, mainly classical music, but my cousins introduced me to heavy rock.
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
I believe the first CD I purchased was an Australian death metal record called Mortification.
When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?
I started singing at school choir when I was nine. I played piano from 8y to 13 years old. That’s when I picked up guitar and started to learn Metallica songs.
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
I taught myself pretty much from the tab books and by ear. Later on I learned lot of stuff from Guitar World magazine and in my early twenties from Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen and Michael Romeo instructional videos. It was quite heavy learning sessions, usually many hours per day.
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
I would say that Metallica Enter Sandman and Sad but true were the songs that hit me hard. I remember rewinding back to start a cassette time and time again.
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
Best gig must have been the first concert I witnessed from Dream Theater back on the Octavarium tour 2005.
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
I do like Swedish pop rock group Roxette, listened them much back in their heyday.
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
We’ve released our 7-song EP called ‘Sound of a broken heart’ in May 2018. It’s our second release under our own Divorce Records label. The first was our self-titled debut EP released in 2016
Where and when did you record it?
We recorded it at Studio Watercastle, Punkalaidun, Finland in the spring 2018.
How does the song writing process generally work for you?
I usually make the initial song structures and then we arrange them at our HQ. Matias also makes riffs and song ideas that I complete with vocal melodies and lyrics.
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
We’ve been gigging outside our area and we’re active in social media. Our manager and drummer Kimmo Puhakka has been very active and we’ve had great concerts with some top acts of Finland. Music scene here in Kokkola (our hometown) is quite small actually, there’s only few clubs were local bands can perform. But there’s active bands that work together. We have our band rehearsal place split with other band. It’s hard to make concert bookings these days, when everybody is playing live due to lowered album sales. And there aren’t that many clubs that take small and upcoming bands to play live. But slowly hard work is paying off and music speaks for itself.
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
Music industry is in a great change and all the Idols bullshit is what’s left with the big labels. Thank god, it’s easy to get your music out with own label and digital outlets. As I already said, digitalization is the key for bands these days. I would have never thought that my music would be played all over the world like it is now.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
We’ve learnt that we just have to do our own thing. If you believe everyone’s opinions of music, you simply lose yourself and your vision.
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
I would say that it’s pretty hard to make living playing rock music these days. Best advice is to trust yourself, keep calm and do your own thing.
So moving forward what’s next for you?
We’ve started to write new songs I’ve been making since the last studio. There’s some great tunes coming up and we’re concentrating on our strengths. But still: Good song is a good song. If it would be easy to make, then everybody would be making them.
How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
I see that we’ve come long road in two years with this line-up (Kimmo replaced Joachim Kiviniemi [ex-Deep Insight] on drums in April 2016). My cousin Matias has been progressing greatly with background vocals and also bassplayer Johnny is playing with his two-string bass with some nice stage antics and third voice on background vocals live. Kimmo is so fierce drummer live that he is simply putting everything on the table when performing live. He knows his stage moves. =)
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
Short term goals are our club circuit concerts this fall and winter supporting Sound of a broken heart EP. Long term goals are making new record next year possibly and simply having a blast rocking out with our band.
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