13 Questions to Juha Juntunen (The Flatfield)


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Juha Juntunen – Bass (The Flatfield)

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What was the very first record you bought?

First Record i bought was “Under a Blood Red Sky” – live album by U2

What is the most expensive record have you bought?

The most expensive record that I have bought I think is radio promo U2 Live in Boston. It´s from their second American tour in 1980, and its full concert recorded by local radio station. It costed about 40 euros, and it sort of catches that band in their prime when they were actually really good post punk influenced band and not this rock dinosaur which the band became later.

What are your 5 very favorite bands ever?

My five favorite bands are Joy Division, The Clash, the Cure, the Smiths and Siouxsie and the Banshees

Name 5 bands that have changed your life?

5 bands that have changed my life are Sex Pistols, Musta Paraati, U2, the Cure and Joy Division

Name your 3 favorite Gothic Fests?

My favorite gothic fests are of course Lumous festival, I like the events that Slimelight Club in London is putting up, and Club Dödd from Stockholm. In Finland there are also really great occasion club events like Deadly Beat.

This is difficult to say. I just say three first three things that come to my mind on Sunday morning. Sometimes lazy, multitasking and at the moment quite happy.

Name your 3 favorite gigs as a musician and as fan?

My three favorite gigs are Interpol in London Kentish Town Forum 2004 when they toured Antics-album, Christmas gig by the Pogues in Brixton Academy 2013 and the Gun Club in Tavastia Helsinki, it was maybe 1992 or 1993.

Name the most 3 influential albums for you as an artist

That is quite difficult and quite easy. I could name tens of albums but if I think albums that have stayed with me for a long time I have to say “Closer” by Joy Division, “London Calling” by the Clash and “Pornography” by the Cure.

Describe yourself with 3 adjectives

What is the most overrated gothic band?

I don’t think that many goth bands are overrated, they are quite often underrated and ignored by the mainstream music press. If 69 Eyes is considered goth band then them. I don’t also like Beastmilk or Grave Pleasures. I bought the first Beastmilk EP straight away when I read from cover sticker “Apocalyptic Post Punk”. Some critics compared them to Killing Joke, Joy Division and even to The Jesus and Mary Chain. To me that band sounds like HIM and that not good thing in my book.

What is the most underrated gothic band?

I think X-Mal Deutcshland never got the attention and success that they deserved. They made 3 really good albums, which still sound relevant today.

In which band would you have liked to play live?

I have to say the Cure because they have really long career and where good and diverse albums under their belt. Even though their records have sucked big time since 1996 and Wild Mood Swings they are really good nowadays live. I´m looking forward to seeing them live in Helsinki this October. And maybe New Order, they changed their bass player recently. I saw them live last Sunday in Flow Festival. They were great and played two Joy Division songs in their encore, But you really cant replace Hooky, can you? The bass in sort of most important element in their sound.

Name 3 new gothic bands that have caught your attention lately?

I like American band Cemetary, Spanish Belgrado and Finnish band Rue Morgue a lot. We played in Helsinki with Rue Morgue couple of weeks ago and they sounded really good and interesting. I also like Swedish bands Hemgraven and Then Comes Silence. We will be playing with Then Comes Silence in Stockholm in December.

Gothic Rock or Post Punk and why?

Post punk for me. I started liking and listening Killing Joke when I was about 9 years old. Post punk is more experimental and I’m more into live drumming than drum machines. Machines are all right with some bands, I think that early Sisters and Nine Inch Nails made really good use of them. But for me there’s sort of no contradiction with those labels, I accept them both. I think that you can but the Flatfield under both labels, even though our roots are more in post punk.


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