Oulu is home to Esa Mankinen (vocals, rhythm guitar), Marko Heikkinen (lead guitar), Jyri Pesonen (bass guitar) and Olli-Pekka Ervasti, a creative quartet otherwise known as Satellite Stories. The Finnish outfit released their second album back in November and recently finished a sold-out tour in Finland. To see what the new year has in store for Satellite Stories, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with them about lizard masters, other artists from Finland, one-piece jumpsuits, and Pine Trails.
AMBY: Hello Satellite Stories, thanks for speaking with us today! Please introduce yourselves to AMBY.
Satellite Stories: Hi AMBY readers, thank you for having us! We’re Satellite Stories, a four-piece indie pop band from northern Finland. We’ve just released our second album Pine Trails and we’re excited to see how it is received.
AMBY: What’s the band been up to lately?
Satellite Stories: After releasing our 2nd album in November we did a sold-out tour in Finland and it was so much fun! We can’t wait to be back on tour in February when we do a 21 gig European tour in countries such as UK and Spain. We’ve also been doing some songs for our 3rd album. We have so many ideas for songs so we’re feeling that we should just start working on our next record.
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
Satellite Stories: Esa: artist, Marko: silent, Jyri: young, Olli-Pekka: thirsty
AMBY: What inspired the title of your latest album Pine Trails?
Satellite Stories: Most of us lived in small villages before moving into our city, so the nature and woods are really important to us. Even if you live in a dark and cold country, woods can hide something different, something that builds up your imagination and makes you want more. Pine Trails is about that physical, existing side and also about the idea of what the forest can reveal and where the trails can lead you to.
AMBY: When creating the album, what was your ultimate goal?
Satellite Stories: We wanted to make a great indie pop album that sounds like us four. We didn’t try to restrain ourselves, we just put everything we liked on the record. From guitar based indie pop to electronic music genres such as bass, fidget, house, j-pop and trap. There’s musically lots to be discovered on the record if you can spot the influences.
AMBY: What’s the craziest thing to happen to you at a gig?
Satellite Stories: The craziest thing must be the rising to the huge stage at Arenal Sound Festival in Spain last summer and hearing 15000 Spanish people singing our songs while we played to a full festival audience. Just a few days before we were robbed on the way to the festival and was feeling pretty down. Then something spectacular like that just happens and you never really expect it, do you? It seems to always be darkest just before dawn.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
Satellite Stories: Thou shall not wear one-piece jumpsuit in public! This is becoming a problem in Finland, do you have this “fashion” in Canada too?
AMBY: Which Satellite Stories lyric is your favourite?
Satellite Stories: There’s one line in Campfire that keeps returning to my thoughts. “Delorean, saw your name in sand.” The name in the sand is so temporary, it’s like the wind could blow the name away at anytime, and the last thing that remains of the girl would be gone forever, living only in memories. It’s a very bittersweet image.
AMBY: Which other artists from Finland should we keep our eyes on?
Satellite Stories: I’d have to say my current favourite is Somepoe, an Oulu based electronic music artist who has an amazing style and cool Jersey Club sound.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
Satellite Stories: We’ve all been listening mostly Kakkmaddafakka’s Six Months Is A Long Time and Phoenix’s Bankrupt so I think those are the records of the year for us.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Satellite Stories that nobody knows yet?
Satellite Stories: We’re just remote controlled bodies of our owl lizard masters from Pluto.
Thank you Satellite Stories, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout