Who are the members of Flush?
Flush is Lasse (vocals, guitars), Börje (drums), Eero (bass) and Janne (guitars). This is Lasse responding to the questions today
How & When did Flush form?
We have to go back in time all the way to the last century to find the roots of the band. We formed the band in the suburbs of Helsinki, Finland, when we were teenagers. We had some good years and some quiet years, and in 2018, when Eero joined the band, things picked up properly. One could say that was a rebirth of the band and we finally found our true calling and direction.
Where was the first place Flush performed?
In principle it was a small show at the local church’s community event, but the first real club gig was at the legendary Shadow Club in Helsinki. Sleaze rock was a growing new thing in Helsinki then and we were lucky to score an opening slot for a local glam/sleaze rock band. It was fun and scary at the same time, and we actually received fan mail afterwards. This was actual mail, as in, a physical hand-written letter along with photos. That Helsinki sleaze rock scene later produced bands like HIM and 69 Eyes.
What inspired each of you to start music?
All of us just really liked rock and metal music. Music was on all the time and it was something we actually paid attention to. Playing in a band felt like the most obvious thing to do. It was just a matter of finding the right instrument and then figuring out who will sing. Then came the early nineties rock music revolution, confirming that anyone can do it. Without bands like Bad Religion and Nirvana, maybe we would have given up earlier. They showed us the way.
What’s the story behind the new song?
Maybe we’ll just talk about the whole album instead (see next question)
What inspired you to put together a new album & what it is all about?
Our debut album, ‘It Began as a Mistake’, came out October 23rd through Concorde Music Company. It was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa, our most esteemed metal producer in Finland. It was a fairly long project for us. The recording was done early 2020, but the preparations essentially began already late 2018 when we knew that this is the line-up that will go all the way. The album is a collection of songs from our last couple of years, and while it is not a concept album, we still describe it as a story of what we are about as a band. It is a mix of speed, melody and guitar riffs, a nice blend of punk rock and alternative rock. Lyrically our songs deal with topics on the darker side of life (anxiety, depression, alcoholism, heartbreak, politics) and it is our form of therapy. When things are bad, it helps to write it down on paper, and then shout and sing out those words over loud and fast guitar riffs. I recommend this therapy to everyone, along with reading Bukowski’s work from where the album title is borrowed.
Will you be touring to support the new album? If so, when?
Touring was definitely the plan but then Covid happened. At this point we cannot plan anything, but our hopes are high that next summer there will be gigs and festivals again. We have played a few local shows this Autumn and have one coming up late November, but that is it for now. Most of the live industry is on stand-by mode.
What is your song writing process?
I (Lasse) write all the songs, except one co-write on the new album. This is a track called ‘Two-Minute Punk Song’, which is based on a cool riff by Eero, which we then worked into a complete song. My songs come about in several different ways. Some begin with guitar riffs, whereas others are all about some unique chord progression. Some begin with a lyrical line or two, and others start with a vocal melody. If an idea does not leave me alone then I know I need to attend it, and that is how an idea then turns into a song. I then bring these to the band practice space and we jointly arrange it and make it sound like Flush. Some songs sound quite close to how I intended, others turn into something very different, and that is fine. We are a band after all, and that is what makes it all exciting and enjoyable.
What’s your first thoughts when you get up on stage?
Don’t mess up the first riff or the lyric line! I do a lot of mental preparation before shows but often a lot of that is lost once we get up on stage. Practice is important as the music has to come from muscle memory. Also, as the front man, I obviously try to get the audience going, which sometimes is easier said than done. Not all our shows are sold-out (yet!).
Where was the first venue you played?
We covered this already in question 3.
What is your most memorable moment from any live performances?
There are many of course, but for this one I would have to go with our gig in Bratislava, Slovakia, at a small club called Goblin’s. It is basically a small cave and not really designed for loud rock gigs, but we did it anyway and it was hot, sweaty, intense, loud, and fun. A good amount of cheap beer and booze helped a lot! Those moments when the crowd in sync reacts to dynamic tempo changes, and you go from a slow build-up to full-throttle punk or headbanging… That stuff is what you remember on your death bed, I think.
Describe the atmosphere when you’re performing
First of all, the atmosphere on the stage can be very different to that in the audience. Ideally, they are of course the same, but sometimes it is hard to sense where the audience is when you are focused and involved in your own thing. In the end, it is a rock show and not an arts installation, so our goal is to create energy, fun and a sense of belonging or togetherness. We all want to be part of something and belong somewhere, and we would like our shows to be opportunities for experiencing that.
What band would you like to perform with the most?
It would be a dream-come-true to open for a legend like Bad Religion, or current stars like Idles, The Menzingers or Against Me!. We also love playing with our local gig buddies Ninetyfive50. They are fun to hang out with and always put up a good show.
Will you be touring in the United Kingdom any time soon?
Oh, man… Not only is there this pandemic but then there is Brexit coming up. Honestly, I don’t see how small and midsized bands could meaningfully and sustainably cross that border. Who knows, maybe there will be a model of some kind and, if there was a tour opportunity, we might be able to make it. Unfortunately, the UK is not something we have on our radar right now. It really is sad to say, but we have to be realistic. I’d love to play there. I love London, have spent loads of time in Surrey, really enjoyed Cornwall and the Midlands, am a massive Liverpool FC fan, and think Edinburgh is one of the coolest cities in the world. But yeah, not sure how it could happen with these constraints.