lauantai 21. marraskuuta 2015

What's up?

Last night we played a great show with the insanely good Fuck-Ushima, one of the best bands around right now. This gig showed me again the value of warming up. Few minutes plain screaming, until you're on the verge of collapsing, and you're good to go.. It works, every time you have the time and space to do that. After that, everything will go smooth and easy. After the show I felt pure, empty,  like my body and psyche would have been destroyed and rebuilt. It made me feel good. Everyone should have an outlet like this. To have some sort of fire to burn inside you, some sort fire that you can feed with all the bullshit you'll have to crawl through in your everyday life.

It felt good, but today has been even better. The feeling you get, when you're completely empty, every single muscle in your body aching but all the tensions gone. You just meditate through your existence for a while. Until you start building up another pile of shit inside your mind and soul, to have something more to burn the next time you get to play. For us it's a month away now. The point of this band has been to play at least 12 shows a year, to maintain my sanity, and we have pretty much always exceeded that, which has made me a really happy and fairly functioning human being. I've managed to work and study without exploding all over some stupid people I'll have to endure in my day to day interactions. You just swallow it and decide the moment to let it out yourself. You're in control. And that's the way it should be.

What's next? We've made some plans for some future splits. At least one with Fuck-Ushima, maybe another one with Farsas, and one more, that's still a bit uncertain. We'd need to get to the rehearsal space and make the songs, but it's a good thing there's three of us making songs, we have always something up our sleeves anyhow. So there'll be three different splits next year. If we have shitloads of time in our hands, maybe another album too, but let's not rush ahead of things. Let's just enjoy this moment, right now. This lazy, muscle aching, thoughtless, silent moment of clarity before all the bullshit begins again. Peace.

lauantai 7. marraskuuta 2015

Learning a trick or two.

Recent times have been interesting in my life. Cut To Fit made a tour with ever so awesome Feastem and we had a blast throughout the whole extent of it. It was nearly three weeks, a whole month worth of workdays without a day off, so in a way I can honestly say I've never had that intense work schedule in my life. It was rewarding, humbling and really, really educating. I learned a million things during that trip and felt home even though I was nearly 3000 kilometers away at best.

I also have made some experiments with my consciousness and music that have had some profound results. Musically I have evolved. I now understand that there is no need to worry about music letting me down at any given time. If you book them, they will come, as they put it in Wayne's World. Give me an hour, a guitar and a loop pedal, and it will happen. What? Book me and you'll see. It gives me some sort of comfort, to be confident about what I can do, for the first time in my life I can rest assured of understanding what I am doing. That is a good thing.  I've done 30 albums or EP's of music on my own this year, worked on few other projects and reflected on my life. I am relatively happy, as happy as I can be in this world of loss and suffering and grief. I am surrounded by amazing musicians and people, I share my existence with a beautiful, kind, intelligent person and understand how all my achievements in life are connected to the consciousnesses of these other people around me. That is more than most people have, to be grateful for everything I have, to be free to pursue this goal of finding my Holy Mountain, moving towards it little by little.

 This is how far I have come on my quest.


There's also a Facebook page for this solo operation now.
https://www.facebook.com/kelanvihollinen/

lauantai 22. elokuuta 2015

Master of Disgust



Here's a music video for Master of Disgust. It's a song about drugs and idiots. Here's the dates of the upcoming European Tour with the super-duper awesome FEASTEM! We hope to share these nights with you and we promise to play a different set every single night. No easy way out.

-7.10 Helsinki (FIN) @ Club PRKL
-8.10 Tallinn (EST) @ Rockstar’s
-9.10 Riga (LV) @ TBC
-10.10 Gdansk (PL) @ TBC
-11.10 Slupsk (PL) @ Motor Rock Pub
-12.10 Wroclaw (PL) @ Ciemna Strona Miasta
-13.10 Katowice (PL) @ Pub Korba
-14.10 Bratislava (SK) @ TBC
-15.10 Nitra (SK) @ TBC
-16.10 Budapest (H) @ Showbarlang
-17.10 Brno (CZ) @ Schrott
-18.10 Prague (CZ) @ Modra Vopice
-19.10 Potsdam (D) @ Black Fleck
-20.10 Kiel (D) @ Alte Meierei
-21.10 Rostock (D) @ Alte Zuckerfabrik
-22.10 Denmark/Sweden – ?
-23.10 Karlstad (S) @ Klubb Motvals
-24.10 Stockholm (S) Snövit

keskiviikko 29. huhtikuuta 2015

What's up?

It's been a while since the last post. We finally got Black Mouth out, you can stream it here and if you want to pay for the digital download, do what you can. It will become free when we have sold out or pressing of the album sometime in the distant future. If you want to have the real album, digipack CD with a 12 page booklet, you can order it from us (cuttofit@windowslive.com ) or through recordshop X. Right now we are focusing on playing shows. We already have a new song to play and it makes things more fun, since it's welcome 38 seconds of fresh air. We stopped making set lists in 2011, but lately we've been playing only the new album, and some old songs if someone has shouted any of them out. If someone ACTUALLY REMEMBERS a song, it's worth playing the song. If we remember the song, that is.

We're not sure about what the future brings. We have another European tour in October, but to me at least that's still in the distant future and I never believe any tour is gonna happen before I'm actually sitting in a van and smelling bad. I've planned out ten tours and played one actual tour by far, so I think that's a good ratio of how many of your plans will actually turn into reality. Mostly it's because the promoters at bars don't know how to use e-mail. Luckily there's other channels these days too.  Now in the meantime I'll help some friends with their shows. We're playing with GODHOLE (United Kingdom) and Sociasulym (Estonia) here in Finland, from 17th to 20th of June:

17.6 Vastavirta, Tampere (+Fuck-Ushima)
18.6 Torvi, Lahti (+Fuck-Ushima, Nothing More To Eat, Sociasulym (EE) )
19.6 Lepakkomies, Helsinki (+Fuck-Ushima, Sociasulym (EE) +1)
20.6 Monttubileet, Hyvinkää


Also, if you missed our tripped out dark ambient-drone whateverthefuck thing earlier this spring, here it is.!

lauantai 7. helmikuuta 2015

Waiting for the dinosaurs to die-video.

Since the new album takes some time, mainly because we need to figure out how to pay for it, here's a new song with a video I made yesterday. It's an animation, it took me all day, but I think it was worth it.
The song is about the same thing I've ranted about many times: we have a generation of people capable of saving this planet, with open source-based inventions, and we have a bunch of greedy old fucks who prevent this. Now we're just waiting for these dinosaurs to die, and I hope this new generation is resilient enough to keep their own head instead buying into their shit. This world is not doomed. Doomsday is not dawning in the horizon. We have all the keys in our hands and we can change this. It's all up to us.

torstai 22. tammikuuta 2015

Free music and new music

No matter where I go, I keep seeing hipstery remarks about how music today is shit and there's nothing good and everything was better way back. I think it was a comment on a Lee Hazlewood song that really got me all worked up.

"so much good music made before my time. I was born in the wrong era."

Of course everyone feels like this at times. But still, I am really, really glad I am not stuck in the any past era. Of course it would be way easier to score a record deal and get a 13 thousand dollar budget to record and release all my eccentric shit, but I can't even imagine how lonely I would be without the internet. It has made it POSSIBLE for us to make music pretty much for free, to give it away, to share it with like-minded people, who hopefully appreciate what we do. I know free music has two sides. Free music is free music. In some sense, it has no value. You just listen to it, through and through, and then you move on to some more free music. There's maybe one of every ten to 20 records, that actually stick with you. The ratio is totally different with albums you actually pay for. You pay more attention to the music you paid for. I still buy new music, not only just records made twenty or thirty years ago, now cashed out in endless reprints and anniversary special editions, but more about that later on... I'm glad that we have the possibility to spread our music as far and wide as possible, because to us, it's pretty much all about playing shows. It's about living in the present, and albums are always something that's dead in time, no matter how new it is. When we give away our music, we reach out for people, that might come and see us live, and experience the presence in it's full extent. This would not have been possible in any past era, because recording in itself would have been so expensive we could have never afforded that, not to mention the pressing and spreading the word, without the internet.

This also goes for finding music. Through the internet I have found many bands I couldn't have found any other way, because it is mostly music no one I know listens to. Internet has brought us the Random Factor, which is one of the main reasons I like it so much. The problem is, we are standing on the verge of losing that random factor. Every site collects data about your surfing and starts recommending you shit, profiles you and offers you "similar artists". To me, this is a bit disturbing. I don't need millions of Tom Waitses or Slayers. I want to find something completely different, something exciting and inspiring, something new. And in here, the filter bubbles kick in. We are filtered out of reach of the natural randomness, when we are recommended "things we might like". On our upcoming album there's a song called Ocean of Shit. More commercials, more filtering, more gray, meaningless shit. Of course it's not that bad yet, but we're moving towards it. And Google buying every single website you use isn't helping, since they flood everything with commercial content. That's their job.

About new music. I really like new music. Whether it might be grindcore, or blues, or whatever, I think this is one of the best eras in the history of music. I resent the 80's cocaine sound, probably because we grew up in the 90's, saw the recession, depression, suicides at an early age, so it was hard not to grow somehow conscious of your own context. I don't know about other guys, but I grew up seeing how "the good times" was just another lie, another mirage that actually didn't exist. It's on someone else's expense, or it's just escaping the day you have to pay the dues. And then they hit you hard.. I like psychedelic, fuzzy, distorted and resonating things (the 60's had the right idea, just play straight from your heart and if you got it in there, it's enough). That's probably why I am so excited about everything that happens in the underground these days, at least in Finland there's loads of great bands that tickle my nerves the right way. My definition of a great album is based solely on the fact if I still listen to it or not. By these standards, the greatest grindcore album ever made in my shitty opinion is Magrudergrind's self-titled (2009), a rather new one. The next best might be Pig Destroyer's Terrifyer. I know grindcore scene has the section of people who are stuck with Scum and FETO, and think everything else is for the retards (though I think Napalm Death has made loads of good albums in recent years, and I think the new one will kick ass too!), but I don't really give two shits about that. I think grindcore has always been about moving forward, not getting stuck with the past, and Napalm Death alone is enough to confirm this assumption. It would be way easier just to travel the world and play the classics, like way too many bands do... And that's the reason I at least started playing it. To be fast, and not to get stuck with the past. Grindcore let's you do any-fucking-thing your silly little mind happens to come up with, and that's why I love it. It's free from all restraints, free from all form. I think it should not be easy listening. That's why our stuff is experimenting and tripping out, trying to reach out for something twisted inside of us all. It should be something that you need to really focus on, to crack the code somehow. It's not for everyone, because it demands a certain degree of dedication. And that's what I have dedicated my life for.

By the way, I just bought Topon's (and pretty much Fuck The Facts') sideproject's album, give it a listen, it's pure fucking redemption from beginning to the end!

torstai 15. tammikuuta 2015

The album is on its way.

The album is almost done. All the songs are recorded. All we need now are the trippy parts. And we have shitloads of visions, but we need space and time to make them come reality. In the meanwhile, we made this nightmare trip of an album:

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For some reason I found it to be soothing and meditative, when I had not slept all night. In that sense, this night is quite similar. I have not slept, it's 7 a.m. and I am just waiting to see what sort of hallucinations and weird thoughts will I experience. I really like experimenting with sleep deprivation, because it's never the same, when you actually focus on the sensation. Now I'm feeling more nausea than usual, my head feels dizzy and the symptoms are more physical than mental, which they usually are for me. Writing is the most interesting thing to do, because it does not need too much focus, and it actually gets better when you let go. If you try to do this with drawing, you'll get angry at your shaking hands and sweaty palms and whatever, there's always something wrong and it instantly drives you insane.

About drawing, I recently made a tumblr-account to fit in all the artwork. If you want some album artwork or whatever, let me know. I'll do it for free, unless I really need money or there's some extra work involved.

http://kelanvihollinen.tumblr.com/