Beans is a fucking good punkrockband from Finland. Alex took some months to
answer the interview but here it is at last. Please read it and first of all
buy their record. 31/7-07
When and why did you start to play?
-We started in 1996. I have listen punkrock allmost my whole life so it
was kinda obvious when we started play something it was punkrock.
Please tell me a little about every member in the band,
age, family, interests, work and something bad about every one?
Both new and old members? What do they do nowadays?
-Alex (answering to your questions) lead singer and bass player,
29years old father of one daughter (other one coming soon hahah).
I run a company called FastRockFactory here in Finland. Check out
www.astrockfactory.fi . basicly we´re doing
records, distributing records and running own store called Tulipyörä
Shop in Lahti Finland. Bad thing´s about me huh there´s too many to
other members are
Antti: Guitar and backups, 27years old, lives in Lahti, has dayjob in
a factory which makes air-condition parts (shitty job heh)
Tero: guitar and backups, 30years old, Lives in Lahti, plays guitar,
passion for hockey...
Eppu: drums, 22years old, Our latest member. Joined the band this year
after our old drummer left the band. Likes alcohol, girls and
tattoos...too many bad thing´s to mention haha..
Lari: drums. Left the band 2007 haven´t heard anything about him since
then. Good drummer and still a friend (I guess).
Finland as a punk country how is that?
-Yeah Finland is a punkrock country. We got really active scene here.
Lot of shows and lot of DIY thing´s going on...In Finland punkrock
scene is not a fashion thing so that´s the one thing what makes scene
What does punk mean to you? Is it only a music style or is it a lifestyle?
But after your lyrics I understand that it is really important to you?
-Yeah Punkrock is my everyday life. To me it´s not what you look like as
clothes doesn´t make you a punkrocker. To me it´s how you think of
In the same time it´s a music style which I really enjoy.
one of the best thing in this whole punkrock thing is to meet new people
and bands. I´ve got lot friends who share the same passion about punkrock
and life in general...
Which is the difference between playing nowadays if you compare with the
beginning of your career?
-The gigs has turned to be kinda professional. It´s still as fun as it use
to be but we´re lot more better band than in the beginning which is obvious
When we started to play live shows in the 90´s we didin´t know anything
about anything but we still have the same idea of live shows which is that
we don´t care if there´s 1 or 1000 people who has paid the ticket we´ll
rock always 110% that´s the one thing you can count
any good bands around ....in Finland?
-Yeah there´s shitloaded of good bands around!! Few to mention you should
check out finnish bands like: The Heartburns, Anal Thunder, One Hidden
Frame, Endstand, St.hood, Down My Throat, Ratface, Relentless, Testicals
etc etc etc...
What do you know about Sweden?
-As you know we finns have love/hate relationship with you guys hahahaha...
Actually I like Sweden and swedes a lot I got so many friends in Sweden.
Have you heard any good Swedish bands?
-Oh boy lot of them...in the mid 90´s I use to listen a lot of Swedish
bands like Millencolin, Asta Kask, No Fun At All, Satanic Surfers, Venerea,
Raised Fist etc etc...now I really dig the Venera/Satanic Surfers guys new
band called Enemy Alliance and oh yeah The Indecision Alarm, Adhesive
(RIP) etc etc...You got lot of good bands.
What..s the best and what?s the worst of being in a punkrock band?
-The best thing is definitely meet new people and make new friends. Worst
hmmm there isn´t any bad things being a punkband heh.
How would you describe your music in three words?
-Melodic, melodic, melodic hahahah check out the record and you´ll find out.
Which type of people comes to your concerts?
-There is no certain type of people in our shows there´s always oldschool
punks, college kids, rockers, HCkids etc etc...
Which type of people do you miss on your concerts?
When you do a song, which is most important, is it to have a good lyrics, a
good melody or to have a refrain that people remembers?
-Basically all of those! There´s always good melodies in our songs.
About lyrics those are usually something from my life or things that I see
or thing’s that pisses me off!
Politics and music, does it go hand in hand?
-Not always. I dig both ways of doing music. I mean that there´s lot of
good politic punkbands and lot of good bands without of any message. Both
are ok to me...I don´t consider us as political band even if we have some
politics in our lyrics.
Best political band/artist?
Please rank your five favourite records, five favourite concerts and five
most important things in life?
-Damn man this is hard there´s so many good records, concerts and important
things in life.
Ramones: everything what they´ve done!
Bad Religion: No control and Suffer
NOFX: everything they´ve done!
The Clash: London Calling
Rancid: Everything they´ve done!
There´s too many records to mention...
Most important thing´s in my life:
1. my daughter & family
2. punkrock in general
First, last and most expensive record ever bought?
-Huh I don´t buy that much records I run a record store hahaha...
Really can´t remember...
Most embarrassing record in your collection?
-There aren´t any.
Is it much
violence on your concerts?
-No I don´t think so. at least I haven´t seen any fights.
How is it to live in Finland otherwise, I mean politically?
-We got high taxes on everything but Finland is a welfare country or at
least use to be I got nothing bad to say about Finland as a country but new
government sucks big time...I guess you got the same situation in Sweden
too. I´m a working class kid so...we´ll see how thing´s will go down to
sewer in here.
What do you think about the government?
-I hate it!
I compare you to as different bands like a tougher Millencollin and less
harder Bad Religion. Comment?
-I guess your opinion is quite good...something like that yeah. altough the
new songs we´ve just done sounds bit harder than before.
I understand that you being compared to other bands, which are those bands?
Bad Religion, Millencolin, Rise Against...those are what I´ve seen in
Do you care about reviews? Which do you trust the most,the good or the bad
-Actually I do read some reviews but it´s always just one persons opinion.
Of course if the review has made good I mean if there´s arguments why the
record sucks or is good then I´ll take it more seriously. if someone write
something like "They sound like Bad Religion, there´s one Bad Religion
already" It´s not that good review is it?
Which are the most peculiar you have got?
-German review where was a quote from our lyrics and in the end it said
Flippin`Shit and nothing else hahahaha...
Which is the biggest audience you have played for? The amount of people I
-Around 1000people (maybe more) in this years Ilosaarirock in Finland.
Which is the biggest band you have been a support act to and which is the
biggest one you have had as a support act?
-Have to say Lagwagon. We support them this year in Helsinki..We don´t take
support bands we share the stage with bands there´s a difference
heh...we´re not that big band.
Futureplans for the band?
-There´s gonna be 7" split with Decreto77 from Portugal. It contains 3
previously unreleased songs from us. after that lot of shows/tours and new
full lenght album in 2008.
For yourself as a human being?
-For myself...being good father to my daughter and just trying to enjoy my
-Treat people as you would like them to treat you!!
Something to add?
-First of all thanx for interview and hopefully we get shows in Sweden too!
See you in the pit...Cheers Alex/FB