S-Tool just released the powerful debut album, a great reason to talk to singer and guitarist VILLE LAIHIALA about this album, tour plans, crowdfunding and much more …
Interview by Dennis Rowehl / photo by courtesy of Oktober Promotion, (c) by Loma Graphics/ Jani Mahkonem
entertaim.net: Hi, great album … reminded me more of Metallica at their „Fuel“-times than to Poisonblack. Are you happy about the press feedback so far?
Ville: Thanks. Funny how everything has to be compared to something … I am amazed how well people have reacted towards our noise. Fans, press etc. we`ve seen it at the shows and reviews and whatnot. But first and foremost I am happy the way the album turned out. Soundwise, lyrically and how we played as a band. It is all in there and it feels amazing. We wanted to record music without overproduction, with twist of oldschool metal and be yourself lyrics and that`s what we did.
entertaim.net: You will play several shows in your home country … do you have plans to come over to Germany?
Ville: We`ve played a lot of shows in Finland actually. Festivals and a couple club tours with a bunch of sold out shows and some of those before the album was released. Germany and the rest of the Europe is definately something we are trying reach and we are working hard to make it happen. Nothing confirmed yet thou.
entertaim.net: If I’m right this album was financed by crowd funding? Can you tell us more about the process?
Ville: Yes, we asked people if they are interested and maybe want to participate and help us record our debut album and it turned out, that there were and is a lot of folks who wanted to hear what kind of noise we would create. Those people funded half of the album and a couple of videos. Then one day I got a phonecall from the biggest Rock Radio station in Finland and they offered to pay whatever amount we would need to get the album done. What can I say, truly greatful to everyone who helped us. We will return the favor in the future, that is for sure.
entertaim.net: I just watched your new video to „Back to zero“. How important are videos and how hard is it to get noticed?
Ville: I`ve said this for many many years now, I hate making videos and always will so I am the last person you should ask about them.
entertaim.net: (laughing) So no further videos in progress?
Ville: (laughing) I hope not.
entertaim.net: Finally … Well, you’re from Finland … how important are saunas for you?
Ville: It is the place where you get your balls washed while your heart and brain vomit out the please-kill-me-now-week. Naked therapy.