|1. How did the band get started? How did you meet
and how long have you been together?
I originally met Anton in school around 1993, and we were both interested
in music, so we started playing cover songs in several little projects.
Naturally our musical abilities weren't too great at the time, but
it was a beginning. The actual Serenade Deprived project started in
1995, when we decided on the melodic metal style that has later evolved
into what it is today.
Antti Kariola: I met Tomi in
high school in 1996, and he seemed to be the only metal-like person
there, so we started hanging out together. Eventually he introduced
me to the music of loads of melodic metal bands and even though I
was mostly influenced by blues and 70's rock and the like, I joined
the band as a guitarist simplu because the material kicked ass.
Anton Hibay: In 1997 I suddenly found myself in Nepal
and it took me a year to find my way back to Finland. Naturally during
this period the band didn't really go anywhere. When I finally got
back, it became apparent that Antti had disappeared somewhere in Germany,
so things were kinda slow for some time. I had a little side project
at the time, and that's where we got our current drummer Mika Salmi
from. The band really started rolling with a full lineup around the
fall of 2000.
Tomi Perwala: Our original bass player
Marko Martimo left the band due to personal reasons (he was a pothead
;)) during spring 2002, and now we have another insane 4-string maniac
named Jani Metsälä in the group. People have come and gone,
but the current lineup kicks big fat donkey ass!
would you describe your music?
Anton Hibay: I
guess the basis of our music is in the Swedish melodic metal, adding
spices from other styles.
Antti Kariola: It's mainly
melodic, technical metal with influences from thrash metal as well
as black metal. Mainly we try to mix different elements into something
new and innovative instead of doing something that's been done 1000
and 1 times already.
Tomi Perwala: Personally I find
our aim to be in the contrasting nature of aggressive kickass attitude
combined with beautiful and melancholic melodies. It may sound like
an old recipe, but I assure you, SD does not take the easiest copycat-sellout-charthit-childrenofbodom
approach. Our music will both sadden you as well as viciously boot
you in the nuts.
3. What are your biggest influences?
Antti Kariola: Slayer, The Haunted, Led Zeppelin
and Jimi Hendrix.
Anton Hibay: Musically I don't have
many influences as I'm the vocalist, but in that respect, my favorites
are Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) and that Thomas guy from At
The Gates (R.I.P.). Still, I think my style differs quite a lot from
those mentioned, and I try to do my own thing.
Stanne is a great guy, btw!
Tomi Perwala: I'm severely
influenced by bands like Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates, Megadeth,
older Amorphis... but currently I can't really say that we'd be doing
stuff resembling any of those bands. Mika on the other hand is more
into black metal than any of us.
4. What influence do
you think your bands has in music and metal today?
Perwala: I have absolutely no fucking idea. Perhaps we help in
keeping other bands sober with our excessive consumption of alcohol
products, there just isn't enough for everybody.
Hibay: I have no idea, dude. But I hope that someday there will
be bands taking some sort of influence from us, as I have taken from
Dark Tranquillity, for example.
Antti Kariola: The
existence of our band decreases the amount of crap bands in the world
5. What made you want to be in the band? And if
you weren't in the band what would you be doing now?
Anton Hibay: I have a musical background thanks to my family,
so making music feels like the natural thing for me to do. As a founding
member, I've got such an emotional attatchment to SD that I can't
picture myself not doing this. Without those other guys I'd probably
be six feet under already.
Antti Kariola: I'd probably be doing music elsewhere anyway, but
I can't think of any other Finnish band I'd rather play in.
Tomi Perwala: I feel like SD is my baby, I've been doing this
for so long that I can't even remember life before. If I had never
picked up a guitar, I'd probably be a computer nerd designing cell
phones for Nokia or something... but luckily I did, thus effectively
destroying my chances of becoming a rich family guy. What the hell,
I prefer beer anyway.
6. Are any band members in side
projects? If so what are they, and explain a little about them.
Tomi Perwala: There's been some talk of a very oldschool
gothenburgish project with people from another Finnish band called
Bleeding Harmony, but this is all very preliminary at this point.
Antti may be included in this too, Anton will be the main vocalist
and I'll play guitar. I know Mika and Jani have a few side projects
going on, but I can't give you any details on those...
How would you feel if a band took their sound from yours and became
very well known?
Antti Kariola: I'd be happy for
Anton Hibay: I couldn't care less. If they get fame ripping us
off, good for them. Go girls!
Tomi Perwala: I never realized we have "a sound"...
but who cares, it's the music that counts IMO, not the sound. If it
works for someone, great.
8. What current bands do you like or respect?
All: Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted, The Gathering, Opeth,
King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, Slayer, Cradle Of Filth, Death, Ozzy...
and Bleeding Harmony.
Tomi Perwala: I gotta add Tori Amos and Taneli Jarva (ex-Sentenced,
now in The Black League).
Anton Hibay: The Crash, The Cure (old), Eskobar.
Antti Kariola: Hellhammer (the drummer), Tom Waits, Rammstein
(great lyrics!), Danzig and Bruce Dickinson.
9. How many
demos/albums do you have? Tell me about them!!
Hibay: I don't have many albums as whenever I run out of beer
or cigarettes, I sell them to get cash. I've got about 20 albums that
I treasure, including Dark Tranquillity albums, for instance.
Antti Kariola: I've got a couple of hundred albums, and I wouldn't
want to lose any of them. Mostly rock and metal, but also some electronica
and obscure Finnish bands, as well as German and Chilean ones.
Tomi Perwala: Maybe 50 or so albums and a bunch of MP3 files,
ranging from ridiculous punk shit like Natsipaska (a Finnish band,
translates as Nazishit) to truly brilliant metal stuff like Opeth.
***At this point in the interview Antti got excited and spilled his
beer all over our papers where we had written our answers. If our
responses from here on seem strange or incoherent, it's due to our
relatively inebriated state. Pay no mind.
10. What demo/album
do you like the best?
Tomi Perwala: I can't elevate
any one album above others, but if I have to say something, Megadeth's
Countdown To Extinction is a classic and it really influenced my guitar
Antti Kariola: A fucking hard question, but
from the top of my hat I can come up with three albums. I'd say Mercyful
Fate: 9, Led Zeppelin: II and Slayer's Reign In Blood.
Hibay: I have to admit that emotionally it has to be Dark Tranquillity's
Skydancer, 'cause without the album, S.D. wouldn't be the band it
is today. So it's the album that kickstarted what we do now. Otherwise,
there are too many great albums to mention.
11. What is
the meaning behind the songs?
All: The lyrics
deal mostly with social situations and the dark side of the human
mind, all written in a poetic (gay?), obscure form. We portray situations
and feelings that most people go through at some point in their lives,
naturally focusing on the negative sides. This is metal, after all.
The name of the game is pain, be it physical or emotional.
Antti Kariola: Total fucking sodomy! Hah!
are the bands favorite songs?
Anton Hibay: Maybe
for me it's one of the older songs that's never been released, called
"...Of Everlasting Winds (Shades Of Fall)". The first song
ever made under the name Serenade Deprived, it's sort of a milestone
for us. Otherwise it's "Where Velvet Drapes Burn", 'cause
there's a so much for me to do in that song.
"Clarity Through Murder". It's my favorite 'cause it contains
a huge variety of different musical elements, making it very enjoyable
for us to
Tomi Perwala: Currently it's "Where Velvet
Drapes Burn", mainly 'cause I have a personal attatchment to
the lyrics. There's one unreleased sond called "The Banquet Hall"
that I still love, even though it was written way back in 1997.
13. What does the future hold for the band?
All: Looking for a record deal, gigs and generally having good
times doing the music we love. Currently we have new material in the
works and a lot stuff is being planned, we just have to wait and see.
14. If you could play with any band who would it be and why?
Antti Kariola: At this point I'd say it would be great
to support a band like The Haunted.
Anton Hibay &
Tomi Perwala: Dark Tranquillity, no question about it. Stanne's
live performance is just amazing, it ould be great to share the stage
with our long-time... "idols", in lack of a better word.
15. Who writes the majority of the music?
Perwala: My mom. No, really, so far I've written most of the music
as well as lyrics... but more and more input is coming mainly from
Antti and Mika, we're striving towards making music as a group, letting
the music benefit from our different styles and influences.
16. Who has been the favorite band you've played with and why?
All: Bleeding Harmony. Those guys have the attitude it
takes to keep Metal. Not to mention a shitload of "pirtu"
(moonshine or something, 96% proof alcohol).
did you get the band name from?
Tomi Perwala &
Anton Hibay: We spent some time thinking of a name, and at some
point Serenade Deprived just popped up. We wanted a name that would
contain both something beautiful and something negative, describing
the contrasted, tormented nature of the music. Plus we got tired of
thinking about it, so we just went with this one.
Describe what the band is like live?
screams his guts out, Tomi moshes like there's no tomorrow, Antti's
stage antics rival those of any guitar hero, Jani is just purely insane
and Mika's battering is unbelievable. To put it shortly, energy, aggression,
pure hell. Experience it.
19. If you are gonna do any
kind of video what would be in it?
All: A video
for the song "Clarity Through Murder". If you're familiar
with a sexual position known as "The Frog", you can picture
what it would contain. No, really, the song is about total pain and
humiliation (among other things), so something along those lines.
Sodomy represents those things surprisingly well.
Are there any touring plans made; if so tell me about them?
All: We've had some talks about supporting Soulgrind and/or
Barathrum on their coming tours, but nothing is confirmed yet. We'll
definitely be doing some gigs together with Bleeding Harmony in the
21. Where do you think the band will be 20
years from now?
Tomi Perwala: Probably drinking
in a bar like we are now. The only differences is that my beard will
be longer, we'll have released 10 albums or so, and I'll have a kid
who listens to hiphop and hates me.
Picking up a 17-year-old virgin girl, trying desperately to explain
to her that I'm really a metal legend. Intoxicated, of course.
Anton Hibay: Probably doing "The Osbournes",
driving the love of my life - my daughter - Aeda Lunar Hibay into
the metal business covering Madonna in true SD style.