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Fonal Records will release the debut album by Pöllöt on the 4th of August 2014. Pöllöt are a Finnish rock band formed in Turku in 2012. Previously, the band have released a tape called Ekat demot (Early demos) and played shows in Finland. Despite their brief history, the band have caused a stir in the music press and won over audiences up and down the country. Their music is a combination of the effortless joy of playing together and their catchy lyrics and melodies. The lyrics are boldly experimental little stories, adventures in the mysteries of daily life. Mood-wise, the material ranges from upbeat rock songs to rather more peaceful numbers.
The members of Pöllöt have in the past played in bands such as Cats on Fire, The New Tigers, Lau Nau, Kiila, Jarse, Barry Andrewsin disko, Goodnight Monsters and Kauppilan puutarha. Jaakko Tolvi (guitar and vocals), Janne Kauppinen (guitar and vocals), Markus Jalonen (bass), Ville Hopponen (drums) and Jukka Herva (keyboard and vocals) have, between them, played on dozens of releases.
There are three vocalists in Pöllöt. “Tapetaan aikaa”, vocalised by Jaakko Tolvi, is a real Pöllöt rocker with a murder-story lyric to boot, while “Valonsäteet”, sung by Janne Kauppinen, is a beautiful little pop tune. The album closer “Sade loppuu” is a multi-part mini epic about making jam. Even though the songs have been carefully written and arranged, there’s plenty of space for improvisation and surprises. The music of Pöllöt sounds as though it has always been there.
Pöllöt recorded their debut album in August 2013 at Äänikuva Studios in Turku. The album was mixed and produced by Jari Suominen (of Shogun Kunitoki/Jarse fame). The mastering was done by Samuli Tanner. In the studio, the aim was to capture the idiosyncratic sound of Pöllöt. The album cover was designed and created by Timo Marila.