Reckless Attraction: Exclusive interview with Reckless Love’s Olli and Pepe
As Reckless Love prepared to take to the stage of Camden Barfly for the third Thursday running, JJ Lee popped into their dressing room to find Olli and Pepe and get the gossip on the Finnish rockers’ residency …
What made you want to do a residency?
Olli: Well because, you know, the fans in the UK are the craziest in the world. Last time we played London we played in Islington so the option for London, this time around, was like to push it forward and do it later or to come back and do something special. Our management had the gorgeous idea of doing a residency because nobody’s doing residencies anymore
Pepe: It’s the old school thing to do. It gives you freedom to do more than you can do in the space of just one show. We can jiggle things around.
Olli: The Barfly is where we had our first London show; it’s something special. It’s not like Islington where, you know,
Pepe: It would be empty in one of those places
Olli: And you know it’s also a really good thing to do. This way you can get awesome influence from the fans and that was one thing we wanted to do. It felt really good; it felt like a good option to do it. Like Pepe said, we’re old school rockers; he’s wearing a Kiss t-shirt!
Have you heard the new KISS album?
Pepe: I haven’t yet. Didn’t it just come out? We’ve been on tour so-
Olli: Yeah we haven’t had the chance to go into an HMV yet. We had the chance in an HMV in Glasgow but it hadn’t come out. Maybe tomorrow when we have a day off.
Pepe: I might buy it tomorrow, yeah.
How does it compare playing in England to Finland?
Olli: Certainly different fanbase. There are differences but there are similarities. The main difference is that Finnish fans don’t speak English as their first, or even their second, language so they tend to sing along only on the choruses whereas English fans usually know the words better than I do.
I suppose that’s helpful sometimes?
Olli: Yeah, that’s always helpful!
Talking about Animal Attraction, your 2nd album, how did that develop? Was it spur of the moment?
Olli: Actually it was quite chaotic. Like, we were on tour when we wrote it and then we went into the studio and just laid it down like that; it felt like we had barely any time.
Pepe: That whole period is just like a blur to me, it went so fast. We were doing so much.
Do you wish you’d had more time?
Olli: Actually no. I think if we’d had more time we would have over-worked it. It was great because we didn’t fuss about, we didn’t spend ages looking at production and stuff, we just did it.
Onto the mini-album then, was that in the same spontaneous streak?
Pepe: Like the residency, again the old-school thing to do is to do an EP. And you know, put out some rare tracks, some live cuts, kinda like Guns n Roses did on Lies.
Olli: We wanted to do that kind of thing. And it worked out really well. Push is an unreleased album from Animal Attraction , like an outtake, but it’s actually kind of like a counterpart to Hot. Because Hot is such a summer song and Push is more of a winter tune. Then again, we did like, the live cuts ; everybody is always telling us how great we are live, you know “Reckless Love is a great live act” and well, you know, we didn’t know that; we’ve never seen us live. We were desperate to capture the live moments but even in today’s modern world the equipment isn’t usually up-to-date and there’s something wrong with the recordings. So we had this huge concert in Helsinki, called Helsinki Day and we were like “well let’s listen back to the recording” and we were like “amazing, let’s just put these on the album!” We really had a good time on that stage and felt like we nailed it that time.
So is there a full live album or DVD in the works?
Pepe: Well, it’s not a thing we’re thinking about at the moment but in the future-
Olli: of course. Never say never you know? At the moment we’re just thinking about the 3rd album. We’re flying back to Helsinki in November.
Pepe: We’ve actually written the core of the album already. We have over 10 songs already written and there’s more to come.
Olli: Actually, after this tour, we have a couple of weeks off-
Pepe: One week.
Olli: One week? We’re planning to use that time like we’re doing on this tour, write some more new songs then rehearse them. Late November, we ‘re going into the studio. So basically when we fly back from Germany on the 3rd November, it’s one week off after that. Then we start the pre-production and have two weeks of that.
Give us a taste of Reckless Love life on tour?
Olli: Well with Finland, it’s a large country but with a small population, only little cities to play in; the touring tends to happen around the week so we get Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays off usually. But yeah, it’s wakeup call next day, try to find some clean or not that dirty clothes, do the sound-check, get something to eat, do the show, get fucked up and wake up again.
Does it ever become monotonous?
Pepe: We fight back to it becoming monotonous. When we go on stage the crowd is always different; the crowd lights us up. It never becomes boring.
Olli: There isn’t a day that’s alike; there’s so many different things you have to take care of. I mean, in a day on tour it’s basically just a big cloud of chaos. Somebody in the band is having the best party in the world right next door while you’re trying to sort out a problem that, you know, could kill the rest of the tour. I don’t even know where to start to describe it.
Anything else for the UK fans?
Olli: The reason we keep coming back here is because we love you! It seems to be such a good place for us to tour and we hope to do it a lot more in the future.
Head over to www.recklesslove.com and grab a copy of their new mini album.