All right, I have no idea how to do this, so any help would be greatly appreciated. All right, let's do this! What do you think?
To Conan O'Brian and Co,
Hello from several voices around the world! No, this isn't someone with Multiple Personality Disorder, though that would make for an interesting guest, wouldn't it? Nope, I'm just an ordinary American with some extraordinary friends from all over the world, and well, we need your help.
No, we're not asking for money or fame, or to help with some great cause to save the world. Actually, scratch that last statement, because I and my friends truly feel that music goes a long way to heal hearts, souls and minds. Music is a form of communication and healing, and is a far better way to deal with something you can't express in just words.
Well, how did I meet these friends of mine, all of whose signatures are at the bottom of this clever (I hope) little piece of literature? I'm glad you asked, for it's the very reason why we need your help. I mentioned music, and music is indeed how I found myself greeting people who I have come to love as friends. The music I'm writing about comes from a little band hailing from a country you, Mr. O'Brian, came to visit and did a show about. I'm talking about Finland, and the music is from the band, Poets of the Fall.
Poets of the Fall is without a doubt the most unique, refreshing rock music on the planet. I may not be a music critic, but I can tell you that their blend of catchy melodies, powerful rhythm, and thought-provoking lyrics are a breath of fresh air in the rock music scene. This is something that is so desperately needed, especially in America, and so this is why we have created this petition. You have the power to bring this band to the attention of America and thus, the world. It's not often I hear music that strikes my heart and makes me feel more alive than I did a minute ago. I do not compliment these men lightly, but they did exactly that for me, and for many others.
All of their songs are in English and are unlike anything you've heard today, primarily because of the very different musical backgrounds of the core 3 Poets, Mark, Ollie, and Captain. They merged three different worlds together to form POTF: a rock singer, a jazz guitarist, and an "industrial-machine-trance-man".
Here are the facts as well as we know: Poets of the Fall (POTF) are an independent rock band from Helsinki, Finland that was founded by Marko Saaresto and Olli Tukiainen in 2003. The members are Marko "Mark" Saaresto, (lead vocals/guitar), Olli Tukiainen (guitar), and Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen (producer/keyboards); during concerts, they are accompanied by a bassist, a rhythm guitarist and a drummer.
The Poets released the singles Late Goodbye and Lift before releasing their full-length debut album Signs of Life in Finland. The album was certified gold in May 2005 and platinum in April 2006. It topped the Finnish Top 40 chart in weeks 4 and 7 of 2005, and stayed on the list for more than a year (56 weeks), which makes it one of the most successful self-produced and self-distributed albums in the history of Finnish music.
The song Late Goodbye should be mentioned as the beginning of the band's popularity since it is featured in Max Payne 2 as the game's ending song, as well as a recurring theme in the game. The second single, Lift, is featured in the computer benchmarking program 3DMark 05 by Futuremark which has close ties with Remedy Entertainment, the developers of Max Payne 2.
The band has won several awards which include the 2004 Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) Award in the "Best Original Vocal Song – Pop" category for Late Goodbye, "Best Finnish Newcomer" in YleX's "Best of 2004", "Newcomer of '05" during Musiikki & Media Events, two Emma Awards for "Best Newcomer of the Year" and "Best Debut Album of the Year" and also the "Best Finnish Act" at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Poets of the Fall performed live for the first time ever outside Finland in Berlin during Popkomm 2005 and released Signs of Life in selected countries. The second album, Carnival of Rust, was released in Sweden in September 2006, in Australia, Russia and Ukraine in October 2006 and in Germany on April 20, 2007.
The Poets are currently working on their third album, which is supposed to be released in spring 2008. A new single called The Ultimate Fling will be released in Finland on February 6, 2008. The whole song can already be listened to on the band's official MySpace-website.
Sirs, if you are willing, please have Poets of the Fall as your guests, and let them show you what they can do. You can see on their website, www.poetsofthefall.com
just how successful they have been so far, even though they are as yet unsigned by a major label. I encourage you to see for yourselves the sort of impact they have had in Finland and in other countries. I guarantee that they are also the kindest, most down-to-earth gentlemen you'll meet. Truly, you'd be doing the world a favor.
Or something like that. Then we'd make a list and everyone can type their name or something. I don't know, does it sound too desperate or cheesy? Any comments would be great! I'm going to post this in the Street Team thread, too.