It started early, I missed the beginning.
Let's hope I'll catch the re-run completely.
Edit: There was no re-run, they just played the song again.
Anyways, Lisa's recording will be available a little later (when she has time to edit and upload it to Poet County Jail). Here's the translation, ahead of time.
Neither of us caught it from the beginning, sorry.
May 23rd 2012 The Voice, Oku-show, The First Reaction
Marko: …in the set or something like that. Then I’ve seen some brilliant versions on YouTube that people have come up with. There’s one of Carnival of Rust… can’t remember the name of that bloke but he plays the guitar, he’s a bit of a HD looking guy from somewhere in the U.S. and he sings in a troubadour style.
Oku: An elder gentleman?
Marko: Yeah, something like that.
Oku: Ok, I just checked it out today and paid attention to what a nice version it was.
Oku: So you take these things in a positive way?
Marko: Oh absolutely. Songs tend to have a life of their own and if they do then it’s just great for us and I’m sure great for other people too.
Oku: Well, Poets of the Fall doesn’t do covers at gigs I’m sure. You have plenty of your own songs.
Marko: We have, back in the day.
Marko: Yeah, yeah. On our first tour we played Simon & Garfunkel’s Hazy Shade of Winter and it went on for about a year because we didn’t have that many songs yet with only just one album out. And I liked that song immensely. Then we had a cover version of Chris Cornell’s You Know My Name and we’ve performed that live a couple of times.
Oku: Alright. If such were to happen that you would cover some songs, for a charity concert for example, what would you pick?
Marko: Whoa, there would be… that’s a good question because I’ve thought about it, and we all have thought about it together that if we were to make a cover album, what songs would we include. I think it would have the ones I mentioned plus Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill and… what was it… hmm… Duran Duran’s Ordinary World. Songs like this would quite possibly end up on it.
Oku: If you could choose any band to cover your songs, what band would it be? What would make it a complete wow-experience for you, to hear them doing Poets of the Fall?
Oku: Yeah, that’s pretty…
Oku: After some Coldplay, some new Poets of the Fall on The First Reaction.
Oku: On The First Reaction today The Lie Eternal by Poets of the Fall will be playing. There’s something about pronouncing the name of the song that makes me nervous.
Marko: Makes you feel nervous?
Oku: Somehow that “Eternal” is such a difficult word for a Finnish mouth.
Marko: Yeah, well… Eternal.
Marko: The Lie Eternal. It’s not actually difficult at all. It comes out quite naturally.
Oku: But some English words are really difficult for Finnish mouths.
Marko: Mmmh. It could be if you’re unused to… For me, having grown up with both of these languages it’s so natural. I sometimes think if other people can say these or even get the gist of them even if they’re native speakers. But on the surface it’s worked out pretty well.
Oku: Tell me a little bit about your background. What does it mean when you say English is very familiar to you?
Marko: Ah, well the first language I learned to speak was Finnish, at home. But then, my mom used to live in the UK before I was born and she moved here when I was born. So I learned Finnish first and once I knew how to speak in Finnish, we all started to speak English at home. And somehow I really grew to like that language a lot and we spoke a lot of English and I learned it… and so.
Oku: Was it clear to you right from the start that Poets of the Fall will make music in English?
Marko: Yes, it was. I write music and lyrics in both languages but the majority of it I think is in English. Unless you count in text messages because I write a lot of those. And my text messages are marathon length usually. So it might be that at the end of the day Finnish language prevails after all. But sometimes it’s really fun to get to use English, talk with friends in English, and that’s fun. Because you do live in Finland after all and your vocabulary narrows down a bit every once in a while.
Oku: Is there any truth to the claim that it’s easier to write songs in English?
Marko: No, it’s not easier to write songs in English. I think the reason behind a claim like that is that if you write in a foreign language, you experience things differently. It’s not so close to you. It’s like you’re looking at it from the sidelines. So in that sense it may seem easier. Writing in your own language and coming up with a text is usually easier but it also more easily sounds cornier. I think the point of view shifts a little, depending on what language you’re writing in. But when you understand the other language well, you use it a lot, you can break the rules a little and you can say that breaking the rules was deliberate, and if you can create something new to that other language somehow, it’s challenging as hell.
Oku: This easily provokes thoughts about translating English lyrics into Finnish… like “Bye bye Hollywood Hills forever”. Yeah.
Oku: It does sound corny translated.
Marko: Yes, but you need to understand that it’s written in the context of English.
Oku: Right. That’s what Samu Haber wanted to write.
Oku: Today on The First Reaction we’re playing The Lie Eternal. But before we get into that, I’m going to ask you the same question I ask all my guests on this show: What is your first music related memory?
Marko: My first music related memory… Oh Guggenheim, this goes so far back into my childhood. It has to be something like travelling in a car and there was a song playing on the radio “If you can’t think of anything then how about some sex…”
Oku laughs: So that’s how it all started?
Oku: When was the first time when the name Poets of the Fall was first uttered? Aloud.
Marko: It was…. 2003, May. So just about now, 9 or 10 years ago.
Oku: Congratulation! It’s your 10th anniversary then, is it?
Marko: No, actually it’s coming up next year… Febr… no July… no, April 25th. That’s going to be our 10th Anniversary. We just turned 9 on April.
Oku: What happened on that day?
Marko: That’s when we sat at the beach with Olsku Polsku [polsku = splash in English, but Ollie Splash doesn’t quite rhyme as a nickname] in his car, which back then was our office. We were thinking about what we want to do with our wonderful life and decided to start a band together and listed our goals and what we need to do to reach them so that we would have a fun life. So that’s the day we officially started the band and I remember it because it was my name day also.
Oku: And 10 years up soon.
Oku: And on The First Reaction some new music, The Lie Eternal.
Oku: And before we play it, anything you’d like to say about it?
Marko: Anything I want to say about it… Just that you had best choose your own truth.