Finnish band, The Poets of the Fall, performed at the Hard Rock Cafe to a packed house on Friday, 24th August. The gig was organised by VH1 Handpicked. The exciting countdown to the show saw the audience singing Aerosmith and Metallica songs played by the DJ. We chatted with the lead vocalist of the band Marko Saaresto.
How did you guys get together?
We were writing our first song, called Late Goodbye. And it was basically me and ‘Captain’… He was recording that, and that’s how we got started. The rest of the guys came later, while we were working on the album. And we met with Jaska (Makinen) and Jari (Salminen) while working on our second single. We’ve been together for 10 years now.
If you had to sum up your entire journey what would you say?
(Laughs) Roller coaster ride.
What is your most memorable moment?
There are lot of moments like that. But the time I got Signs of Life from the album press, and it hadn’t been released yet. I had seen it for the first time, and thought, “wow, this is gonna be in the record stores, it’s a dream come true…” I didn’t even know if it was going to sell, but there was a huge rush over Poets of the Fall during that time already… So there was hope. And even this time, writing Temple of Thought… I remember the whole album, every individual song, how I felt when I wrote those, when we wrote them together or wherever I was when I wrote the lyrics.
What was your inspiration for Temple of Thought?
It was basically the idea of a trilogy, like first, Signs of Life and then Carnival of Rust and now Temple of Thought. Basically refers to how at first we humans are sort of, protected in our surroundings and our thoughts and how we ‘come out’ and realise that no, the world is much different than what we thought at first, and you know… unexpected, that’s Carnival of Rust. And the human body in itself, and how it in fact, is a Temple of Thought.
So what brings you to India?
We’ve performed here before. Love the food, and the rain!
More on the band
Poet of the Fall last visited India in the year 2011 and performed at Banglaore.The band was formed in the year 2003.They shot to fame with Late Goodbye, a song written for the computer game Max Payne 2 in 2003.
In order to have complete control and freedom over the band, the members founded their own independent record label, Insomniac, on which they have released all their CDs as of now.