Playlist of My Life is back from a short festival break, with the newest list from the lead guitarist of Äänekoski-based SCARS OF SOLITUDE, Tuomo Laulainen. The band’s melodic metal follows confidently in the footsteps of their bigger local counterparts, such as BEFORE THE DAWN, with a healthy dose of Finnish melancholy in the spirit of SENTENCED. Tuomo is also the latest addition to the ranks of melodic death metal powerhouse AMONG THE PREY, who feature members from acts like THUNDERSTONE and AGONIZER. Read below what Tuomo picked for his list during the summer!
1. The first song you remember hearing as a child
My mother used to listen to great artists like Kirka and Tommi Läntinen when I was a child. Such songs as “Via Dolorosa” or “Surun pyyhit silmistäni” still come back to haunt me today, looping in my head. Thanks mum!
2. The first song you can recall ever really and truly loving
The first song I truly fell in love with must have been “In the Shadows” by THE RASMUS. I might have heard it from the radio for the first time. I was a big fan of the band for many years. I had their show from Ankkarock on a VHS tape, which I would play drums along to on a kit of boxes. I should really go see these guys live sometime now that they’re active again!
3. A song that you loved as a teenager/reminds you of high school
That would be “Are You Dead Yet” by CHILDREN OF BODOM. I used to listen to COB a lot in my teenage years and “AYDY” must have been the song that got me to listen to COB and like death metalish music in general. Every time I hear the intro riff of the song – a flood of memories.
4. The song or band that got you into metal music (or the current genre you play in)
“Cowboys from Hell” by PANTERA. Great riffs and lots of energy! Also a big thank you to the old Radio Jyväskylä (pre-Radio City) for doing great ground work on that matter.
5. The most recent song to get stuck in your head
“Miks ei” by Laura Voutilainen. Ended up listening to the song on Spotify after playing the same stage at Järvifestarit just recently and it stuck with me. Such a catchy tune!
6. Your guilty pleasure song/band
I don’t really feel much guilt or shame for any music I listen to. Maybe I should but I don’t really care that much. I know exactly what you’re looking for here and there’s a lot of stuff that could go under that category. “Treasure” by Bruno Mars is nowadays a classic on the go for some reason, as well as “Pimpeli Pom” by Vesa-Matti Loiri. Both were blasted a lot during Nummirock also! “Attention” by Charlie Puth would also go well under this category. The song has a real nice bassline! Last but not least, “True Survivor” by David Hasselhoff. Legendary!
7. The first album you bought with your own money/the first album you were really excited to own
“Somewhere Back in Time” by IRON MAIDEN; I’m not 100% sure if it was the first album I ever bought but for sure it was the first one I was really excited to own: a collection that had all the MAIDEN classics. If I remember correctly, I bought it the day I got from 5th grade or something. My favourite song from the album was and would still be “The Evil That Men Do.”
8. A song that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot beverage
Hmmmm… maybe “The Gale” by INSOMNIUM as it reminds me of feeling cold and soaking wet on a night of midsummer. The song goes well with rain and what else could you do in that kind of weather than lie on a couch and drink tea? Like seriously?
9. A song to blast at full volume while you’re on the road
I tend to blast the song “Magic Mike” by IKINÄ because it has such a positive vibe to it. You either love or hate that song, so it has a quality to annoy some of my friends and bandmates too. CENTHRON is also an artist with some great songs to blast on the road!
10. The song you’d most like to be played at your funeral
“Mourn” by SENTENCED might suit the occasion just as well as “Weighed Down with Sorrow” by INSOMNIUM. Or then something completely different like “Walking on Sunshine” to create contrast or lighten up the mood.
Interview by Mika Ringman & Bear Wiseman