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Viola Music Club 2009

December 2009: This Year It Will Be Different

Season's Greetings to all you Music Clubbers!

As December is stalking upon us, it's time to get merry! Thus we present to you a sequel of sorts to our 2004 Christmas 7": This Year It Will Be Different!

Download song: This Year It Will Be Different (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

last year we waited for the snow in vain
but instead it just rained
and last year the strangest sadness filled the air
we never thought we'd feel this way
on our favourite day of the whole long year

but don't worry because
this year it will be different
real and heartfelt
this year it will be different
all will fall into place
this year won't be like

last year
when the lights of love had disappeared
we were lonely and astray
oh last year
like a candle without a flame
we watched the season slip away
while our hearts were trapped in some cold dark place

but this year it will be different
real and heartfelt
this year it will be different
all will fall into place
because this year wont be like

last year
enough about last year

this year it will be different
real and heartfelt
this year it will be different
our hearts will melt
this year it will be different
all will fall into place
and real love will prevail

November 2009: No Connection

Hi everybody!

To conclude our autumnal triptych of holy melancholy, we present to you a track by the name of No Connection, which might lyrically be one of the darkest Viola tracks yet, so it's fitting we're releasing it on All Hallows' Eve.

Download song: No Connection (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

no connection
can't get through
inside the box
no space to move
stuck in the night
with this lonely sound
there's no connection
there's no way out

isolation creeping in
yet it gets too crowded
within the skin

no connection
time stops soon
I hibernate in this steel cocoon
cut off from life
and the line is torn
there's no connection anymore

when you're left with just your thoughts
captured by the walls
you start to wonder
if there is a world at all
even the boy in the bubble
was able to see through
and the love leaked in
and the started to bloom

no connection
no rainbow
no sky up above
no breeze of hope
claustrophobic inner voice
too much information
head filled with noise

no connection
the line is dead
tangled around my throat instead
communication cut off like claws
of a tamed old beast in it's time-worn cage

but there's a message coming through
I can feel it in the air
how can it be true
if there's no connection
a signal pushing through
emerging from the noise
the air is getting thin
there's still no connection

everyone needs protection from themselves sometimes
so I drift into sleep
when amber light illuminates I am connected
but until then there's no connection
no connection
no connection
no connection

nothing else could get through
couldn't pierce it's way into this non-room
nothing else could get through
what if all this time I was waiting for - - - - -

October 2009: Beautiful Lost Things

Dear friends,

As promised, we're continuing along the fall-time in melancholic tunes. Not as deeply wrapped in seas of sound as last month, but in distinctly autumnal tones.

Download song: Beautiful Lost Things (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

where are all those lost things
that have slipped out of our view
places that have vanished
plans that fell through

we can sense how they still linger
in the twilight world
stuck between love and oblivion
and in our dreams
where we are lonely ghosts
who always cling
to beautiful lost things

this is not nostalgia
it's purely ontological
existence is much more than we understand

underneath the layers
of our reality
there's a place for things that have slipped through the cracks
and are waiting still
a secret land within
where we can be kings
of all beautiful lost things

and everybody's saying
that nothing that we do or say
can bring them back again
but as long as we don't forget
they'll wait for us there
all beautiful lost things

nothing is lost

September 2009: Sea Curtain

Greetings, good people, followers of Viola Music Club!

Sadly, we had to kiss the shimmery summer of 2009 goodbye yesterday as we're now stepping into September and as always, it brings autumn along with it.

So obviously this means it's time to quiet down here at the club as well. It's been a particularly sweaty summer this year as far as our music goes, so it's definitely about time to cool down a bit with some far more mellow sounds.

Download song: Sea Curtain (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

this must be the end of the play
the end of the way we thought would never change
so let flow let flow let flow over it all
take my hand for the final bow
no applause no curtain call
let flow let flow let flow
let it flow

let it come down at the end of the play
after the last line comes the last wave
so let flow let flow let flow over it all
the weight of the ocean, the deepest bow
leave only the ghost light on
let flow let flow let flow
let it flow

August 2009: Oh How You Dance

Hi friends!

We've already reached the fifth track of this music club endeavour and this time we've done something we rarely do: recorded a cover song!

So here it is, fully Violated and translated to English: TV-Resistori's ever-so-wonderful 'Näen tanssivan sun uudestaan'!

Download song: Oh How You Dance (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Yrjö Saarinen
Words:
Yrjö Saarinen (translated by Riku Kärkkäinen)

Lyrics

Oh how you dance
I stare entranced
Is there a chance
that you would catch my glance

Oh how you dance
I stare entranced
Is there a chance
that you would catch my glance

Hey baby, please don't stop
You move, you move me so
Let the music flow

Hey baby, just don't stop
I'm your captive on the dance floor
I want to see much more

I can't keep up with you
I get out of step
This is too much
Make-up's running down.

Oh how you dance
I stare entranced
Is there a chance
that you would catch my glance

Oh how you dance
I stare entranced
Is there a chance
that you would catch my glance

Hey baby, please don't stop
A kiss is what I'm longing for
One look and I'm all yours

Hey baby, just don't stop
The night is young
oh no
I'm already getting slow

Do I have to keep going on
Don't you already know
you have to take me
home with you

Oh how you dance
You have to take me

Oh how you dance
This is too much

Oh how you dance
You have to take me
home with you

July 2009: Shimmery Summery (Sha-La-La Love)

SUMMERTIME Y'ALL!!!

Even Finland has gotten a taste of real summer this year for a change, so obviously this calls for celebration and what better way to celebrate than with Viola's first official summer hit!

(Please also vote for S S (S-L-L L) in the Radio Helsinki summer hit 2009 finals!)

Download song: Shimmery Summery (Sha-La-La Love) (mp3, 320kbps)
Shimmery Summery (Sha-La-La Love) (mp3, 128kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

baby, let's do it
let's make it through the summer

shimmery summery sha-la-la love
shimmery summery
shimmery summery sha-la-la love
shimmery summery

hey, let's calculate
come up with a catchphrase
for kids to sing throughout the summer
naive, innocent and sweet
some fluffy make-believe
to sell the idea of summer

everybody gets a little bit funny
shimmery summery sha-la-la love
shimmery summery uu-ah uu-ah
everybody wants to find their honey
shimmery summery sha-la-la love
shimmery summery u-aa
baby, let's do it
let's make it through the summer

whoa, that could bring us dough
quite catchy even though
it's not as good as Coco Jambo
well, what the hell
if only it will sell
we can forget it after summer

everybody gets a little bit funny
shimmery summery sha-la-la love
shimmery summery uu-ah uu-ah
everybody wants to find their honey
shimmery summery sha-la-la love
shimmery summery u-aa
baby, let's do it
let's make it through the summer

mandatory reggae part!
autumnal love grows like a rainstorm
wintry love will keep you warm
springtime love well it's a bit of a norm
but there's something really special
in that shimmery summery sha-la-la love

everybody gets a little bit funny
shimmery summery sha-la-la love
shimmery summery uu-ah uu-ah
everybody wants to find their honey
shimmery summery sha-la-la love
shimmery summery u-aa
baby, let's do it
let's make it through the summer
u-aa u-aa u-aa

shimmery summery sha-la-la love
shimmery summery
shimmery summery sha-la-la love
shimmery summery
shimmery summery sha-la-la love
shimmery summery
shimmery summery sha-la-la love
shimmery summery
uu-ah uu-ah

June 2009: A Decade

This month we've got something very special for you good people: a musical and lyrical retrospective on the first 10 years of Viola!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

summer 1999 - a new name and a new start
after years in a Lieksa basement with cassettes full of sound
just me and Esa, then Ville joined in
next January Anu came to play the keys
first clumsy gig in April thanks to Maxine
we were lost in a forest, played beneath the cathedral
and as Ville left and the door slammed we continued as a trio
a winter session in Hinthaara, silver glitter glue with Virpi
then the acronymic EP and some gigs but not that plenty
our laptop drummer had been kind of neat
but then Tommi joined to add some force to the beat

our little momentum
under the mountain blue
our candies made of tears
won some hearts, got some cheers
under the wings of Cranes
first little tour felt great
Henkka came to do our sound
first just for those shows
then more shows
after shows

Hermann The German packed with such great plans
a shared EP and many shared stages with Iconcrash
from Moscow nights to Honkapaari fights, Petersburgian Christmas lights
disco melancholy made by a duo inside the quartet, almost waiting to burst out
and eventually in July '05 songs ended with goodbyes

thanks Esa, you're the best
thank you Anu and sorry once more
("what happened to Viola?")

we cast ourselves into unknown waters
anything could have stopped us
a simian mentor and the hidden animals
all night sessions with bad prank calls
thanks to Sami and Tuomas the show still went on
Via Dollarosa, "the perfumed letter"
a fashion show, a marathon, a masquerade
the strangest Viola's day with Tommi in the USA

a collection of wonders
the last of Tapanila sessions
"super couple of all times" watched too many times
so it was just the two of us with Henkka on the road
at the zoo with a rabbit and a cat, a squirrel and three rats
and that smelly Mambo tour, fun trips with Respa and Black Audio
then in September '08, the saddest news broke through:
Henkka was gone - we miss you, our beautiful friend

in 2009 we finally set our songs unbound
they may not fly too far but at least they have a chance
when the last song's gone you're on your own
so transmit the code to all friends unknown
'cos the smallest song can make someone sing
ghosts of chances past - set yourself free
and we keep coming back 'cos we owe love
we are Viola and it's been A Decade

We'd like to thank the following:

Our parents, Esa, Henkka, Anu, Sami, Tuomas, Ville, Päivi, Teemu, Minerva, Julius, Arttu, Virpi, Mari, Jussi A., Mikko and If Society, Petteri and Pommilaukka, Martti and Jupiter, Nina, Jussi L., Mikko O., Niko J., Marko, Jarkko, Roudi, Szarapow, Ilai, Heikki, Vilunki 3000, Tuukka, Janne, Leevi, Petri, Artemi, Jari, Aija, Jaani, Laura, Niko L., Niksu, Vesku and Miia, Jaana, Soila, Lotta and Mila, Maija and Pauliina, Leena Lehtinen, Avi, Tukeva family, Samu, Sari, Jan, Pitkämies, Jokke, Ossi, Hemppa, Mauri and Vilma, Cranes, Iconcrash, TV Resistori, Black Audio, Red Carpet, Ultrasport, I Was A Teenage Satan Worshipper, Regina, 80th Disorder, Ultranoir, Varjo, Angelica Kult, Hannulelauri, Boys Of Scandinavia, Ultramariini, Echo Is Your Love, Hero Dishonest, Sissy Spacek, I Walk The Line, Baby Sweetcorn, Videovalvontaa, Roger, Verneri Lumi, Kris Kylven, Candy Darling, Flannelmouth, The Archangels, Office Building, Tuvalu, The Underdogs

other bands we have played with
and everyone who has helped us
and everyone who has bought our stuff, come to see our shows and stuck with us through the years
especially Lassi, Leavvedolgi, Heikki and Leena.

and finally... YOU - thank you for listening.

May 2009: Nobodylovers

Track #2: Nobodylovers. Features the R. Kelly of Meilahti, R. Kärkkäinen on his rap debut. Not the most typical Viola-track again, but we really do like this one.

Download song: May 2009: Nobodylovers (mp3, 320kbps)
May 2009: Nobodylovers (mp3, 128kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

the endless glimmer of the fairground world
where the time unfurls as the machines twirl
a goldfish prize for the candy floss smiles
the festive spirits are on the rise

aloof, he moves through the crowd like sleepwalking
invisible and light as air
she's lonesome like a drizzle in springtime
looking for a place for nobodylovers
nobodylovers
nobodylovers

other lovers play a little coconut shy
soon merry goes round in the thrill of the ride
and it's all so fun and they're all so fair
and get to carry home those giant cuddly bears

somehow only he sees her, only she him
they exist just for today
funhouse mirrors twist the world around them
people turn to look but see nobody
...lovers
nobodylovers
nobodylovers
emerging from the unknown
nobodylovers
if you feel them you're not alone
nobodylovers

because it's been years since she passed away
and soon after he went the same way
but here every year they relive again
the day they met - their happiest day

nobodylovers
nobodylovers
they exist just for today
invisible and light as air
if you feel them you're not alone
if you feel them you're not alone
bodies are gone but lovers live on
invisible and light as air
bodies are gone but lovers live on
if you feel them you're not alone

bodies are gone but lovers live on

April 2009: Cute Destroyer

Ok, here we go. Our first free track for this website project...

Download song: Cute Destroyer (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

cute destroyer
starry-eyed cyclone
tear me out from my comfort zone

oh sweetness, I see destruction
sparkling in your wide eyes
cutie pie, I know you're my demise

cute destroyer
shy shatterer of my world
you leave me scattered on the floor

oh cuteness can be deceiving
I undestood much too late
the revenge of the cute brigade

cute destroyer
angelic exterminator
devastation makes you purr

so you're trying to destroy me, it's ok
my life is in disarray anyway
I should book you in the AAA
Adorable Annihilators Anonymous

cute destroyer

cute destroyer
cute destroyer
you will destroy me
oh so cutely
you will destroy me
and set me free