June 2009: A Decade

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

As we're now entering our teens, we decided it's time to sum up everything we've been up to so far in the form we know best: music. Seriously, we may have not made the hugest of waves in the world, but we've enjoyed every second of surfing those tiny ripples our pebbles have created and found ourselves in quite a few amazing situations and experienced an amazing amount of feelings.

Those situations and feelings are now to the best of our ability squeezed into one 7:47 minute musical work. I know our songs always have great lyrics that you should pay attention to, but this time I'd go to the length of saying this: please do not listen to this track without the lyrics (see below) as they are the single most important thing in this song.

After you've enjoyed the story, it's time to go treasure hunting! We will be releasing an annotated version (to some degree) of the lyrics in the near future, but the lyrics, the song and the entire soundscape of this track are filled with tiny references, samples and nods to things from our past. The floor is now yours to try to spot as many as you can. Please go ahead and post your findings in the comments section!

Thanks to everybody for everything up until now! Now that we've looked back, it's time to look forward again. July's song will be an instant summer hit!

ps. Don't forget, we're celebrating the first 10 years of Viola at Club Semifinal in Helsinki this Wednesday (June 3rd). See you all there at 8pm!!!


Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Riku Kärkkäinen


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.


Tässä kappaleessa on selkeä

Tässä kappaleessa on selkeä virhe! "Then the acronymic EP and some gigs but not that plenty" -kohdan taustalla soi Dreaming of the Ultimate Girl -kuvio, vaikka eihän se vielä Escapist Pioneersilla ollut!


Hienosti spotattu! Tosin musa

Hienosti spotattu! Tosin musa ja lyriikat eivät ole ihan kronologiasynkassa monessa muussakaan paikassa. Montako löydät?


- Yleisesti alun

- Yleisesti alun akkarisynkistely viitannee Violan silloiseen linjaan.

- Dreaming of the Ultimate Girl -sample ep-kohdassa.

- Violentia-sample, "shared EP"

- Jonkun remixin mukailua melancholydisco-osassa?

- Apina-kohdassa Shamateur-naurua vasemmassa kajarissa

- Wonderabilia-kohdassa junarataääni

- Planet Struck -tömähtelyä.

- Planet Struck -tyylinen jyrinä ennen loppujytkeen alkua

- We Owe Love -sämple "we owe love" -kohdassa?

- Mela2 -perkat lopussa.

Mitkä oli pielessä, puuttuuko paljon?


Loistavat sanat kyllä! Hyvä

Loistavat sanat kyllä! Hyvä idea.

ps.onneksi tuo matikkatehtävä on noin helppo, kun ei ole matikka koskaan kuulunut lempiaineisiini, niin en sitä kauheasti osaakkaan.


:,) ...Kiitos. <3 Pysykää

:,) ...Kiitos. <3 Pysykää ihanina.


Höööö! Koitetaan, mutta

Höööö! Koitetaan, mutta mitään ei luvata.


Tämähän menee selkeästi

Tämähän menee selkeästi Violan hömppäkuriositeettiosastolle, mutta toimii kyllä siinä tarkoituksessa mihin se on tarkoitettu. Lauluissa oli nyt ehkä hieman liikaa sellaista "apua, 5min aikaa pistää kaikki purkkiin!" -lapustalukuhenkeä.

Hassu... öh, noh, nostalgiafiilis tästä kyllä tuli. :)


Cool, Viola meets Ennio

Cool, Viola meets Ennio Morricone on blue monday at the disco.


Cool description! Thanks!

Cool description! Thanks!


The song was nice but there

The song was nice but there was a little bit too many different parts imho. All those parts would have been great as separate songs! I liked the last part when the song got all fast and you started thanking the people on that list. You should make a dance track like that for us indie electro lovers!:)


Thanks a lot for the

Thanks a lot for the feedback! We totally agree that the parts would work better as separate songs, especially as most of the parts are more or less pastiches of our old stuff. :)

This was surely just a one-off thing where we weren't trying to make a "song" per se, but to tell the story of our 1st ten years in both lyrics and music.

But do not worry, summer's here and next month's track will surely reflect that in a sweetly hedonistic disco fashion!


Thank you so much! I'm happy

Thank you so much! I'm happy that you liked our little anniversary song. And good to know that our thank you list can also be used as a guide for pronouncing Finnish first names! Glad to be at your service!


Wow guys!! I love this song

Wow guys!! I love this song so much! I loved the way you described everything, the song has several rhythmic parts, very good.
good you have been next to Iconcrash and Ultranoir, I like those bands as well ;) and I must thank you for the finnish lesson at the end hehehe :)
Congratulations for this song and your decade! I really hope you keep achieving more years together :) success and good luck!

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