Friday, March 26, 2010


Screamworks makes HIM who they are

Let’s hope the producers of the “Twilight” franchise are paying attention, because in the vaguely goth and romantic hard rock band HIM, they’ve got the perfect match for their next soundtrack. The most popular Finnish rock band of all time, HIM, whose new record, “Screamworks: Love In Theory and Practice,” seems poised to build upon an already rabid fan base. Working with American pop-punk uber-producer Matt Squire shouldn’t hurt.

“We grew up more or less listening to the same type of music,” says singer Ville Valo of Squire. “He was a big fan of ’80s hair metal stuff, but also Depeche Mode and U2, who are very important to me.”

Growing up in Helsinki, Valo says he was exposed to American punk culture through skateboarding. Wait, skateboard punks in Finland?

“It’s a good little redneck country. Santa Claus comes from Finland, that’s what it should be known for,” Valo jokes. “Nobody really believed that [Finland could produce] an internationally known act,” he adds. “The record companies when we were starting out were like, ‘There’s no way we’re going to do anything with your band,’ which obviously made us fight even harder.”


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