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?