Took a cab from home, picked up Tony and headed for the train just after 10 in the evening. We opted to fly down to Helsinki but since there was no morningflight out of Kemi on the 7th we had to take the nightrain. In the evening as me & Tommy were having our nightcap we met a 80+ year old doctor dude and chatted with him for some time, interesting conversation indeed.I spent the last waking hours by listening through the new Amoral album.Gonna give it another spin at some point.
Woke up around 0800, there was somekinda fire-alarm-whatever going off in the train, no idea what was the deal so I just continued sleeping. As soon as we arrived it was time for a morning ”drink” and then a bit of waiting for Elias & Pasi to show up. When the whole bunch was present we stuffed ourselves into a cab and headed to Chartmakers to start working with Svante on the mastering. For those of you who’re into this stuff, we had the band mix and the vocals separately so that we could do more finetuning at the mastering as opposed to just providing the whole mix with everything in it. Being that there’s always some waiting involved with the mastering, we managed to go through a bunch of promo-pics and deleting stuff that we don’t want to use, didn’t finish going through all the pics though but at least we got started. After spending the whole day at the mastering we had a dinner at the hotel. Masi made an appeareance and Elias & I headed out with him for a few beers.
The mastering was finished and radio edits done for a couple of tracks, the rest of the day was spent in a meeting with our manager, trying to sort out as many things as possible, since we don’t go to Helsinki that often. Had a nice dinner at a place called Colorado before calling it a night and getting rested for the videoshoot tomorrow.
btw, this has been sort of a theme song on this trip, enjoy:
Left the hotel just after breakfast and headed for Lahti and the Sibeliustalo there to shoot the band
part for our first video with this album. This was a surprisingly quick operation and while waiting for everything to be setup we did some video-interview-thing about the album, continued selection promopics and at times…also just waited :-) When everything was done we still had time to hit a pizza place before our train leaved towards the north. A reporter friend of ours also dropped in during the day and there might be some news here: www.soundi.fi at some point.
In the train I started to read the Ministry book which was give to the band by our manager, but only got through around 50 pages or so before falling to sleep.At around 0900 we were in Kemi, Tony dropped me off at home and this trip was done.
Next up in SA-land is the listening party for the new album next Friday (17.1.)