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Interview: Temple Balls

by Ante Topic
Temple Balls

Temple Balls are a band that caught my eye or to be more accurate, ear only recently. Such a shame. Anyway, this Finnish hard rocking quintet have just released their sophomore album ”Untamed” for which I did a review and thought why not do an interview. I spoke with their vocalist Arde Teronen and guitarist Niko Vuorela and here is what they had to say to some of my questions!

Let’s start with your latest recording. You have just released “Untamed” and when you look at it now, after everything’s done what kind of feelings do you have for it?
Really happy how it all turned out. Relieved even… We’re absolutely satisfied and the response from our fans has been excellent. We’ve gained a lot of new fans too with this album. Thanks for supporting us everyone!

I am really interested in band names. What was it that made you settle on the ”Temple Balls” and what does it mean to you?
Hahaha… You’re not the only one to ask about this! The story behind our name is that when Jimi was a kid he read Andy McCoy’s autobiography and picked up those two words ‘temple balls’. He just thought that it would be a perfect band name. Of course later on we figured out that it also means something else… So all in all, it’s just a name that sounds cool.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate what you are doing?
It means a world to us! It should mean a world to any band out there if they have even one fan! Of course we write music to ourselves, but it should be also written for the fans. It feels good to gain more and more reputation as we go on.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
The most important area is the music itself. It always comes first. We don’t have any image in particular – we dress how we wanna dress, we play music we wanna play and we enjoy what we’re doing and we wanna pass it on to people as well. Maybe the image of our band would be called “be yourself image” Haha…

When you were creating the artwork for the album what made you say ”Yeah, this is the one!”?
We wanted to hold on to the ‘temple theme’ and the 2nd album cover is a sequel to the first one. It also reflects the darker theme of the album both musically and lyrically.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on YouTube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socialising with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
Well to be honest. There’s no social media fans in our band, but if you wanna stay (hip) in the music business, you gotta update your social media quite frequently. And that’s also how the fans discover you these days.

One of the down sides as well is that there’s a million other bands out there in social media, so you gotta work a lot to actually stand out of this massive ocean of bands. One of the bright sides of social media is that we can be connected with our fans. For example when we release a song and our fans like it, they most probably will show it on social media by sharing it etc.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
Yeah the band sure means everything to everyone of us. After all this is something we’ve fantasized about doing and worked for since we were kids, so it’s kinda way of life, and without it we’d be lost.

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment and what do you think can be changed to make it better?
Well, the way we see it, rock & heavy scene sure isn’t showing any signs of dying at least. Lots of heavy festivals and concerts are sold out and in this world there seems to be fans for every genre of music. We also have our share of fans and there’s still tons of people to discover us.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
We love to tour! We’ve only done just few tours outside Finland so far but it’s been amazing to enjoy other cultures, new cities, new faces and just to travel around the world. Not only having fun with it, but to also expand our “territory” and therefore increase our fan base globally. After all we’re not looking just to stay in Finland. Touring abroad is quite expensive and in every country we need to reach enough fans to cover all the expenses. Anyone could tour abroad with enough money, but is it worth it to play empty clubs? It takes a lot of work and so far it’s been totally worth it to play outside Finland.

Last question… The future… Tell me something about your future.
Well, we’d like to know about our future as well… Haha… What we do know is that some basics won’t change. Our passion for writing new music, rehearsing and touring keeps us going further all the time. During this spring we’ll do few club gigs around Finland and for the summer we’ve got couple of huge festivals comin’ up, for example “Rockfest” (Finland) and ‘Big Gun Festival’ (Moscow). There’s also plenty of things TBA for next autumn, but more about this later… We’re very stoked to promote our new album. We would love to come to Croatia too at some point. Lots of love to local fans out there!

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