Helsinki, Finland-based, electronic connoisseurs Lessons – brothers Samu and Ville Kuukka and Patrick Sudarski – present their debut EP ‘Tempest’ (released on June 17th via Sinnbus). A smartly engaging collection of “danceable synth pop with a dark undercurrent”, dealing with near death experiences, addiction and oppressive regimes…
Hi Lessons! Please introduce yourselves:
Patrick: We are a band of diverse musical backgrounds. Samu & Ville are also known for their ambient/post rock project “The Gentleman Losers”. I’ve played in several bands ranging from Noise, Shoegaze, Pop and Folk. LESSONS is danceable synth pop with a dark undercurrent. We are an international band – Finland, Germany. Despite the darkness in the sound and the lyrical content we believe in groove & rhythm. LESSONS most definitely is a success if people dance to it.
Describe your sound in five words:
Ville: big, fat, pussy, cat no wait that’s just four…
What’s your EP ‘Tempest’ all about?
Samu: Musically we’re going for the area that we find fascinating, somewhere between poppiness and deep, dark undercurrents.
Patrick: There is no coherent train of thought, or a concept as such in the lyrics. I like to study the abnormal to understand the normal. Therefore the songs are dealing with subjects ranging from near death experiences, addictions, oppressive regimes of the past. (though rather from a characters viewpoint, not as a political agenda)
Who would you say are your biggest influences musically and non-musically?
Samu: Brassaï, R. Doisneau, Jim Jarmusch, Neil Young, Bergman, Godard, Truffaut, Bukowski
Patrick: Devo, Suicide, Scott Walker, Talking Heads, Nabokov
If you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Ville: Bettina Rheims
Samu: Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack
What’s been your favourite city to live in in terms of musical opportunities?
Patrick: That would have to be Berlin. Not just for the fact that LESSONS was brought to life there, but also because the music scene of the whole world seems to gather there.
What’s the music scene like in Scandinavia at the moment? Any favourite artists?
Ville: Sorry I don’t follow the scene too closely. El Perro Del Mar.
Samu: We’ve been pretty busy with our own thing for a while to really know. But El Perro Del Mar keeps making brilliant music. Stina Nordenstam is a genius, but I don’t even know what’s she’s been up to recently.
Photography by Teemu Kurko