Hanna Tsepesh: Moro Piritta Lumous! I know that you are a little busy with your next album. Can you talk a little about Manzana history and introduce yourself and others band members, for the people who don't know your band, to know a little more about Manzana.
Hanna Tsepesh: Can you tell to us about Manzana name? Why that name?
Piritta Lumous: Manzana means an apple in Spanish, as you probably knew. I was studying Spanish for a little while, and I saw the word Manzana Venenosa somewhere, and I thought it was just a word with great rhythm. We had the name already, when we started thinking about what it meant! But, poison apple is like pop-metal, fresh from the top and dangerous inside...Women on old plays always use the poison, they don´t run around swinging swords and stuff like that.
Hanna Tsepesh: I like them a lot and you don’t need to thank me! For the people that going to hear your music or album, and not to stay confused by the style, how you define your sound? You said before that is pop-Metal but can you explain that a little more…
Hanna Tsepesh: Speaking about your first album “Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart”, i like it very much i think i listing to them 10 times (laughs), you and your band make a excellent work, and i really love your voice is really Rock voice (for me), i think Manzana create there own style and i have sure that with time you going to mold more your style. For those who don’t listing to your album yet, tell me little bit about “Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart”…
Piritta Lumous: It is our debut album, and it was recorded after we played the songs on quite many shows already, because we started as a live band, not visa versa like many bands do nowadays. Henkka and I wrote most of the stuff by recording things with a computer, but we also jammed the songs quite a lot with the band. The album is lyrically about letting life in, about finding hate from yourself as a mean to defend yourself, and quit being a nice idiot that everyone screws. I just wanted to get rid of some shit that has been happening, as usual. Henkka wanted to make the songs as groovy as possible, yet with metal sounds.
Hanna Tsepesh: Tell me how it was recording this album on studio? You have all the lyrics in your mind and the guys all the riffs?
Piritta Lumous: We are lucky, because Henkka owns half of the studio, so we got to record stuff in pieces. We recorded mostly in the night, also Christmas, so that we didn´t take time from the better paying customers... We had most stuff ready, riffs and lyrics, when we started, we made pretty clear demos beforehand. But some songs still changed in the studio, in Cripple Heart I come in one day and Henkka ´s thrown away whole chorus. Then we just make up a new one and I sing it. We had Aksu of the Entwine recording and producing Falling To Pieces, and he also made little arranging. Aksu is a drummer himself, so he arranged drums with Heikki in the studio too. Sometimes in the studio you just get so blind about your stuff when you think about it all day, that you don´t see what you´re doing anymore, so it was good to get Aksus ears too!
Hanna Tsepesh: One Curiosity… It is easy for a Metal band to go to studio to make there own albums? You guys on Finland have support to do it? And with Manzana, you have any difficulty? Tell to us about that, because some Portuguese think that Finland is some kind of “wonderland country for Metal” (laughs), and is easy to get support and to went on studio etc…
Hanna Tsepesh: You have also one video in your MySpace band, your single “Fallen To Pieces”. I like the video, is a very good work. How was the video shoot? you and the guys have fun making it?
Piritta Lumous: We really hope so! It is one of our dreams to tour southern Europe this year! We got the album released in Italy and Greece just a few weeks ago, so we hopefully they like it and we get to tour down there and maybe go out for Spain and Portugal also! I´ve wanted to see Lisbon for years to ride the trams!
Hanna Tsepesh: cool, we hope to see you and the band in here too! I know that you guys are very busy with the 2º album “ Babies of Revolution”, and you also have one music to listen on MySpace. Can you tell me when the album will be released? Can you tell to us a little more about them? There's any change or news about you guys on this new album?
Piritta Lumous: It is scheduled to be out in August now, because it makes no sense to release an album in the summer, when all the Festivals are on. It is quite much like the first album, but maybe a bit more punky and bouncy. But very Manzana, poppy melodies and heavy instruments with a plenty of heartbroke.
Hanna Tsepesh: Last question, do you want to say anything to your fans in Portugal?
Piritta Lumous: We´re all lost and broken, why not to share it!
By: Hanna Tsepesh