Happy Friday – it’s time for our new music feature! Today we speak to a band from Finland, Max and Mikko from LOVE SPORT, whose sound could be described as “the golden age of indie rock” which is a pretty good description in our opinion.
Tell us who you are and what’s your sound
Max: I am Max Mäkinen, the drummer of a rock n roll band LOVE SPORT.
Mikko: My name is Mikko Sulonen and I’m the guitarist of LOVE SPORT.
What exciting projects have you got coming up?
Mikko: Well we just released our sophomore album “And Justice For All” in May so it would be nice to play some gigs. We did one online but I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed about being able to play in front of the audience again soon.
Max: Getting my mental health in better shape, it’s an exciting one for sure.
Where did you grow up and what music influenced you?
Max: I grew up in Helsinki. When I was 8 years old I saw a picture of Roger Taylor of Queen. His hair was so cool, that I thought I should be a drummer as well. I was drawn to more extreme kinds of music and I kept searching for heavier and weirder shit for all my childhood and teen years. After finding myself deep into harsh noise, power electronics, avant garde and South American teenage noisecore bands, I thought I’d walked a certain path to its end. After that point, for the last 15 or so years, I’ve been just expanding my mind when it comes to all art. Often music bores and irritates me, even the stuff I like, so these days I mostly listen to silence.
Mikko: I was 7 years old when we got MTV so my taste in music was hugely influenced by all those Headbanger’s Ball, Beavis & Butt-head and Alternative Nation episodes. I’m from Helsinki as well and we actually went to the same music oriented elementary school with Max in the mid 90’s. That was another huge influence.
What cool places do you recommend to visit in your city (bars, restaurants, etc)?
Max: Bars suck the life out of me, so my recommendation would be to avoid them. The best restaurant in Helsinki is Il Bucatino in Tehtaankatu. I recommend everyone visiting Helsinki to find a forest and go there.
Mikko: My restaurant recommendation would be Platito and bar recommendation Pub Magneetti.
We love recommendations – what have you been listening to, watching, or reading recently?
Mikko: Few Finnish recommendations first: I really like the new Oranssi Pazuzu and Ghost World albums. I also really like what Nikita Titov is doing. My recent playlist has some Alvvays, Squid, The Shins, Mac DeMarco, Sheryl Crow, Crumb, Air, Suzanne Vega, The Ark, MGMT, Lizzo…All sorts of “summer music” I guess.
Max: Last few months I’ve been listening to Šostakovitš, Aivovuoto, David Bowie, Psychic TV and Vivenza. If you haven’t read a book by J.M. Coetzee, read one today. Couple of days ago I tried to watch the movie “Argo”, but the interesting subject matter didn’t save it from being a piece of shit movie with too much of Ben Affleck’s face. So I washed my eyes by rewatching “Solaris” by Tarkovsky. Yes, I am elitist, thank you for asking.
Finally, what was the last thing that made you swear out loud?
Max: The recurring realization that too often people tend to be spineless cowards. Fearing, that I might be one myself, makes me cry.
Mikko: Signing in to Twitter usually does the trick.
Be sure to check out Love Sport’s Facebook page which you can find here which you can find here Love Sport and get following them on Instagram here @lovesportband – below you can check out some more of their tracks on Spotify!
Interview by: Alex Minnis