I was curious to know what the bands I like like, so I asked Joni Seppänen from Black Lizard
if he’d pick a video and he kindly dug..
Joni: This one! I love how the magical mystery tour meets Japanese weirdness: Kikagaku Moyo “Kodama”
Me: whoah! have you seen these guys?
Joni: never, I wish they would come here or we would get to play with them somewhere
Me: I saw them in Boston recently
it was like a religious experience
Joni: yeah that’s so cool
enough talk, let’s get to important things like cat pictures..
Me: this is a fab pick, hadn’t seen
I wish you’d come play over here!
Joni: Would be the best, we have to make so good record next we’re able to come
Joni: yeah, It has taken a while, have to make sure it has some rare stuff on it too
unused songs, covers, demos
Joni: well, there’s gotta be something, that’s never been out, makes it more interesting
Me: ahaha, to me your music is interesting enough
and you’re recording a new record now as well?
Joni: yeah, we’re going to studio early next year- gonna be bit different style now
Joni. different? you don’t say?
Joni: I’ve written really folky stuff that might become new lizard songs, have you heard demos?
Joni: yeah that’s different project
using this name for putting out demos
*I hit play and my brain shatters into a million shining points of light*
Joni: home recordings to this cheap tracker
Me: I’m smiling, this is so good
the pedal in covet
Joni: electro harmonix mellotron pedal
Me: (geeking out over hearing the ehx mellotron put to use) you did? no way!! I want one of those!!
are you playing it through keyboard?
Joni: no just guitar, cant’ play keys much*
Me: that is amazing, I was wondering how that pedal sounded through guitar
Me: are you running these vocals through some sort of tremolo?
Joni: yeah, I got this first version of pod for vocals
old cheap stuff, but it’s enough
Me: I was thinking the other day how your music has classic 60s qualities to it but you make something new like you are evolving that sound.
half of the lizard. which half? you decide..
Black Lizard are from Helsinki, Finland, and they have the wickedest basslines.
* this is interesting because Joni absolutely slays on guitar, and I normally subscribe to the Sonic Boom “One chord best” theory but the following dropped my jaw: