Viola is FREE

From now on everything we do will be free.
Everything we've made in the past is free as well.

Starting April 1st 2009, we'll be releasing 1 song each and every month on this site. At midnight on the 1st of the month. They'll all be in digital format only and completely free.

Please use the player on the right side of the page to stream our old stuff, or explore the albums to download either .zip-packages of entire albums or individual songs (click "Show tracks" from a given album).

That's it. We hope fans of physical records are not too disappointed. Those things just weren't making any more sense.

This way all the walls between us and you are down. No more waiting around. No more "promo period" or having to deal with distribution. Straight from our hearts to yours.

Best Of Viola by Tommi

It's been well over 8 months now that I had to leave Viola behind to move to New York. During that time I haven't given much thought to the decade we spent making music to satisfy our personal cravings for all different shades of melancholy, stargazing and escapism.

But yesterday I somehow ended up giving some of our material a spin and had to come to the conclusion that once in a while we actually had a great thing going.

So I finally decided to do something I had though about dozens of times before: Compile a personal Best Of playlist and write up some of the things I feel very proud we were able to get on virtual tape. In no particular order.

December 2011: Goodbye Viola

"So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night"

There's a time and place for everything and our time has come to put this project aside for the time being.

So with a song we bid you adieu.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

GOODBYE VIOLA

goodbye Viola
you've had your time
now you must step aside
so throw the last song into the night
and watch it flicker for a while

all of those old songs
will they have a chance
out there in the cold world
if no one will watch their backs
good luck to all them little brats

goodbye Viola
at least for now
come visit us sometime
if you don't get buried so deep in the ground
that you'll never find your way out

you're almost done now
fading out of view
across the ocean
or maybe replaced by something new
it's time to bid you adieu

so goodbye Viola
until the next time
goodbye Viola
rest now for a while
Viola goodbye

all of those old songs
well some weren't that bad
if they made someone happy
or comforted someone sad
so goodbye Viola
until the next time
goodbye Viola
rest now for a while
goodbye Viola
goodbye Viola
Viola goodbye

November 2011: Saddened Yet Hopeful

We're going back in time this month. Way back into the vaults of Viola where we find this gem that has survived for 10+ years without getting captured on tape save for some live renditions.

Some long time Viola friends might remember this one: Saddened Yet Hopeful.

This is the second recorded proverbial fruit of the labour with the six most amazing viola players in Finland that helped us realize Heartstring Theory in June and gave us the most amazing night on Viola's Day 2011. The strings were arranged by Jussi Tuhkanen and played by Jussi, Atte Kilpeläinen, Pisku Ristiluoma, Lilli Maijala, Lotta Poijärvi and Martta Tolonen. Recorded by Ilai Rämä.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
76bpm

Lyrics

SADDENED YET HOPEFUL

gone, my love
if it ever was
worthy of calling such
I'm still holding onto a memory
for I fear it's all that I got

I'll wait in my bed
she'll soon be here
she'll come like she said
I'm so saddened
yet hopeful

come, my love
as I know you must
come and take me away
you might get this far if the sky is clear
straying from your star to here

I'll wait in my bed
she'll soon be here
she'll come like she said she would
I'm so saddened
yet hopeful

soon, soon
if it will ever happen
if it will ever happen
it will be today
soon, soon
if it will ever happen
if it will ever happen
it will be today
soon

October 2011: Maybe You're Dreaming

Hey everybody! This month we bring you a pretty weird combination of rock, electro and shoegazing. Hope you like it.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
138bpm

Lyrics

MAYBE YOU'RE DREAMING

the sweetest reveries
are dreamed in the softest seats
of life's waiting room
where they'll never call for you, no

maybe you're dreaming
and you've never been awake
it is deceiving
so just close your eyes
and breathe your dreams in
like you never did before
maybe your dreaming just begins

the deepest mysteries
are solved when you are asleep
a dream is another life
and you have plenty more to find, oh

maybe you're dreaming
and you've never been awake
it is deceiving
so just close your eyes
and breathe your dreams in
like you never did before
maybe your dreaming just begins

turn the lights out
and close your eyes
meet me in the waking life

maybe you're dreaming
and you've never been awake
maybe your dreaming
so just close your eyes
and breathe your dreams in
like you never did before
maybe your dreaming just begins

maybe you're dreaming
maybe you're dreaming

September 2011: Informageddon

This month, we bring you a dark tale of an information overflow dystopia in the form of some pretty un-Viola-like grimy dubstep sounds.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
95bpm

Lyrics

INFORMAGEDDON

the world as we've known it
is slowly dissolving
our reality's under strain
at first a strange vapour
rose from our computers
then a liquid-like substance emerged

it sprawled across cities
left no space for breathing
the exiles went to the internet
neo-Alexandria
the library of babble
but we were not safe even there

all that you've ever known
all words ever spoken
all thoughts ever thought
and all that you'll never know
will manifest into the physical world
the infinite memory palace will fall

now the substance turns solid
there's no way to fight it
it's crushing us under its weight
the edge of knowledge
cuts the cerebral cortex
we'll leave a diamond planet in the space

all that you've ever known
all words ever spoken
all thoughts ever thought
and all that you'll never know
will turn into crystal
and engulf us all

nothing's unknown
that much is known
the immense amount
of information
the destination
informageddon

August 2011: I Like Sad Satellites

August is yet again Finnish indie cover month here at "The Club". This time one of us gets to go all narcissistic as we cover a track off of Tommi's old band, Sissy Spacek.

Download song: I Like Sad Satellites (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Ilai Rämä
Words:
Ilai Rämä
Tempo:
98bpm

Lyrics

jackie`s gone to airport (aeroport?)
no sight of heart in her heart
jackie`s gone wind carries her away
jackie`s gone leaves fall today

i like sad satellites

your touch is all too much
said a raven to a cloud
all you borrow all you steal
all the sky you pour over me..

i like sad satellites

July 2011: Summer Shenanigans

SUMMER!

As is customary, we've done our best to create a nice little piece of soundtrack for these fleeting hot summer nights. Enjoy!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
122bpm

Lyrics

SUMMER SHENANIGANS

the word is out on the streets
fresh paint drips on concrete
kids gone crazy in the heat
you bet they're up to mischief

summer shenanigans
smells like someone's cooking up some bad ass plans
summer shenanigans
idle dirty hands and ants in the pants
happy summer mondays beat the winter weekends
gotta go wild before the summer ends

summer! (it's about time it's about time it's about)
summer shenanigans!

summer shenanigans
woke up buried neck deep in the sand
summer shenanigans
beware the guy with the jazz hands

summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer! (it's about time it's about time it's about)
summer shenanigans!

hey have you heard the news, boy
you can't get the blues, oh no
if you stay amused or even confused
stick with us and you get to choose

summer shenanigans!
summer! (it's about time it's about time it's about)
summer shenanigans!
shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!

just a little fun fun fun
everybody's gotta have some some
hey daddy-o, you're in a freaking YouTube video

summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!

June 2011: Heartstring Theory

Wow.

That's all we can say.

This month's track is way way different (even from the previous way way different ones) than any of our previous tracks. This one is just Riku singing with 6 of the most amazing viola-players in the WORLD. Now how cool is that?!

Download song: Heartstring Theory (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

how to keep reaching for
the most inmost core
the stuff we're all made of
if a minuscule particle
contains a universe

when the bow hits the string
that keeps this all in place
it ends as it begins
it makes our hearts vibrate

filling the harmony
of a unified theory
macroverse on a string

and we keep looking for
the ultimate score
to play music in ten dimensions
that flows like spacetime waves
causing that secret tension
that makes our hearts vibrate
it makes our hearts vibrate
it makes our hearts vibrate
it makes our hearts vibrate

May 2011: Break The News Gently

Ok, April is over and done with for one more year and it's time to get back into SERIOUS business. And that can only mean a track so heavily drenched in the 80s, you'll think we accelerated our Deloreans to 88mph!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
140bpm

Lyrics

BREAK THE NEWS GENTLY

oh baby, break the news gently
but don't break me
don't want to cry again in front of them

she asked me if I'd go with you (I said "cool")
he asked you if you'd go with me (you said "mmmm")
at that lunch break I almost swooned
but now it's come to this

oh baby, break the news gently
but don't break me
don't want to cry again in front of them
oh baby, break the news gently
don't ruin the night for me
I already know but I won't let it show

they were playing our favourite song (forever young)
and soda pop in my glass was warm (afri-cola)
round and round the school gym we walked
you didn't hold my hand

oh baby, break the news gently
but don't break me
don't want to cry again in front of them

baby, break the news gently
it lasted barely for half a day
and we didn't get to dance or even sway
but when I'll see you on these same hallways every day
please don't turn your face away in shame
now I know how Reddie Redford feels
in "Princess" by Bogart Co

oh baby, break the news gently
but don't break me
don't want to cry again in front of them
oh baby, break the news gently
don't ruin the night for me
I already know but I won't let it show

April 2011: Elämän iskelmä

We are very very sorry, our foreign friends, we've gone Finnish and this will be our last post in English! We bid you farewell with a traditional bittersweet Finnish schlager.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
136bpm

Lyrics

ELÄMÄN ISKELMÄ

kun synnyin soi radiossa laulu
ensihuutoni sen tahtiin parkaisin
tiesin: säkeistöstä alkaisin
kertosäettä jahtaisin
sävelten vetämänä liukuis elon vaunu

kun vartuin pyöri päässäni tuo laulu
kovan onnen polkua kulkiessain
siitä rytmin askeliini hain
kuu kavaljeerinain
kävi kaipuu kehyksiini niin kuin taulu

elämän iskelmä
soi kaiken keskellä
se joka osaa kuunnella
voi saada soimaan syömmeensä
elämän iskelmän
ja paljon enemmän
joskus elämä iskee silmää
joskus silmäkulmaan

kun häntä suutelin soi jossain taas se laulu
sen tahdissa myös häitä tanssittiin
vaan pian juutuin puteliin
nuotit kastui kyyneliin
sävelten kauneudesta kuoriutuikin kauhu

elämän iskelmä
soi kaiken keskellä
se joka osaa kuunnella
voi saada soimaan syömmeensä
elämän iskelmän
ja paljon enemmän
joskus elämä iskee silmää
joskus silmäkulmaan

ja laulu seuraa mua
liekehtivän viljapellon syliin
labyrinttiin kylmän graniitin
sävellaji vaihtelee ja tempo karkailee
neula lautasella on joskus kuin veitsi kurkulla

vielä kerran kuuluu tuttu laulu
nyt sitä viheltelee tuima niittomies
aikani täysi on kenties
kai irtoaa vihdoin ies
mut helvetti vai taivas -
kummassa soi laulu?

elämän iskelmä
soi kaiken keskellä
se joka osaa kuunnella
voi saada soimaan syömmeensä
elämän iskelmän
nyt vasta ymmärrän
joskus elämä iskee silmää
se on elämän iskelmä

March 2011: Suddenness

Time to trim your subwoofers for this month's track as we decided to have a crack at some dubstep low end action and freak out a bit sonically.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
93bpm

Lyrics

can't freeze time that severs
tomorrow from yesterday
can't stay put forever
with everything in its place

can't build a life on sand
the hourglass is turned again
can't stick with a good hand
when playing cards with fate

if this is all there is
don't let it slip
if this is all there is
well, this is it

waiting by the motorway
nothing will ever be the same
the sirens are drawing near
we surrender to the suddenness

can't make a plan that's fail-safe
it could crumble just today
can't find a way to delay
the things that can't be escaped

can't speak a truth that says it
in an all-encompassing way
can't even wholly imagine
in how many ways all this could change

if this is all there is
don't let it slip
if this is all there is
well, this is it

waiting by the motorway
nothing will ever be the same
the sirens are drawing near
we surrender to the suddenness

if this is all there is
nothing will ever be the same
if this is all there is
we surrender to the sudden----

crying by the motorway
hold me, it will be OK
life can be so very frail
we are the debris by the motorway

if this is all there is
nothing will ever be the same
if this is all there is
we surrender to the suddenness

if this is all there is
we surrender to the suddenness
if this is all there is to it
we don't know shit

Beginner's Guide To Viola

Playlist mania at Viola Music Club continues! This one we've been wanting to get going for a while now, but for some reason never got around to asking anyone to do it.

But after bumping into the amazing Viola Music Club 2010: the collected retrospective musings on the Rambling Fox blog, we felt to need to ask the author, Flint, to do us the honor of compiling a "beginner's guide to Viola" -playlist from an outsider's perspective. We got what we wanted and then some!

Go check out the playlist with brilliantly well-thought reasons why each track is there and at the chosen position! Again, don't forget to comment on it.

...or download the playlist as a zip package!

Viola's fourth album - according to Lassi

A while ago we released a playlist done by Arttu Tolonen and promised there'd be more to come. Well, we got lazy and it took 1,5 years for this next one, but here it is! Our fourth album - at least the way it would be if it was compiled from Viola Music Club material by long time Viola listener, Lassi from the Oulu-based noiserock band Vene! Enjoy!

Also, be sure to read the full reasoning for the choices as they're pretty darn good! Also feel free to comment!

...or download the playlist as a zip package!

February 2011: The Loners

This month we're going retro and organic. Mellow and profitable.

We present to you a gem from the very dawn of the 21st century, an early Viola gem by the name of The Loners.

This song has never been recorded before, but had it's place in our live sets in the pre-Tearcandy era.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
95bpm

Lyrics

hey, now they ride
like loners do
into the sunset
and all night through
but in the morning
they fall asleep
dreaming of the ones
they'll never meet

and they ride on
like loners do
out of the picture
and into the blue
but in the evening
they fall in love
when for an instant
they drop their guard

and nothing can make them feel so alone
not drifting away from the world
not keeping their heart locked so long
and not hearing somewhere
the saddest song

nothing can make them feel so alone
as when they fall in love
like loners do

January 2011: Newest Hottest Whatever

Happy new year!

Welcome to the third calendar year of Viola Music Club! This month's track is our 22nd free offering even if it feels like we've only just begun. Crazy how time flies!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
120bpm

Lyrics

newest hottest whatever
newest hottest whatever
keep your act together
newest hottest coolest whatever

it all goes round
so hard to keep track
who's in who's out
either you are new blood
or you're losing ground
the novelty wears out
and it all feels fine
until you hit the ground

it all goes round
but everything is new just once
and we are history
if we can't make it

newest hottest whatever
newest hottest whatever
no prize for good endeavour
newest hottest coolest whatever

it all goes round
so hard to keep track
who's in who's out
either you are new blood
or you're losing ground
the novelty wears out
and it all feels fine
until you hit the ground

it all goes round
until you fall out of style
and oblivion
comes round to take you

newest hottest whatever
newest hottest whatever
nothing lasts forever
newest hottest coolest whatever

it all goes round it all goes round
it all goes round it all goes round

it all goes round
so hard to keep track
who's in who's out
either you are new blood
or you're losing ground
the novelty wears out
and it all feels fine

it all goes round
newest hottest whatever
it all goes round
newest hottest whatever
it all goes round
newest hottest whatever
it all goes round

you want it you get it you have it you use it
you want it you get it you have it you use it
you want it you get it you have it you use it
and then you lose it you lose it you lose it

December 2010: Wayne Coyne, Be Our Santa Claus

Happy holidays, everybody!

This year we're paying our Christmas dues to the true embodiment of Christmas spirit in the world, Mr. Wayne Coyne of the most amazing Flaming Lips!

Download song: Wayne Coyne Be Our Santa Claus (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
162bpm

Lyrics

Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
the old Santa has gone AWOL
his endless shopping mall tours have taken their toll
and Christmas is getting close
oh Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus

and Christmas Eve arrives
you descend from the sky
in your homemade spaceship
amidst the snow confetti
wearing your shiny grey suit
with your loyal crew
of orange elves and furry friends
and Michael, Steven and Kliph

Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
you give us a sense of wonder
when we're feeling buried under mundane chores
shake our little snow globe world
oh Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus

it's the most wonderful show
our senses overflow
it feels just like Christmas
to be sprinkled with love
the greatest Christmas present
is to treasure the present
and drop all worries and regrets

Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
the gift that you bring is
more precious than all the bling bling in the world
we feel Christmas all year long
oh Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus

make us smile and make us cry
show us why we need to try
even if our hearts might break
they're fixable with duct tape

Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
the gift that you bring is
more precious than all the bling bling in the world
Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
you give us a sense of wonder
when we're feeling buried under mundane chores
Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus
oh Wayne Coyne, be our Santa Claus

Some recent cool videos with our songs

Here's a couple of cool videos on Vimeo using our tunes in a really nice way. Why they're all of winter sports, we have no idea, but lookin' GOOD!

November 2010: Astromelancholia

Finland switched off Daylight Saving Time for 2010, so nights start really early again now. You all have a few months before winter snow falls and makes nights a bit lighter again, so there's no better time to gaze wistfully at stars and dream of Urania, the muse of astronomy.

This track might be a suitable option for a soundtrack.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
125bpm

Lyrics

a star in the darkness
light years from home
how long ago
was it when I was breathing
in a different way
than the rest of the human race

into the night
floating in my sleep
into the night
a nightmare of gravity
the weight of my body wakes me

all the lights in the distance
keep glimmering on
reminding me of
the limits of my existence
I am stuck here
lost in a lonely sphere

into the night
throughout the starry skies
into the night
I want to rise

infinite night never closes its eyes
oh Urania you break my heart
beauty at large thrown into the stars
oh Urania you break my heart
oh Urania you break my heart

all the stars in the darkness
how long to go
before I know
what waits for me behind them
wide open space
I won't leave a trace

into the night
so crushing and vast
into the night
further than too far
take me back into the stars

infinite night never closes its eyes
oh Urania, you break my heart
beauty at large thrown into the stars
oh Urania, you break my heart
oh Urania, you break my heart
oh Urania, you break my heart

October 2010: La Formule Du Bonheur

Greetings to you all!

As our 19th Viola Music Club -track we present to you all a track where we do our best to emulate the classic 90s "sensual beat" sound of Enigma et al. I guess they'd call it "balearic" nowadays.

Also, you'll be happy to hear Riku's shot at mumbling mysteriously in French. On the Kusela-Gainsbourg -scale he scores just about halfway.

Download song: La Formule Du Bonheur (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
95bpm

Lyrics

soyez amoureuses
soyez mystérieuses
soyez amoureuses
soyez mystérieuses
soyez amoureuses
et mystérieuses
et vous serez heureuses

it all falls into place
when nothing's making sense
words fail once again
this is happiness

soyez amoureuses
soyez mystérieuses
soyez amoureuses
et mystérieuses
et vous serez heureuses
soyez amoureuses
(be in love)
soyez mystérieuses
(be mysterious)
soyez amoureuses
et mystérieuses
et vous serez heureuses
(and you will be happy)

it all falls into place
when nothing's making sense
words fail once again
this is happiness

soyez amoureuses
soyez mystérieuses
et vous serez heureuses

it all falls into place
when nothing's making sense
words fail once again
this is happiness
it all falls into place
this is happiness
it all falls into place
this is happiness

[remerciements à Paul Gauguin et Alfred Jarry]

September 2010: Puppies In The Rain

There goes yet another warm summer and it's time to cuddle up under a warm blanket to make sure you stay warm through the cold dark winter.

But make sure you don't forget our little furry friends, puppies!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
130bpm

Lyrics

PUPPIES IN THE RAIN

puppies in the rain
they'll steal your heart away
under autumn's veil
loppy ears and soggy tails
they don't even know their names
or if they have yet any
if the coldest heart can break
it will break for them

for puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh
puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh

puppies in the rain
want to feel the warmth again
and find the kindness that can save them

puppies in the rain
lost on a strange terrain
they just want to play
but they'll need a safer place
a warm lap and loving arms
that'll never let them down
the cold world makes us all bark
but we only want some love

like puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh
puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh
puppies in the rain

take them home and dry their hair
tuck them in a warm blanket
and they'll snuggle up to somebody who deserves it

puppies in the rain
want to feel the warmth again
and find the kindness that can save them

we're puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh
puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh
puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh
puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh

August 2010: Traitor On The Inside

Hey everybody!

August seems to be Finnish Indie Appreciation month here at Viola Music Club. Last year we did a cover of Tv-resistori and this year we're having a go at the brilliant Traitor On The Inside by Red Carpet.

Download song: Traitor On The Inside (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Petri Nakari
Words:
Petri Nakari
Tempo:
134bpm

Lyrics

TRAITOR ON THE INSIDE

come and see my beautiful country
where the lights go out at six in the evening
the winter can leave you depressed and freezing
and the summer won't melt the northern heart
traitor on the inside

I got friends in high places
they owe me one to make me faceless
I can speak and remain nameless
I'll disappear into the air
traitor on the inside
won't you let me out

there's a heart that's always aching
left alone and thrown out for breaking
a heart so strong that it will go on
long after our world is gone
traitor on the inside
won't you let it out
let it out

Red Carpet - Sad Eyed Disco Dancers

Red Carpet was by far one of the most amazing bands ever from the Finnish indie pop scene. We were fortunate enough to have them cover us on their farewell ep 'The Band They Coulnd't Hang' in 2007.

Here's their cover of our track Sad Eyed Disco Dancers, from our Melancholydisco album.

Check out more Red Carpet from their MySpace page or from Last.fm (although you should know that there are several other Red Carpets as well).

Download song: Sad Eyed Disco Dancers (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Viola

Lyrics

sad eyed disco dancers
shy away the glances
hide inside their favourite songs

sad eyed disco dancers
teargas on the dancefloor
hearts riot by the mirrorball

sad eyed disco dancers

sad eyed disco dancers
lost in the neon sadness
comforting strobe oblivion

sad eyed disco dancers

I'm lonely, you're lonely too
we dance and I only see you
don't let the music end
if only by chance something could take place

sad eyed disco dancers
sleepdancing past their chances
disconnected from the world

sad eyed disco dancers

I'm lonely, you're lonely too
we dance and I only see you
don't let the music end
if only by chance something could take place

sad eyed disco dancers
cool cats and silly prancers
nowhere else to go

sad eyed disco dancers

I'm lonely, you're lonely too
we dance and I only see you
don't let the music end
if only by chance something could take place

sad eyed disco dancers

July 2010: Neon Lightning

Hey everybody! Greetings from USA (Tommi) and Lieksa (Riku)!

We're still feeling summery here at Viola Music Club this month, so we bring you a simple story of carefree disco dancing underneath neon lightning and disco thunder! Enjoy!

Download song: Neon Lightning (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
180bpm

Lyrics

NEON LIGHTNING

the night sky is in need of neon lightning

hey, something's on it's way
yeah, it's in the air
wow, can you feel it now
cool, just let it loose

neon lightning
shining, striking
we're dancing under
disco thunder

June 2010: Popsicle Summer

SUMMERTIME!!!

Hey everyone! Those nine long ones are behind us again and we're ready to do our best to grab a hold of yet another fleeting summer!

To help y'all grab yours, here's our musical tribute to one of the coolest - literally - inventions ever: the popsicle!

Download song: Popsicle Summer (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
180bpm

Lyrics

POPSICLE SUMMER

here it comes
pop pop pop pop pop popsicle summer

ooh I'm longing for another popsicle
cos Finnish summer is so fickle
every spring at least will bring some new tastes
all of which are not that great
but there might be new candidates for
pop pop pop pop pop popsicle summer

life has just began
and we discover that we're always young
when days are spent in such idle ways
we'd go so far for just a popsicle
cos it's time for pop pop pop pop pop popsicle summer

hats off to Frank Epperson who was just eleven
when he bumped into his invention
a frozen drink combined with a wooden stick (ingenious!)
ice pop ice block ice lolly icy pole
oh so sweet and fresh and ice cold
when it gets hot you'll surely dig this
pop pop pop pop pop popsicle summer

life has just began
and we discover that we're always young
when days are spent in such idle ways
we'd go so far for just a popsicle
cos it's time for pop pop pop pop pop popsicle summer

this is a tribute to
pop pop pop pop pop pop popsicles
of yesteryears that are now missing
Handy with it's pointed finger
Roger Rabbit's jelly center
Jenga was a long green spiral
Batman, Pop Up, Rio Cola
M.A.C. Black Orange, where did you vanish
please stay with me, at least you Pommac and Päärynä Lipsi!

cos it's summer and life has just began
and we discover that we're always young
when days are spent in such idle ways
we'd go so far for just a popsicle
cos it's summer and life has just began
and we discover that we're always young
when days are spent in such idle ways
we'd go so far for just a popsicle
cos it's time for pop pop pop pop pop popsicle summer

May 2010: Leave It All Again (feat. Bääbs)

Boo-ya!

What combines Kate Bush, Faith No More's Evidence, Phil Collins, Jan Hammer, 2. Maanantai and contemporary R n' B music?

Our new track, that's what.

Download song: Leave It All Again (feat. Bääbs) (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
109bpm

Lyrics

LEAVE IT ALL AGAIN

I'm waiting for you outside the window
of an old grey house at the edge of the world
where the sea will rage if you step out the door
so you keep it shut tight and just climb the walls

leave it all again
leave it all again
step right out into thin air
and leave it all again

leave it all again
leave it all again
something new waits for you there
leave it all again

if you close your eyes you'll feel the wind at your heels
slowly rising fresh cool breeze
that drifts into your house with whispers so sweet
"leave it all again, leave it all again please"
your daily bores and your nighttime scares
fixed points of view, routines that won't spare
the youth of your mind that's your own captive there
so leave it all again, leave it all again

what's outside the window
it's so hard to let go
of the world we built and leave it all again
what's outside the window
it's so hard to let go
of the world we built and leave it all again

leave it all again
leave it all again
step right out into thin air

leave it all again
leave it all again
something new waits for you there

leave it all again
leave it all again
step right out into thin air

leave it all again
leave it all again
leave behind only trails to nowhere

what's outside the window
it's so hard to let go
of the world we built and leave it all again
what's outside the window
it's so hard to let go
of the world we built and leave it all again

even when you're on the road or somewhere abroad
you still peek through the same window
leave it all again

what's outside the window
it's so hard to let go
of the world we built and leave it all again
what's outside the window
it's so hard to let go
of the world we built and leave it all again

leave it all again
believe it all again
learn to play in a new way

leave it all again
believe it all again
our little world is made of clay

Poll results are IN!

This just in: The people have spoken!

Here's the OFFICIAL results for the first Viola Music Club year poll:

  1. October 2009: Beautiful Lost Things 43%
  2. May 2009: Nobodylovers 41%
  3. September 2009: Sea Curtain 30%
  4. January 2010: 2010s (Maybe The World Won't End) 24%
  5. July 2009: Shimmery Summery (Sha-La-La-Love) 24%
  6. November 2009: No Connection 21%
  7. February 2010: Heart Breaks Into A Song 19%
  8. August 2009: Oh How You Dance 13%
  9. March 2010: Fade To White 11%
  10. April 2009: Cute Destroyer 6%
  11. June 2009: A Decade 5%
  12. December 2009: This Year It Will Be Different 2%

Thanks to everyone for letting us know what you preferred! We promise not to let that stop us from doing weird and potentially catastrophic experiments in the future either!

April 2010: Chaos Shall Reign!

HAIL, BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN METAL! FROM THE GRIM AND FROSTBITTEN DARKNESS OF VINNLAND I GREET THEE!

You may notice some changes here. You witnesses at the new birth of Viola, mark II.

Dedicated to all teenage satan worshippers, past and present.

Download song: Chaos Shall Reign (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
160bpm

Lyrics

CHAOS SHALL REIGN!

we open our eyes
as the dark day dawns
nature spills savage blood
wastes away its pawns
feral children
tending the flames
soon the fire will rise
and chaos shall reign

chaos shall reign
it was here first and will die last
chaos shall reign
glories of the fearsome past

there are forces within
and forces beneath
the surface seems calm
or so you'd think
seeds of destruction
the ruins have no names
black kiss of evilization
chaos shall reign

chaos shall reign
it waits in the deep for you and me
chaos shall reign
bow your head for sacred entropy

chaos shall reign
hail chaos hail

we are descending the stairs
down through the structures of reality
closing in on the original dark void
the sound of the bells from the deep
the abyss from which all complexities evolved

chaos shall reign
societies hanging on a thread
chaos shall reign
chaos springs eternal death
chaos shall reign
chaos shall reign

March 2010: Fade To White

Winter 2010 has been a pretty thorough one in Finland. Especially snow has been quite plentiful and has caused quite a bit of chaos in people's everyday lives, so we decided it deserved a song dedication from us, so we give you a piece of orchestral goodness: Fade To White.

Download song: Fade To White (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
88bpm

Lyrics

FADE TO WHITE

the world covered in snow sighs in its sleep
all colours have gone and hide in defeat

we wait surrounded by white with our lives on hold
snowploughs serenade outside the window

just don't go outside
the blizzard will try to eat you alive
and cover you with a beautiful shroud
you'll fade to white

white is the wind that rips through the bones
how lucky we are in the warmth of ourhomes

just don't go outside
the blizzard will try to eat you alive
and cover you with a beautiful shroud
you'll fade to white
fade to white

lost in the frost
the season has it's cost
we are in its thrall
the winter takes it all

no don't go outside
the blizzard will try to eat you alive
keeps you in the whiteout
sooner or later it has to get clearer
oh don't fade to white
don't fade to white
we'll be alright in the spring

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