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The 69 Eyes Front Man Jyrki 69 Shares 20 Years Of Musical Experience And Talks New Album "X"

The Helsinki vampires in gothic rock outfit The 69 Eyes have now released a tenth album, appropriately titled "X." In conjunction with the release, vocalist Jyrki 69 offered up an "interview with the vampire" moment for Metalunderground.com, sharing his dark wisdom when it comes to such matters as love and music.

In typically rock and roll fashion he stated, "To be in the band is still the most interesting way to meet girls and travel, but to make music that matters beats even that," and went on to explain how "X" revolves around breakups and the "evil beauty" of women. Below you can also find the front man's personal picks for Halloween viewing/listening material, and see what he had to say about the band's new graphic novel.

xFiruath: The 69 Eyes has been around for 20+ years now. How has your outlook on music changed in that time, and do you see the band still going for another 20?

Jyrki69: We started this band since we were just rock fans who wanted to put up their fantasy band. That still remains but naturally the reason to make music changes since you started to have fans, your records sell and our songs are played in the radio. To be in the band is still the most interesting way to meet girls and travel, but to make music that matters beats even that. As long as this is as fun as it's been, we keep on making music and rocking around!

xFiruath: What would you say is the biggest difference on these songs from previous work?

Jyrki69: The lyrics are more personal and the music is more melodic.

xFiruath: What’s happening lyrically on “X?”

Jyrki69: It tells pretty much about the feelings when you break up with somebody. I got inspired by my own relationship with my ex-gf.

xFiruath: Where did you do the recording and how did the process go?

Jyrki69: The album was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden. It was produced by the Swedish production team On The Verge, which is Pat Phoenix and Joakim Övrenius. We've been knowing the guys for years, so it was a very fun and relaxed session. We Finns have the melancholy and the Swedes have the melodies!

xFiruath: How did the “Red” music video come together and who did you work with on that?

Jyrki69: I think that video is awesome. The director Patric Ullaeus really over-did himself. I wanted the video to be a mysterious Swedish luxury with a Swedish castle with a beautiful garden, luxury car, and Satanic Swedish blond black widows, like a scene a la The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie by David Fincher. We filmed it in the amazing countryside of Gothenburg. It's the most beautiful video we've ever done, we're going to shoot another one with Patric soon...The 69 Eyes has always been all about the evil beauty of women!

xFiruath: You guys have a new graphic novel coming out to coincide with the Halloween season. I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, so can you share a bit about the storyline and what input you guys had into its creation?

Jyrki69: Yeah, actually we will have a three-issue graphical novel out. The first issue is already out. The storyline will tell "the real" Helsinki vampires history starting from the 17th century. It's awesome!

xFiruath: What does the band have planned for the coming new year?

Jyrki69: Naturally we will tour for the new album. First in Europe, then in the USA. We're currently looking for suitable tours for us.

xFiruath: What’s happening in the Helsinki rock and metal scene these days?

Jyrki69: There's a bunch of new Hanoi Rocks inspired young glam bands coming up, really not so much that I should know of.

xFiruath: In honor of Halloween, what album, movie, or graphic novel do you personally love that you would recommend to your fans to get them in the horror mood?

Jyrki69: Movie: "Fright Night" (1985), the album: The Cramps: "Songs That The Lord Taught Us," comics: Essential Werewolf By Night Vol. 1 & 2!

xFiruath: Outside of your own album, what music are you personally looking forward to or what have you been listening to most often recently?

Jyrki69: The new Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top albums rule, also the new Rolling Stones song "Doom And Gloom" is probably the best rock song this year!

xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to say?

Jyrki69: Thanks for all The 69 Eyes fans out there - Have a Happy Halloween with our new album "X!"

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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