Introducing: Radioactive Pineapple

Radioactive Pineapple is a skate/pop punk band from Helsinki, Finland, and here is what you need to know about them:

What are the origins of Radioactive Pineapple, how long have you been playing together?

– Ozzie: We’ve been around since 2014, it’s been one hell of a ride. We started out just me and Thoubi (drummer) as a duo and then expanded our band from that. I still can remember the awkwardness in the air when we tried to desperately play some songs I had made. There were plenty of silent moments…

– Jake: I came to the band in 2018, a few months after ”Horses Wearing Horses” was released. Me and Thoubi were playing in the band Stunted City, and at first, I was asked to ”fill in” for Pineapple for a couple of shows, after which they were meant to find a ”real” bassist. However, we bonded really well and I kind of just stayed and was eventually made an official member the same day the music video for ”Living Sound” was released.

What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe Radioactive Pineapple?

– Jake: Fast-paced, energetic, California-styled punk rock. However, our accents and maybe even the themes in the songs reveal that we are not from there. Our songs are usually pretty upbeat, but lyrical themes are quite dark and deal with mental health problems.

How did you feel performing your first gig as a band, and how was it?!

– Ozzie: Can’t quite remember our first gig location, but I’d presume that it was a total nightmare. At least we might have been an entertaining sight when we fucked up majorly.

The new music scene is bursting at the seams at the minute with fresh talent, in what ways do you feel that a band has to stand out to build a name for themselves?

– Jake: A personal brand is pretty important, I think. You must have some characteristics that people associate with you only. You should also be active on social media, which I think is pretty obvious these days.

What are you working on at the minute that people can check out?

– Jake: Right now we are working on our new EP, [‘Insane’ EP is now available, here] which is missing only a few vocal parts plus mixing and mastering. Should you be near Helsinki, you can also catch one of our live shows since it’s usually pretty good times.

In terms of a similar audience, which band out there at the minute do you feel you would be best suited to open for?

– Jake: Blink-182 or Green Day would be a dream come true. Ozzie would probably go with NOFX. Some local Finnish bands would also be nice, like Anal Thunder, Huora, or Atomirotta.

– Ozzie: Yup, sounds about right.

Excluding yourself, which new band would you like to see break out and become a success?

– Jake: Our friends Glass Wipe just released a pretty awesome album called ”Co-Lo-Mone” and I think all of us would like to see it at the top of the charts.

What are your own first musical memories? And what was the lightbulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?

– Jake: I think it was the new year 2005-06 when my parents and their friends were watching a live DVD of Pelle Miljoona, a Finnish punk rock veteran. I remember thinking like ”damn, this beat is pretty nice, what is this kind of music?” I couldn’t imagine myself at the stage back then but I think that was when it all started.

What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?

– Jake: I think it was Atomirotta, a Finnish band combining hip-hop and old-school American rock. They played at a local bar here in eastern Helsinki (which is where I live) and it was so crowded that you almost couldn’t reach the restrooms. Pretty awesome though.

What current social issue are you particularly passionate about?

– Jake: That’s a tough one, since there are so many. Maybe, especially after covid and all the restrictions, it would be important to encourage and make it possible for young people to learn instruments and start bands so that eventually they could play live and chase their dreams.

– Ozzie: I’d like to see a world where people are responsible and ethical. I feel that in today’s society, there’s a worrying lack of good moral character, and these self-righteous parasitical borderline psychopathic traits of today’s society are of great detriment to our progression as a species. I would love to see us taking or even inventing a new path to get rid of the overly consumerist and egocentric way of life. Something as strong as belief in god.

The album that you have in your album collection/Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?

– Jake: There are not many surprises there, maybe ”I Hate Mouhous” by Mouhous since it’s mostly Finnish hip-hop/EDM. However, it contains a couple of pop-punkish songs that are pretty close to my taste in music.

– Ozzie: As much as I love punk, there’s plenty of other stuff in my playlist too. There’s some reggae from a band called Groundation. Their album “Each One, Teach One” is pretty cool sounding, even though I’m not religious I still like the music. I also love the Metal Gear Solid soundtracks. And occasionally I’ll go full emo and listen to Falling In Reverse’s “ The Drug In Me Is You” album.

What does 2023 hold for Radioactive Pineapple?

– Jake: The EP, as many shows as we’ll get booked, writing new music, as well as beer and good times with friends.

How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?

– Jake: You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, Spotify, Youtube, TikTok, and Twitter. We’re trying to be as active as we can and post a few times a week. However, there’s been a dip there recently but we’ll fix that soon as the EP’s release is approaching fast.

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