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about life, childhood, misfortune, school bullying, lack of love,
Living your life in harmony with your own principles. Sail away to
farthest North, fight your battle in isolation....
And see your life through a key hole.....in the age of five.
We are currently working with our debut album "Pressure Fractures"
which will be published during this year. Recordings are now in
last phase, and soon we start the mixing process of the whole
album. But before all this recording, there was idea of "prog
rock" album in Janne Nevalainen´s head, a long time ago....
Since my childhood I have always listened complex rock music,
starting from Beatles, Pink Floyd, Yes and so on. Very close to my
heart has always been Finnish prog-rock bands like Wigwam ( and
each member´s solo albums also. ) , Tasavallan Presidentti,
Finnforest....great music, even today.
When I grew older, pure musical expression was not enough.
The stories and emotional feeling started to mean more than
musical complexity. Two bands and their certain albums are the
ultimate example how to incorporate music into the story: "Pink
Floyd: The Wall" and another masterpiece is "The Who:
I don´t want to say that these are the only ones, but for me
these are the most important. Most of the readers do know, that
both of these albums have been the sources for the movies too.
So, if I ever wanted to create something, it should reach
into the similar "levels"...specially in emotional level. In the
beginning of this millennium, I had several songs, composed under
the label "prog rock"...but the ideas were lacking, and real
meaning was missing.
All was to be changed, when I met Harri Kokkonen, our drummer.
First years with Janne and Harri ( 2002-2006 )
Harri has always been more into the straight-forwarding emotional
feeling in music, where I have been always lost my mind in
Yes/Rush -type of "sagas" where you end in 7/8 rhythm patterns
combined with seven synth layers...but there has been many links
between our musical interests, like : Dream Theater, Queensryche,
Deep Purple, and later we have found interest in good
80´es bands like Foreigner, Journey, and many
not-so-well-known hard-rock bands that I had no idea before Harri
introduced them to me.
Perhaps it was year 2002 when we arranged first jam-session, just
me and Harri. Piano and drums.
When I gave demonstration about my songs, It was clear from the
first second when Harri started to play that this was going to be
much more heavier, stronger stuff than I had in mind. I had some
kind of idea of "prog drums" like some basic beat and a lot of
swoosh-sounds with cymbals, hah hah.
First song where we found the "Cozhe sound" was THE CAVE. This was
the point where Harri´s drumming ideology paved a way to
whole thing: there should be pressure in music and pressure in the
songs and lyrics. Soon I started to drop out songs that had no
From the beginning of our sessions, we had a lot of talking,
telling stories of our life and of our friends also. Somehow we
realized that we both have a lot of passed-away friends. This was
the starting for the ideology behind the "Pressure Fractures".
Life isn´t easy, when someone destroys it in your first
Somehow, it is not easy to fully describe the songs and every idea
that influenced to them, we would like to leave something for you
own imagination too. Later we may "open" the songs more, if
someone asks, we might tell a bit more.
First four years, we played together, just drums and piano.
It was really great time, to incorporate drum beats, accents with
lyrics, and I had to start re-think my playing totally from the
beginning. Less notation, more expression. If we would have a full
band from the beginning, perhaps we wouldn´t found this
method . I had been a more like jam-session musician, playing a
lot of blues-rock and also ska/reggae, with organs, so my playing
wasn´t so tight that this music demanded.
I wrote exact notation of the songs, and that was good point to
start "cut the dead leaves off.". Luckily, I had formal piano- and
theory classes in my childhood, so I had technique to write
notation down, and think music harmonies, chords etc. This helped
a lot of the next phase:
Creation of the band COZHE.