Smackbound’s Netta Laurenne: Songs to Live By

photo by Lauri Haemalainen

At its heart, music is all about emotion. Signed to expansive metal label Frontiers, Finnish metal band Smackbound have recently released their debut album 20/20. But the quintet are not new to the scene — founded by singer and actress Netta Laurenne (you might have heard her with Amorphis, Lordi, Black Sun and more) in 2015, she recruited well-known instrumentalists: guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun), drummer Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius), keyboardist Vili Itäpelto (Tracedawn) and bassist Tuomas Yli-Jaskari (Tracedawn). Not surprisingly, considering their free-wheeling sound, the band members draw from a diverse assortment of musical influences, including plenty of mosh-pit fodder but lots of quieter, more introspective offerings. “We wanted to make metal mixed with all the goodies we love in music,” says the band. “Some love blues, one is into trap, the other into Ludovico Einaudi. Yet you can’t beat the force and energy of metal. That’s why we brought everything to it.” With that in mind, we caught up with Laurenne find out what music she listens to for every mood. Read on to find out the songs that the musician turns to when shaking off the morning grogginess, looking for a pick-me-up and more.

When I pissed off: Dio – “Last in Line” and Metallica – “Master of Puppets”

They get me back in balance.

When I’m feeling depressed: Damien Rice – “Long Long Way”

Always loved his music because it releases me from sadness.

When I get up in the morning: Pharrell Williams – “Freedom”

This is such a empowering song and gets you up and running in a good mood.

When I go to bed: Ludovico Einaudi – “Love Is a Mystery”

Such a relaxing song with a calm feel.

When I’m hungover: Muse – “Uprising”

Really hard to listen with a headache so this one is psychedelic enough and gets your head straight.

When I’m getting it on: anything from N.E.R.D

Song I most want to be remembered for: now I would say Smackbound’s “The Game”

Song I want played at my funeral:

Will not give dying a thought. I’m long gone by then.