Human Wheel / You Can Only Lose (3:55)

Composition & Lyrics: Veijalainen

Track details:
lead vocals: Matti
drums: Janne
bass: Ville
lead guitar: Oikku
clean guitar (right): Suti
crunch guitar in chorus (right): Suti
keys: Oikku
backing vocals: Ville, Oikku


The song started out from a rhythmic idea, which I then developed into a piano riff, the one that opens the song. The main guitar part is actually almost entirely based on the piano demo that I made for the song.

There’s an acoustic arrangement for the song also, with just piano, acoustic guitar and vocals.

This is the straight rock-out song on the album. We’re playing so much 7/4 time signature these days that for us seven is straight and 4/4 is tricky. Sometimes in rehearsals we’re struggling with a piece and somebody asks “why is this section so damn difficult?”. Often the answer is “it’s in four man!” 🙂

Learning to play the piano parts on guitar was very challenging. I liked the chord voicings on the piano demo so much that I did not want to dilute the effect by playing more guitaristic chords. Because this is such a rocking song, I wanted to keep things simple and play just one lead guitar track straight through à la Van Halen – no doubling or other trickery.


~ by Marko Oikarinen on July 10, 2009.

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