About Poets of the Fall

Poets of the Fall, also known as POTF, are an independent rock band from Finland. The band was formed by Marko Saaresto and Olli Tukiainen in 2003.

Current lineup:
Marko Saaresto lead vocals & songwriter
Olli Tukiainen lead guitar
Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen keyboards & production

Touring members:
Jani Snellman bass guitar
Jaska Makinen rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Jari Salminen drums, percussion

In 2003, Tukiainen had written some songs for Saaresto’s previous band, and Markus Kaarlonen had joined the pair soon afterwards. POTF released their first single in 2004 — Late Goodbye. They had received some positive feedback on the single, and later that year they released their second single Lift.

That same year the band was voted fresh newcomer of 2004 in Finland, and the band began their Signs of Life tour with a concert in Finland. Maybe Tomorrow is a Better Day was released as an internet download single in December.

On the 19th January 2005, Signs of Life was released, and selected as Album of the Week on Finnish radio channel YleX. It was later certified gold, and a year later in 2006 was certified platinum. The album was awarded the Emma Award for Best Debut Album of the Year 2005. A video was also released for the song Lift.

The band was voted Best Finnish Breakthrough at the NRJ Radio Awards in early 2006. Several months afterward, the band’s second album Carnival of Rust was released in Finland. Around this time, original drummer Tapio was replaced by Jari Salminen. Carnival of Rust was also certified platinum later in 2006 and was dubbed one of the best albums that year by Finland’s largest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat.

In March 2008, the band’s third album Revolution Roulette was released in Finland. Revolution Roulette was the first POTF album to not include a lollipop on the cover. This album was also the first POTF album to be recorded in the band’s professional studio (rather than Markus’s living room). In April the band played their first show in the United States in Los Angeles.

In early 2010, after many months recording, the band released their fourth album Twilight Theater, which they described as cinematic rock. The first single from this album was Dreaming Wide Awake and reached number 18 on the Finnish single-charts. The album was certified gold a week after release.

Two years later, on 21st March 2012, the band released their fifth album Temple of Thought. The name and album cover were revealed on the band’s Facebook page in January that year. The first single Cradle of Love was initially released for digital download in January, prior to the album’s release.

Discography

Signs of Life

  1. Lift — 5:11
  2. Overboard — 4:43
  3. Late Goodbye — 3:46
  4. Don't Mess With Me — 3:58
  5. 3 AM — 4:21
  6. Stay — 3:33
  7. Seek You Out — 3:46
  8. Shallow — 4:23
  9. Everything Fades — 3:08
  10. Someone Special — 4:18
  11. Illusion & Dream — 5:26
  12. Sleep — 4:59

Carnival of Rust

  1. Fire — 3:59
  2. Sorry Go 'Round — 3:35
  3. Carnival of Rust — 4:20
  4. Locking Up the Sun — 3:58
  5. Gravity — 3:55
  6. King of Fools — 4:07
  7. Roses — 3:51
  8. Desire — 4:10
  9. All the Way / 4U — 4:08
  10. Delicious — 3:54
  11. Maybe Tomorrow Is a Better Day (Remastered) — 4:44
  12. Dawn — 3:28

Revolution Roulette

  1. More — 4:01
  2. The Ultimate Fling — 6:55
  3. Revolution Roulette — 6:17
  4. Psychosis — 4:23
  5. Fragile — 4:08
  6. Clevermind — 3:38
  7. Miss Impossible — 3:52
  8. Diamonds for Tears — 4:07
  9. Passion Colors Everything — 3:51
  10. Save Me — 3:31
  11. Where Do We Draw the Line — 5:09

Twilight Theater

  1. Dreaming Wide Awake — 4:22
  2. War — 5:06
  3. Change — 4:46
  4. 15 Min Flame — 5:00
  5. Given and Denied — 4:17
  6. Rewind — 4:22
  7. Dying to Live — 3:46
  8. You're Still Here — 3:27
  9. Smoke and Mirrors — 5:17
  10. Heal My Wounds — 5:56

Temple of Thought

  1. Running Out of Time — 3:11
  2. Temple of Thought — 4:36
  3. Cradled in Love — 4:42
  4. Kamikaze Love — 3:39
  5. The Lie Eternal — 4:32
  6. Skin — 4:27
  7. The Distance — 5:04
  8. Show Me This Life — 4:27
  9. Morning Tide — 4:39
  10. The Ballad of Jeremiah Peacekeeper — 5:05
  11. The Happy Song — 4:19