Five Questions With… The Fërtility Cült

Band: The Fërtility Cült
Country of Origin: Finland
Photo by: Hanna Junkkari

Fans of Hawkwind, Red-era King Crimson, and Can will likely feel at home while listening to The Fërtility Cült, though this Finish band’s sound is far from dated. The wandering saxophone and tense organ that often defined some of those timeless album rock records of old are paired with heavy riffs that lean towards stoner/doom territory, resulting in a fresh blend of modern psychedelia.

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without)

Nearly impossible to name just one, but off the top of my head I’ll say Nursery Cryme – Genesis.

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

Through school.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

It’s smallish, but vibrant, lot’s of bands come and go. Over the ten years we’ve been around we’ve played with a lot of great acts that have since passed into oblivion. The great thing is, in our hometown of Tampere there has always been a tradition of supporting the underground and there are a few venues that are dedicated to setting up shows with ug [sic] bands and small, fledgling bands. The dedication, open-mindedness and perseverance of these people is what keeps the scene going and they don’t always get enough credit for it

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

History, mythology, literature, philosophy, cinema… Lately Greek mythology and Homer, Laozi and Zhuangzi, Popol Vuh…

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

Hard to name a singular event, but perhaps with a gun to our heads the standout show would be The 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival of psychedelia in Cardigan, Wales. A beautiful event focused on great music with an enthusiastic crowd of aficionados. [Note: the band will be returning to Cardigan next August for the 18th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus!]


Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.