Mara Balls is a Tampere-based musician and artist with the toughest band in the world called Mara Balls.
“The second album, Elävä Kivi, reveals more about my sensitive side than the debut. Themes of the album are: time, shaking of the mind and confusion about existence. At the heart of it all, though, is the realisation that I live. By playing, I make myself more real to myself and to others. I play, so I’m alive. The sound I produce is like a ringing frame for the experience of existence.”
“When I play guitar, knobs on the maximum with the most torn fuzz in the universe, I have a hell of a safe feeling; I follow the loud voice as if it were my shepherd. However it seems that over the last year, I have grown up as a songwriter into an expression where I also dare to look behind the noice; listen to silence. On the album and also at the gigs there is more silence and sensitivity than in the debut, although there is also harder “mining with a heavier hand” than before. Both of these extremities are part of my daily life. Chaos is my home, I recently wrote in the corner of a paper.”
Mara is also remembered as the bassist of the band Jukka Ja Jytämimmit, who had a passionate career, and as the initiator of the Tampere-based cultural phenomenon Keltainen Talo.
Mara Balls latest release is a live album “Ratina Live ’18” which was released on 29.05.2020.