PMMP is a Finnish band fronted by singers Paula Vesala and Mira Luoti and backed by musicians Mikko Virta, Juho Vehmanen and Heikki Kyt?l?. The name of the band is often said to be an abbreviation of the sentence "Paulan ja Miran Molemmat Puolet", which can be translated in English as "Both Sides of Paula and Mira". However, in an interview on the Finnish talk show Krisse Show, they stated that the name of the band comes, like ABBA, from the names of 4 of its members: so PMMP is Paula, Mira, Mira, Paula. PMMP's albums are produced by Jori Sj?roos who also wrote the music for all the songs. The lyrics are written by Paula and Mira. The band is an acclaimed live act.
PMMP first became well-known in Finland with the 2003 summer hit Rusketusraidat ("Tan Lines"). They then enjoyed great success with their second album Kovemmat k?det ("The Tougher Hands"), which went gold. An extended version of the album was released in August 2005. Oo siell? jossain mun, a single from the aforementioned album, is PMMP's biggest hit so far in Finland.
In November 2006 PMMP released their third album Leski?idin tytt?ret (Daughters of widow mother),which went platinum on the day it was released.
"Matka jatkuu vaan" - The journey continues
In an article titled "Matka jatkuu vaan" in the biggest Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat (17.2.2007), journalist Leena Virtanen attempts to explain how it is that PMMP appeal to both children and adults, concluding that while indeed an energetic pop band PMMP "live within the space between childhood and adulthood", referring to the lifeworlds of both children and adults, carried through with eternal optimism. Virtanen concludes with the words from one of PMMP's best known songs "Matkalaulu" (travel song), which is in fact a song about the band being on the road: "T?m? voi olla koko el?m?mme ihanin p?iv?. Ajetaan hiljempaa. Toivon, ett? matka jatkuu, jatkuu vaan"
The members of PMMP
Paula Vesala, December 10, 1981
Mira Luoti, February 28, 1978
Mikko Virta, March 22, 1982
Juho Vehmanen, March 31, 1981
Heikki Kyt?l?, October 14, 1981
PMMP in concert, 2006