Jukka Ja Jytämimmit – Jytä-Yamaha
Rock it like it’s the summer of 1976. In just a few months, Jukka Ja Jytämimmit have become the most exciting, strangest and flamboyant Finnish rock and roll band at the moment. This power trio has the riffs and the melodies, but above all, this band’s got balls: 100% good old rock and roll attitude, including the jumpsuits.
The band got together last year around the time when singer and guitar player Jukka Nousiainen released his outstanding solo album Huonoa Seuraa, a collection of songs which draw inspiration from 70s Finnish rock. With the help of the Jytämimmit rhythm section (girls Mara Balls, bass and Raaka-Gini, drums), Jukka has shifted up a gear to record a follow-up that rocks harder and louder. Wrapped in a retro production, this batch of new songs present some Hurriganes inspired boogie and Love Records type of prog-rock that, even if you do not speak any Finnish, is some of the catchiest music you’ll hear this year.
Check out below one of the songs from Jukka ja Jytämimmit debut album Jytää vaan
Kuva: Teuvo Karjalainen
Sideways Day 2: Photos
The second day of the Sideways festival was a blast. Sunny, sold out, with an enthusiastic crowd enjoying a full day of music. This first edition was a success and the festival is already set to return next year.
Here are some images from Saturday.
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Death
Sideways Day 1: Photos
The Sideways festival is on at the old abattoir Teurastamo. Day one was a warm day and a cold night that offered some great performances from a Frank Zappa-inspired Ariel Pink, Matthew E. White, who rocked hard with a Velvet Underground cover included and The Jesus And Mary Chain playing their classic Psychocandy in its entirety to the joy of the more grown up part of the audience.
Matthew E. White
The Jesus And Mary Chain
Sideways: Modern music in the slaughterhouse
The summer festival season kicks off this weekend in Finland and it does it with a brand new festival in Helsinki called Sideways that offers everything the modern music fanatic expects. I’m ready. Are you?
Located in Teurastamo, an old redbrick abattoir turned into a complex of trendy restaurants and creative workspaces, in his first edition Sideways has positioned itself as a small-scale Flow festival. Similar music, similar audience. The lineup includes everything any Pitchfork reader wants to hear and see from rap and hip hop artists (Earl Sweatshirt, Freddie Gibbs) to post-punk classics (Killing Joke, The Jesus & Mary Chain) to singer/songwriters troubadours (Mirel Wagner, José Gonzalez) to hipsters favourites (Ariel Pink). And not least, there will be playing a good bunch of talented bands from Finland. But hey, where’s the punk?
It will be two days of endless walking from stage to stage (it’s good for you), lines for drinks and food (you want it) and toilets (you need it), bumping into old acquaintances (don’t be shy if you see your ex), hopes of sun and warm weather (do not forget a jacket, though) and music, lots of music (no earplugs needed). Isn’t it awesome?
Here are a few unimportant facts about Sideways you may or may not need to know.
Get a sugar high
If you don’t fancy other substances, you can get your favourite sweet treats at the festival. The syrupy couple running the cute candy shop Roobertin Herkku, in the hipster district of Punavuori, is taking its shop to Sideways.
Be the pinball wizard
Ryan Adams is not playing at Sideways so there won’t be any of his pinball machines near at sight, but if you wish to take a break from music, you will be able to time travel to the 80s and enjoy a true arcade hall experience.
Show us your duck face
No photo, not happening. Take your best shots and of tag with the official festival hashtag #sidewaysHEL and our own tag #rosvot. We want to see you, you’re beautiful.
Stop in the pits
Any city festival must have a quality culinary offer. In Teurastamo there are some good (and meaty) restaurants, like B-Smokery and Roslund, whose burgers are tasty and juicy, even though the shop staff are not very kind (go there at your own risk, you’re warned). During the festival there will also be truck food (yay, Tacobot!) and even chef Richard McCormick’s delicacies.
Hear the music
The music at Sideways will be very diverse so everyone can find their own favourites. Here’s my own Sideways playlists. If you are seeing some of these bands, come say hello.
The Rosvot guide to Sideways
Introducing: Faenimal Arm
Formed by artists Emil Järnefelt and Mia Ojapalo, indie outfit Faenimal Arm recently released their debut EP which brings together spooky electronic beats and dreamy guitars. Get to know the band with this interview.
For those who do not know about the band, could you introduce yourselves? Tell us who you are and what you do.
We are a band and a couple, Mia and Emil. We met two years ago outside of a bar, fell in love and started to do weird art stuff together. First, we had this spoken word-project that got it’s inspiration from Mia’s poems. Few months later Mia started to make beats, thus we started this whole band thing together.
One can’t really help asking you about the band name, where does it come from?
We started of as Animal Farm, since Mia’s vision was to include lot’s of animal voice samples to our songs. Then we realized that there were too many bands called just that, and so we changed it to Faenimal Arm.
Do they lyrics carry any story?
There is no lyrical theme in this EP. One of our songs, Johnny Boy, kind of tells about lost love, but also those lyrics leave the story quite open.
What inspired you to create this music?
We were creating new stuff throughout the last summer, but in the end things started to fall into place last autumn, when we went to the countryside for a week. We composed most of these songs then. We don’t actually know what we were inspired by when making the songs, but after they were made we were definitely inspired by the atmosphere and vibe they had.
How’s your working relationship as a duo?
Many times we start with Mia making the beats, then Emil usually gets some ideas for the melodies and other stuff. We come back together as we start working with the lyrics and vocals.
You recorded the EP in the middle of the winter, how did it affect your sound?
Emil: I remember it was the time when there was no sun in the sky for a month or so in November, but we didn’t really notice it since we were indoors all the time. I think that the most important thing for us was maybe the idea that we wanted to move forward and release a record.
You worked with artist Nick Tulinen, how was that collaboration?
Mia: Nick Tulinen is a dear friend of ours and we are always surprised by the outcome in a good way. You can maybe get a sense of that from our music video for Industrial Sex, which has been made by only us three. Being filmed or photographed by a close friend is a lot more intimate (and fun!) than having many people around and putting up a role.
Now that the EP is out, what does the rest of the year hold for you?
Well, we are really looking forward to making new music and having a great and relaxing summer. :)