Woman on a mission – Nyman-Sramkova in Tampere, covering one of the most exciting music festivals of Finland, featuring hot new-comers and promising live acts everybody should care about.
What happens in Tampere stays in Tampere, right?
Let’s just say that my journey to Tampere started already on Sunday, driving from Salzburg to Prague and staying there for a while before leaving to Helsinki on Wednesday – A day full of restricted places, trains and all that jazz. I forgot about the fact that I’m claustrophobic and flights/train-travels are always a horror, but let’s stop right here. You already know too much about me and I have no idea why I’m telling you. This is a filler.
5th October marked the beginning for the 11th edition of Tampere’s showcase festival Lost In Music promoted by NEM Agency and you had the chance to see a handful of really, really exciting artists playing across the hottest venues in town already on the first day. I’ve checked out some of them and who knows? Maybe you’ll find your new favorite band…
#mostlaidbackperformance: Wedding Crashers
While it was obvious that the hype is around Suad who played in O’Connell’s at the same time, I guess it was because of my selfishness to stay in Klubi to check out how the music of Wedding Crashers developed since the last time I randomly saw them in Helsinki way back in summer of 2012. They had a record release show there (yep, that’s why there were balloons all over the stage) and we were asked to shoot confetti during that. That was one rather underwhelming moment – Unlike the band’s mixture of Folk and Alternative which was quite convincing.
I was right, Wedding Crashers seemed to have come a long way since 2012 but there’s an even longer way ahead. It was enjoyable nevertheless. Smiley face.
#mostsemiokayperformance: One Desire
You know what? Let’s just stay in Klubi and let’s see what kind of a jewel the next band is. One Desire was suggested to me by one acquaintance of mine so I followed his lead – His taste in music has to be cool… Or so I thought.
Let’s be honest here, this band would be pretty flat without their charismatic frontman but their modern approach on Hard Rock just needs that kind of a frontman – if you know what I want to say with that. The songwriting qualities of One Desire are quite admirable though – every chorus stands out and there’s something memorable about every track. I can’t help myself, but I had the feeling that there was something missing and that’s why the band’s performance seemed so lifeless to me. Or maybe I just don’t understand Hard Rock anymore. Not that I ever did…
#mostfunperformance: Blind Channel
Five gentlemen dressed in white, splattered in fake blood. That’s what it is. Or not. But that’s what we got to see. Blind Channel is pretty much the next big thing in Finnish modern Metal as they combine Pop, Rock and Electronic elements in their sound. It was a very solid show with many electrifying moments and Blind Channel surely know how to make crowds go crazy – I’m not sure if that was the case in Klubi (I don’t remember), but I can imagine people in Germany going bat-shit crazy about them.
A fun band to look at and their music is definitely something you should check out if you’re looking for some innovation in the heavier genre – The opening track of their set “Alone Against All” was a pure bomb. Unfortunately, not even Blind Channel managed to make my indie-heart beat faster.
Meanwhile I hopped over to Jack The Rooster (which was a little bit too hectic for me) and it was pretty packed the moments before Sara kicked off their set comprised of new tracks as well as older hits at 23:00. If you’re a seasoned reader of YDP, this band doesn’t need an introduction. And even though I know them for around 10 years already (Wow, time flies), their show at Lost In Music was the first one for me (I shamefully missed their show sometime in 2012 though, but that’s past, okay?).
It was atmospheric and the light show just added to the magic factor of the band’s performance – There’s something about shooting these kinda shows as you can actually experiment with the light situation. Anyway, tracks like “Ainoat hereillä“, “Raskas“, “Laine kerrallaan” as well as the band’s latest single “Tyhjää” were played that evening and it just worked like a well-oiled machine.
Sacrifices were made that evening. Unfortunately. I had to let go of Kuumaa and Annukka in Doris (somebody tell me… Did I miss out on something? Yes, no, maybe?) for the sake of time management and I admit I was a little bit bummed about it since I was looking forward to these two artists – But you can’t always have the nice things in life, right? Right.
I returned to Klubi, enjoying to some hypnotizing Trance tunes by Serot and I bet that some people who were showing off their hottest dance moves were more than just drunk. Joking. I don’t have a clue and I don’t care. The stage was dark 99% of the time, so I don’t even have a clue who or what Serot is besides some silhouettes behind something that looked like a DJ-booth. And then… We eventually got to see the last band of the first day at Lost In Music…
#mosticonicperformance: Dallas Kalevala
As good as cocaine. I don’t really know why, but that was the very first thing that came into my mind after witnessing the first-ever show in Tampere of this hard-to-label act.
Intense, rapid, absolutely unforgiving and the comedown comes quicker than you’d expect it to. Dallas Kalevala take you on an unexpected trip through soundscapes – Once you feel like ending up in the 80s (I think I’m referring to a track called “Gloria“), then everything breaks down and suddenly you find yourself listening to some Berghain-worthy music while not forgetting to jerk some tears of amazement during the last moments of “Moon Makes Me Happy“. Tradition with an unconventional futuristic approach and a strong attitude. You won’t believe unless you’ve seen it with your own eyes.
The future is bright. Let’s see what it brings. And I’m nodding in acknowledgment.
Do you need to know anything else? I don’t think so. What are your safe-bets at Lost In Music and which artists from the line-up would you recommend to the masses?
That’s it for now, but I’ll be back very soon with a similar article about Day 2 which will be less stressful (hopefully) and until that time… Love & Peace, etc.!
Photos & everything else by M. Nyman-Sramkova