Support:Caroline, Naked; venue: Klubi, Tampere (Finland)
By: Sabine van Gameren
When entering Klubi, I knew that I would visit a venue filled with loads of young and enthusiastic women. Two of the three bands playing this night, also played at the Lost in Music festival. Same venue, smaller stage. New to me was the first band: Caroline. I have not heard anything about them before so I was curious to see what they would bring me.
I saw the singer entering the club and I just knew it was him. As mentioned before, I saw the other bands before and the rest of the present people were young girls and crew. His hair is blond and big. When saying this I mean, really big. His name is Tommy and besides the big hair he also wears a belt with a buckle which mentions “Elvis”. During the performance, the band sometimes showed a little unstable. Like they are not that long together yet. When reading their biography on MySpace, I noticed that they had quite some line up changes. This might be the reason why the band does not completely set a solid show yet.
The band paid a lot of attention to how they look, which I would say is definitely a pro for the glam rock music they make, but unfortunately there was not much going on onstage. Front man Tommy should have been playing a little more with the audience. Now it looked like he was singing in front of a mirror, with the only person to impress is himself.
About the songs they played I can say that I do like them, although somehow they sound quite similar. But also, I just have to make a big compliment about Tommy’s voice. Because he is very gifted with his voice! That is what made it fun to still watch the show after 45 minutes considering the points I mentioned above. When they work on the rest, I am sure this band will do very well in the future.
Next band, was Naked. On Lost in Music they were the best band I saw that evening.
I have to mention that they managed to get this honorable title again. Actually, this was the best performance I have ever seen of this band. It is nice to see a happy, motivated band like them. They radiate that they love to be onstage and although some things went wrong with The Muff’s (singer) guitar, they managed to improvise and some of the fans probably not even noticed what was going on.
With songs like “High on Blue Love” and “Hallelujah” they got their audience singing along. Overall, this performance was very good and I would say this band is perfect on the Klubi stage, while they were nearly drowning on the Pakkahuone stage (Lost in Music). When the band threw some goodies into the audience, they got even more response and they managed to make me smile as well. Well done Naked!
Heijaste was the last band for tonight. When I said Naked did better on this smaller stage, this definitely counts for Heijaste as well. The singer sings in Finnish and serves us some emotional rock straight from the heart with a punk rock edge. What I like about the band is that they manage to make me feel the music. I don’t have to understand the lyrics to feel the emotions given by their songs. The total sound of the band is amazing, the keyboard takes a nice place in the music, which makes it sound dramatic, but not taken too much to the foreground. Well placed guitar riffs in the music, show that we have to do with experienced musicians. Picture this with an unique voice which never gets irritating and you have Heijaste. I would like to mention the beautiful song “Anna Hukkua” which actually made me stop photographing and got me staring at the stage. I wonder if they will ever make it outside Finland, but they are heroes in their own country and that will do as well.
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