Øresund Space Collective and Taipuva Lutisuoria - Lepakkomaies, Helsinki, Finland 10/31/09
From Aural Innovations April 2010 update
Saturday October 31st (Halloween)
11:50 I managed to get the earplugs to really block out the sound last night so I did not hear the snoring ones much at all and got maybe 5 hours sleep. Yeah... Everyone is sort of awake now except Sebastian and Mogens. Everyone was really satisfied with the gig. I hope the recording sounds good. All the bands were really cool last night. I think I liked Temples better than This is Sirius though. We will leave Lahti in a few hours for Helsinki.
13:00 Nick is back sleeping but everyone else has got up and had a shower and are in a great mood. I just got a message from Santtu that the sound people will be there at 18. He will arrive around 19 or so. We plan to leave here around 15:30. Juba and I are going for a walk in the area around here and into the small forest near by.
Nice area... Forest near Jussi's house in Lahit
15:47 We are on our way now. Everyone seems pretty fresh. I am still really tired. We are listening to Leonard Cohen. Never really heard him before. I am really hungry. Had some rye bread with cheese, a tomato, granola bar and some juice but that is all since dinner yesterday evening.
Sunset on the way to Helsinki
17:25 We are lost in Helsinki. Driving around for the last 20 minutes. We will have to call Santtu to help us find the way. Seems the directions using the Michelin site are not very accurate.
20:41 Mikko and Sami from Hidria Spacefolk were sitting in the bar when we arrived. So cool to see them. They have to go talk to the guy who will do the editing of the film for their DVD but will come back for the gig later. Our soundcheck was pretty long and the drums did not arrive until like 19. One of my extension bars died and it seems there are not extras anywhere, so no blacklight and not Yamaha CS-10 tonight. Mogens, Juba and I went out for some Chinese food. Had the Kung Pa chicken and it was really good. Not that greasy. Fuck... I have to stay awake for another 12 hours and drive to Turku after the gig tonight. I am not looking forward to this. I hope that the TL guys will not start too late. 10:00. They are setting up to do a multitrack recording. This should be interesting. I hope it turns out well.
22:30 TL are playing and sound amazing. They are a super cool band. The place is like half full now as well and it seems more and more are coming all the time. I can't wait to play now. This is one killer band. I can't believe they are not more well known. Check out their latest CD, IV.
Ville from Taipuva L..Taipuva in the dark.
02:00 I am not that happy that we had to stop playing at 01:00. I was told 01:30. We only got to play like 75 minutes as it took a long time to change the stage out and Esko, the keyboard player, has a big set up and he just left and went to smoke and did not come back for like 20 minutes. Not cool. Anyway, the crowd was amazing. Both Mogens and I had a bad synth night. He had no signal from his nord modular when the show started and had to get help from the sound guy. I was on the floor in front of the stage as there was no room for me and was blasted from Sebastians guitar and the PA so it was really hard to hear myself. The rest of the band was sounding killer. We freaked them out a bit by starting with a country number! We played with Taneli, the drummer from Taipuva. He was very good but not really our style. He changes the rhythm and beat too often and this throws people around. Still a very good drummer. Jukka suited us better I think. The view of the gig was really mixed. Mattias and Nick thought it was better than Lahti, while the rest did not agree.
OSc on a small crowded stage in Helsinki.
1. Space Intro 4:23
2. Lepakkomies Country Shuffle
3. Sliding Away 9:14
4. Our Finnish Friends 12:21
5. Mogens, the new manager at Hesburger 14:09
6. It doesn't taste like Plastic 12:34
7. Jaire's birthday Jam 16:39
8. Batman leaves the Cave 5:04
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Reviewed by Scott Heller