John Grant @The Circus, Helsinki 11.11.2016
While we continue to reel from the US election result, John Grant comes to Helsinki to soothe our souls and probably offer some insight as well as blistering banter. There are few songwriters around today who dole out acerbic wit within song like Grant whilst still managing to deliver on the tunes part. It’s an opportune moment to catch Grant in the flesh on what’s bound to be a special evening. Opening act for the evening is the great Finnish singer-songwriter Aino Venna.
Swervedriver @Tavastia, Helsinki 13.11.2016 (+Merries)
As ‘shoegaze’ celebrates 25 years plus of cultural relevance – My Bloody Valentine‘s landmark Loveless comes of age too – Swervedriver arrive in Helsinki at a meaningful time for the genre. We’ve had My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive and Lush all visit these parts in recent years, so Swervedriver’s appearance should do much for completists. Their first two albums, Raise (1991) and Mezcal Head (1993) both heed to the Valentine’s spirit, but more adventurous fare was to follow. Big success in America was aquired and then a hiatus – but as has been noted –shoegaze bands never die. Expect some visceral rock fireworks and great support from Finland’s excellent Merries. Meanwhile we await that Pale Saints reunion with interest.