These eclec­tic Finns have a pas­sion for quirk­i­ness and ex­pand­ing line-ups, says gui­tarist Jo­hannes Lep­pä­nen.

Prog - - Limelight -

“The line-up

changes be­cause we al­ways bring friends along.”

For­get ev­ery­thing you thought you knew about mod­ern Fin­nish prog be­ing dark and mys­te­ri­ous, be­cause Teksti-TV 666 are an au­ral as­sault of krautrock, jazz, psych, shoegaze and Amer­i­can garage punk. The vibe on their first full-length stu­dio al­bum Ai­dattu Tule­vaisuus is less doom and gloom and more feel-good an­thems. Think Neu! cov­er­ing The Ra­mones.

“It sounds pretty ridicu­lous but it works it­self out,” says gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist Jo­hannes Lep­pä­nen. “We all like krautrock – stuff like Neu!, Can and Faust – and garage punk bands, so in gen­eral that’s where the sound comes from. We have a bunch of other stuff go­ing on as well but the idea was to bring to­gether the repet­i­tive­ness of kraut with the sound of garage punk and see what hap­pened. It’s just so much fun.”

The col­lec­tive, whose name trans­lates as Tele­text 666, be­gan as a trio be­fore ex­pand­ing and con­tract­ing to the cur­rent six-piece, with four gui­tarists, a bas­sist and drum­mer.

“The line-up changes be­cause we al­ways bring friends along when we play live. I think there were 12 peo­ple at the last show we played!” ad­mits Lep­pä­nen, who joined shortly af­ter see­ing one of the band’s early gigs. “I was a fan at first and I guess that’s what hap­pened to ev­ery­body who saw the band; they’d see us live and go, ‘It’s pretty fun’ and they’d end up join­ing!”

With scores of en­er­getic live shows and three EPs – named 1, 2 and 3

– be­hind them, the Helsinki-based out­fit are now con­cen­trat­ing on get­ting Ai­dattu Tule­vaisuus out there. Just five tracks long, their de­but stu­dio al­bum ric­o­chets from the full-on opener Turbo Mon­deo, with whis­pers of Joy Di­vi­sion, through to the repet­i­tive 10-minute closer Katko; a track where slow-mo­tion rhythms play­fully grap­ple with a punchy beat.

“Lyri­cally, it’s not too se­ri­ous and there’s def­i­nitely a satir­i­cal el­e­ment,” he re­veals. “The ti­tle trans­lates as fenced fu­ture. It comes from an ar­ti­cle about how re­ally rich peo­ple can buy su­per se­cure prop­er­ties. It plays on the idea that when the shit goes down, they will be safe be­cause they’re rich enough to buy safety.”

The mad­cap col­lec­tive hope to re­lease a sin­gle early next year. NRS

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