These eclectic Finns have a passion for quirkiness and expanding line-ups, says guitarist Johannes Leppänen.
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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THE MORE, THE MERRIER! THE EXPANDING (AND CONTRACTING)COLLECTIVE TEKSTI-TV 666.