hi there. been a few weeks since my last update. nothing major has happened since then, so no biggie really. but there's always something.
the rock festival Qstock
took place last weekend (Fri 27th & Sat 28th July) here in Oulu. the festival was held for the 5th time in a row now, and were celebrating its 5th anniversary. not that one could tell really, though there were a few big Finnish names on the bill, and a bunch of foreign artists, such as UK's Errors, Celtic Frost from Switzerland, Turbonegro from Norway, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Sparzanza, The Haunted and Coffinshakers from Sweden, plus a few middle-European electronic music artists, unknown to me.
our choir, Mieskuoro Huutajat. also performed at the fest, on Saturday afternoon. the weather was all nice and shiny on Friday, but Saturday didn't look quite as good. it was raining almost all day, and cold, too. our performance was situated on he main stage, and, despite the massive rainfall, the field in front of the stage was crowded. nice. our performance lasted for about 20 minutes, after which the local band Morley stepped on stage to perform one of their songs ("Oh La La"
) together with our choir. the rain broke some of the microphones on the stage, and the ensemble was also cancelled, but our choir leader decided to carry it out, and it turned out ok, i guess. by the time we got off the stage, our black suits were all soaking wet, due to the wind blowing right towards the stage, forcing all the rain on us. after the gig i stayed at the back stage for a while, enjoying the free food (which was very good, compliments to the chef) and drinks.
because of our performance, and my friend Heidi's birthday party on Friday night, i only managed to see a handful of artists the whole weekend. on Friday, we (myself and my friends Toni and Nina) checked out Poets of the Fall, a Finnish pop-rock group. i had only heard a few of their songs on the radio, and hadn't been impressed. but seeing them on stage kind of changed that. their performance was energetic and tight, and those guys know how to play their instruments. the gig was just a bit too long, but other than that, thoroughly enjoyable. i also took a peek at Stam1na, a Finnish heavy metal band, and Hanoi Rocks, who managed to suck even beyond my expectations. a truly sad sight to behold.
on Saturday, after our own performance, i went to see Markku Peltola & his Buster Keaton orchestra. i didn't know what exactly to expect from them. i had heard them before, once, and that was a long time ago, so i couldn't quite remember what they were like. their sound is a weird and unique mixture of different styles, playing with rhythms, and has a strange, almost ethnic-like feel to the sound. from what i could tell, since i was watching from way back in the back row, in think the band consisted of Markku Peltola (yes, the actor) on acoustic guitar, a guy on an electric guitar, a bass player, a violinist, an accordionist, a drummer, plus two guys on horns. it was fascinating, but didn't set me on flames or anything.
after Markku Peltola's performace i went home to hang my suit to dry, and have a little nap. i had stayed up late last night, and had an early wake up that day, so i was feeling a bit tired. i went back to the fest to see CMX, a popular Finnish alternative rock band. i've always had mixed feelings about the band. there are some aspects to them i like, and some i don't. however, i usually enjoy their gigs, and this one was no exception. the band seemed to be in a good mood, and i felt it was passed to the audience, too. heck, they even made the sun show up, shining its light right at the stage. the band's front man, A.W. Yrjänä, turned it into a joke; "we were told we would only have one light on stage, but come on, this is ridiculous!".
but the sun didn't stay up in the sky for long. after CMX finished, it was time for the Swiss metal band Celtic Frost to take the stage. i see them being labeled as black metal everywhere, but though their sound is extremely dark and heavy, i wouldn't call them black metal. yes, they have elements of that genre in their music, no doubt, but it's also so much more than that. anyway, i had never really heard them before, other than checking out a few songs on their myspace page
a few days before. but dammit, what a show that was. when they stepped on the stage, the sun cowered behind the clouds again, as if being commanded to do so by the band's presence. that was an eerie feeling. i had to put my ear plugs on for the first time the whole festival. their sound was crushing heavy. one could feel every pound on a drum, and each strum of the bass in their body. the whole gig was total and absolute mayhem, from start to finish. it was apocalypse. there was something, dare i say, ungodly
, about them on stage. i had never witnessed anything like that before. all i could do was just stand there, listen, and watch in awe as they dominated the stage, all clad in black and faces painted white, raising hell in an unholy ritual. i must underline the fact, that i'm not usually into this type of music that much, but that was, without a doubt the best performance i saw that weekend. if there's one band i'd like to see again soon, it would have to be CF.
yeah, i missed a lot of acts i wanted to see, but things went as they went. and since i was performing myself, it was all free, and i had a good time, so i'm not really complaining. eagerly awaiting next year's Qstock.