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Advanced Art’s Futurist Legacy

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The mustahuuli, the synkkis. Literally translating to “black lip” and “gloomers” in Finnish, these were words used to describe the yet-to-be-named movement that followed punk in the 1970s. A subculture gripped by the dramatics of melancholy, it was a rendezvous with darkness that eventually came to be known as goth.

Up until 1988, “goth” was a word that didn’t exist for Pasi “Jana” Janhunen, the vocalist of Advanced Art: “Jyrki [Witch, of the band Two Witches] was being interviewed for local radio and all of a sudden every other word he used was ‘goth’ or ‘gothic’,” says Janhunen. “What the fuck was he talking about? Nothing changed, and he still liked the same bands. I liked those bands, too—Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, stuff like that. But all of a sudden it was labeled.”

Janhunen grew up in Finland in the mid ’80s, a time when the country felt the shadow of the Soviet Union, whose borders were just a short distance from his hometown of Tampere. “It was a precarious time, because we had the Soviet Union just around the corner and we were never sure what they were doing. Politically, we were West, but we didn’t want to provoke the sleeping bear, so to speak,” he says. The desire to remain on the right side of the Iron Curtain emanated through all of Finland even after the Russian troops retreated.

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Teksti-TV 666 Prove That Five Guitars are Better than One

Teksti-TV 666 photo by Markus Paajala
Teksti-TV 666. Photo by Markus Paajala.

Teksti-TV 666 may not be the first band to boast five (at times even six) guitarists, but there’s no need to brace yourself for some kind of deafeningly repetitive Glenn Branca-esque symphony nor, indeed, the next Eagles. While there are certain passages where the sheer number of Teksti-TV 666’s guitars are exploited to full effect—the Sonic Youth-ish “Hautakivi” being one of them—it’s not their multi-axed walls of noise that make them stand out. The Finnish seven-piece’s principal talent lies in their compositional fusion of krautrock and shoegaze with catchy, classic garage-punk songwriting. The net effect is like having Germany’s Neu! blasting through one headphone earbud and Sweden’s The Hellacopters through the other.

Psych rock meets garage punk is no easy synthesis to manage but Teksti-TV 666’s tunes are blessed with both indulgent expansiveness and anthemic immediacy. Unlike its members’ previous projects, Teksti-TV 666’s lyrics are sung in their native tongue. But even if you’re not fluent in Finnish, you won’t struggle to sing along to their many hooks—thanks, in no small part, to their use of the universal “Whoa whoa.”

They have already been likened to artists as disparate as Diarrhea Planet, Explosions In The Sky and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Such a broad range of comparisons illustrates just how hard it is to pin the band down—all the more impressive, given that they formed just three years ago. Since then, they’ve released a trio of 12″ EPs, the first of which sold out within a month, and the next two selling out in pre-order. Fortunately, Svart Records have compiled all three EPs into one tidy package. As 1,2,3 gets its Bandcamp release, Teksti-TV 666’s Timo Huotari, Tero Huotari and Johannes Leppänen told us how their seven-headed project operates.

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