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Grave Pleasures celebrated the release of their fourth studio album Plagueboys at Yo-Talo in Tampere on April 27, 2023.

Modem, a dystopian synth-pop duo donned with a pile of synth filled boxes warmed up the stage. They seemed to be a bit mysterious and underground as I had trouble finding much info about them. Although their style and sound seemed to be on the outer edge of relative to Grave Pleasures, the connection was understandable. They somehow flawlessly blended eccentricity and low keyness, drenaline driven yet chill indie aesthetic, shiny latex, fast glasses eccentric dancing vs. knitted sweaters, humble newsboy hats and groovy stoicism. The vocals and more melancholic melodies shot a streak of Twin Peaks vibes through the whole set. Specially the parts when the vocalist played the Sax, and it made you question whether it was insanity or brilliance.

Although it was a Thursday night and probably not as big of a crowd a there could (should) have been, Grave Pleasures set the stage ablaze from start to finish. At times, every (living) body in the room was swaying to the groove of dystopian doomy post punk. Mat’s humble and low key speeches between songs drove in the lovely paradox of up beat dystopian music. Questioning why they wrote songs about such dark subjects such as “Doomsday Rainbows” in the past, and how they’ve move on to getting “High on Annihilation”. Sarcastically mentioning all the things going wrong in the world that they weren’t supposed to talk about , although much of their music coincidentally directly breached those subjects. Dancing with a similar low key eccentricness Modem had. The only other time I had seen the band was at the packed indoor stage at Tuska in 2018, so the half full intimacy of Yo-Talo was quite a different vibe and although the show as brilliant and will probably make my top gigs list, it left an unsatiated feeling, needing more. I really REALLY hope they do more gigs this year!



With the world opening up again, bands that formed during the lockdown are finally getting the chance to spread their wings. Noora Louhimo Experience was one of them! They had their best gig ever at Yo-Talo in Tampere 27.10.2021. The premier gig of Noora Louhimo Experience was definitely an experience to be remembered. A rich and vibrant show to wake up the senses after a year and a half near devoid of live music. Eccentric, bright, shiny and colorful outfits adorned all the musicians. Feathers, sparkles, fishnet, and bits and pieces from every corner of the spectrum were a perfect visual representation of what the sound and aesthetic of the band represented on their debut album Eternal Wheel of Time and Space. In addition to the core band, the live lineup also included three backup vocalists and a three piece brass section. Pekka Louhimo , Noora’s brother, also joined on stage for a few duets as well as harmonica accompaniment. I have to say it was also really cool to see Juuso Raatikainen doing his thing in a different setting. Needless to say, the stage at Yo-Talo was filled to the brim with talent and energy and although it was a Wednesday evening, there was a pretty decent turnout with enthusiastic fans.

Live Lineup inlcuded:

Noora Louhimo – Vocals

Samuli Erkkilä – Lead Guitars

JC Halttunen – Guitars

AP Kauppinen – Bass

Juuso Raatikainen – Drums

Sussu Ketola – Keyboards

Pekka Louhimo – Vocals,Harmonica

Anni Lintula, Riikka Liisukka and Petra-Miisa Juusenaho – Backup Vocals

Aino Heikkonen – Saxophone

Antero Salonen – Trumpet

Markus Larjomaa – Trombone

photos and report by Serena Solomon