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Hässäkkä-Päivät VI

Hässäkkä-Päivät was here for the sixth time already. I had previously visited the festival in 2010, but last year I skipped the event for reasons I can no longer remember. My thanks go to the organizers for the good food, cold water, great sound engineering, enough shade and chairs, and for the event's organization in general. Thanks! The smoking area could've been bigger, but I guess the venue couldn't really have stretched that much further - and it did have a good view to the outdoor stage.



FRIDAY


The festival was opened by Kansakunnan Ylpeys, a local noisy rock-trio. I only got to hear the latter half or third of their set, and what I heard was jamming (and jammed) music with shouted vocals. Their sound was light but sharp, crisp and ear-tearing... but overall nothing too memorable. However, I wouldn't be too amazed if they would become so in the future.

Projekti 15 was up next as the first band on the outside stage - which was a proper stage this time instead of an opened-up truck. The trio plays intensive and fast to-the-point hardcore with heavy influences from Terveet Kädet and Motörhead. This was my third time witnessing the group, and unlike last time, I now felt like I actually started to understand and fancy their music. It seemed as if they had rehearsed a lot since the last time as they played the songs way tighter, and the fat but crisp sound suited them perfectly. I'm now waiting to hear their debut release.

It seemed as if the crowd wasn't familiar with Schwerbelastungskörper's releases, as everyone seemed to keep their distance from the stage and looked a bit confused by what they're hearing. I can't blame them, as I probably would've felt the same if I hadn't listened to their full-length and Out Of Tune-split 7" as much as I have. The band itself performed excellently, especially the guitarist/vocalist who constantly kept on the move and shouted with full zeal. His colourful clothing and stage antics suited the playful and somewhat challenging hc/punk-tunes perfectly, too. A warm atmosphere, good music and a well-performing band. No complaints. I wonder when Schwerbelastungskörper will make a new album...

My first hearing of Ydinperhe was up next. I would describe them as radical hardcore from the streets, U.S.-style, but someone more acquainted with this brand of punk might disagree. Either way, what first bothered me how the male vocalist kept repeating how unrehearsed shape the band is was at the moment and how he lost his voice after a couple of songs, and despite the "lost voice" he kept on chattering and shout-singing well through the gig. It all sounded like excuses which wouldn't have been needed since the whole band played really well, and the vocalist had a good voice. He kept on moving constantly and got the front audience to join him, and the aggressive female backing vocals were a great add too. A good band, although not really my thing.

Seksihullut opened with the slow and kinda gloomy song "Nimees Googletan," but it wasn't long until they unleashed their brand of fleshy and raw punk/punkrock. Red lights and the indoor heat accompanied the raw sounds and emotions perfectly. The vocalist Sirpa and her piercing voice really took the songs to a whole new level, as happens on the albums as well. Simply great stuff, even if the gig wasn't quite up to my (too) high expectations. When's the time for a new release? Hopefully soon!

This falls off topic, but the band had a different drummer than when I saw them previously. I think it was Max from Baxter Stockman, but I might be wrong. I would've preferred the band to have a drummer with a more "wobbly" style of playing instead of this gig's precise and sharp drumming, but meh. It ain't his fault I think he plays too well, heh.

Next up was Tuomas Henrikin Jeesuksen Kristuksen Bändi, which played kraut-punk-poprock with a trombone accompanying the more traditional band instruments seen on the fest. Their music had a feel of summer. I was present on the gig, but perhaps my brain wasn't as I didn't really feel like listening to this kind of music today. So, for me the band was more of a breather than an experience. The band did perform well and with a lot of energy though, and served as a suitable soundtrack for the still warm summer evening. A great band for any summer festival, certainly. Perhaps I should finally take a listen to their recorded works.

Confusa played pretty light but raw punk that didn't seem as striking to me as I had expected based on the few sample-songs I had heard - but striking enough to convince me to add at least one of their records onto my "shopping list." The two young ladies singing seemed to have the time of their lives on stage, and who wouldn't enjoy seeing that? The rest of the band was pretty immobile though.

Pop punk rock with backing synths from Maakuntaradio was up next. Decent, rather basic and emotional songs that didn't really make an impression on me. It's nice that the evening offered some clearly lighter bands, though, so even if I didn't like Maakuntaradio, they had a function for my evening.

Feastem is a great grindcore-band as proven by their two full-lengths (the newer one is reviewed here), and I'm definitely excited to hear their upcoming third album. This gig was the first one of theirs that I've seen, and it was very convincing. The band played their well-composed and -rehearsed grind-chaos intensively and with a ton of energy. No complaints whatsoever. Bonus points are given for the shorts speeches between the songs that explained what the lyrics are about.

Unkind: violent and dark crustcore with sludgy heaviness and analog synths. A great band that I haven't yet heard any recordings from, because... I don't know actually. If the band Sink was more into crust and composition-reliance, their music might sound like this.

Força Macabra is a Finnish band that plays Brazilian-style thrashcore/crossover. They've been around for over 20 years now, yet this was my first time seeing them play live. I had great expectations for the band based on their two latest full-lengths and their years' worth of experience, and what a gig they played! The heat indoors mixed with the band's thrashing metal-onslaught, making it possible to actually feel the band's presence. The crowd was all into the band's music and there was a lot of moshing going on, thanks to the band being in a good tick and delivering instantly appealing tunes. Força Macabra played a little longer than they were supposed to, maybe close to 40 minutes, and their intensity, skill and the active crowd ranked this gig amidst the best ones I've come to see, ever. Superb. I am definitely waiting for the group's next album to come out.

I heard a couple of tunes from the legendary J.M.K.E. as I was exiting the area. Chances are that you know the band way better than I do, so I'll just say that they sounded as they should. If I wasn't still shaken by the previous gig and in hurry to catch the bus, I would've definitely stayed and listened to J.M.K.E. for a longer while. I missed two more bands: Hävitys and Perikato. While I'm not familiar with Hävitys, I would've gladly seen the hc-band Perikato if it were possible, as the sample-songs I've heard from their "Jälkiteollinen Painajainen" 7"-EP were plain merciless.



SATURDAY


Noituus is the traditional starter for Hässäkkä-Päivät's saturdays, and that's what they did this year too. They played a bunch of new and yet unreleased (but recently recorded) songs well and with a great sound, and even the static audience didn't manage to flatten my listening experience. Funnily enough, this was perhaps the first time I actually heard some lyrics in Mögälix's shouting, which was a nice add. I'll be waiting for the newest recording session to be released.

Death By Snoo Snoo followed on the outdoor stage. Although I prefer the new album's softer sound to the gig's slightly rawer one, the warm-spirited and and cheery performance did both the brand new and older songs justice. Hanne's both sharp and soft vocals had the needed amount of room to operate and make an impact, too. Good "hc-pop" with good sounds, no complaints.

I had labeled Famine Year as a dull band based on the sample-songs I had heard earlier, but when witnessed live the band's well-played grinding crust punk with an active performance was very convincing. It seems I'll have to re-listen to the sample songs.

Next up was Out Of Tune, who played some selected songs from their upcoming prog-epos. The songs felt a little distant, unsurprisingly, since they were individual pieces of one solid theme-album. The band's mix of angular progressive rock and hardcore punk with the needed amount of heaviness was really interesting in this form too, though. The gig must've been a success since it made the prog-epos already seem like a recommendable buy. The set ended to a couple of older songs that indeed seemed simpler and straightforward than the new material - and these older pieces aren't that simple to begin with. Very intriquing music.

Then it was time for Ydintuho who blasted their loud, noisy, blackened and dirty chaos of hardcore and metal on the indoor stage. I have one live- and demo-tape from the band, and based on this gig's overall band sound it seems I definitely have to get Ydintuho's split 7" with Kylmä Sota in the immediate future. It's been hanging on my "to buy"-list for a long time already, but this gig raised the 7" among the list's most important titles.

Throat's loud and angular piss-stained noise rock suited the summer heat perfectly. If you want to hear party music for the socially and mentally ill, I recommend checking out their records (except for the first tape which has weak vocals).

I've seen Kovaa Rasvaa once before, but this time they played a lot better and tighter together. Traditional '82-hc chaos with pissed off female shouts equals truly hostile and convincing music, especially so due to the band's enthusiastic delivery and a great drummer. 'Nuff said. I bought their 7"-EP after the gig.

Rift's music ranged from sharp noise rock to something like noisy punk rock with emotional content. Light and pretty interesting stuff, I must say. Although I liked the atmospheres, the most emotional parts felt a little too cheesy for me. I hope the band will knit their palette tighter together in the future.

Jumalan Ruoska's music ranged from in-your-face hc to blues/country-grooving hostile punk with loud vocals. The organizers' description of them as a "cock-jazz band" with influences from for example Shitter Limited doesn't fall far from the truth either. Either way, the band's one-gig long return from their five-year hiatus was definitely a warmly welcomed one from both the general audience's and from my personal point of view. Excellent, energetic and intriquingly weird stuff that I'd gladly see more often on stage. Maybe there is still hope for more?

After that it was time for me to head home, tired and satisfied.

Records that I bought from the fest:
Atom Notes - Spare Parts 12"
Bad Jesus Experience - II 10"
Kovaa Rasvaa - debut 7"
Viisikko - IIII tape
V/A - Klassinen Kokoelma #1