Timo Rautiainen & Neljäs Sektori
Turmion Kätilöt were the second band we were to see on the weekend I was at Tampere meeting my friend. Undoubtably they were the band we both were the most eager to witness live and expectations were high due to hyping ourselves by watching live gigs on youtube.
I prefaced the nights performance with a wise decision of drinking ½ from a 0.5 liter bottle of 'Sauza Tequila Gold'. This was done in a space of few hours and after a month long period of not drinking any alcohol. My friend looked at the bottle and told me that I probably shouldnt drink anymore alcohol that night. I said quietly somekind of agreeing words while thinking to myself that first thing I would do at the gig was to go buy some beer.
The venue was Pakkahuone, place next to Klubi, and instead of a proper venue it was more of a huge hall, a proper place for band that had ability to draw quite big crowds to its gig. As per my plan, following my friend to the line at the bar, I stood behind him and bought a beer as soon as possible to my friends somewhat disdain.
We chatted waiting for Turmion Kätilöt when Timo Rautiainen & Neljäs Sektori started to play. I have never been a huge fan of Timo Rautiainen, seeing it as a run-of-the-mill Finnish rock and the nights performance didn't turn my head on the matter. I would have been fine sitting against wall, drinking beer and chatting but my friend seemed to want to watch the gig. Due to my drunkeness I wasn't in best condition to make individual choices and get lost at the venue alone so I decided to stick with him, even if I didn't really feel like watching the show.
The band had quite hard time warming the audience up. Some clapped for the band, some seemed to even like it but I had the feeling that most were just going with it waiting for the main event. At one point Timo Rautiainen even called the audience on it, saying something along the lines 'Hey, what's up?' as the audience was quite cold towards their performance.
Eventually they stopped and it was time for another beer before Turmion Kätilöt took the stage. We made our way quickly to the bar, bought beers and tried to get as near as the stage as possible. After chatting for a while with someone the band took the stage. They are one of the bands that give me the feeling of a need to constantly headbang to their music and with the relentless assault of the night I was sure that my neck would feel like it's broken tomorrow morning. As performers the band is miles above last nights Electric Wizard. With their speaks between the songs they managed to both amuse and push the crowd even more into their music. With the fact that I had no earplugs and the venue was big hall fitted with amps so that the performance would be heard even in the bag the music were somewhat of a blur to my ears. I could still make all the songs out and go with the crowd completely, losing myself to the music. As the band stopped and left the stage there were a feeling of slight disappointment as the fun was over and soon I would need to face the reality of my drunken state and the reality of tomorrow's major hangover.