Last Sunday, my "Swell Tune" of the day was French Films' Golden Sea. It's boss, and to my knowledge the first anything from Finland I have ever featured.
Then yesterday, I was contacted by Big Wave Riders, another Finnish band. I wasn't sure if it was coincidence or run of the mill networking, but I couldn't ignore it--I was suddenly very interested in "that land the phones come from."
Well there must be something in the water in Finland. Something post-punk and awesome. Because, like their fellow countrymen, Big Wave Riders have a dark infectious sound that will test the stamina of your back button. If I pegged French Films as "Joy Division-via-John Hughes", then Big Wave Riders might be "Duran Duran-via- ". But even with different genes, it's clear they're still from the same neighbourhood. It's post-punk/new wave aesthetic, but with much less distortion than similar projects out of the west.
So what I need to know is if this is typical for Finland right now--anyone on the inside who can explain the scene, please contact me. St Petersburg-Helsinki is a short train ride and I think I've found somewhere to go for spring holidays.
(You can download both these tracks for free from their Soundcloud page.)