25 May 2016
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE JANE FONDA AEROBIC VHS? - "(DO THE) SHÄMÄLÄIN", (SIXTIES ROCK, FINLAND)
With possibly the longest ever band title in history, we cannot help but get overly excited at this three piece from Kouvola, Finland. Their amalgamated thrashment "(Do The) Shämäläin" fuses together gritty Brit-rock with camp sixties swing to create some sort of punchy American bedroom-pop, snarling grunge behemoth. Let us elaborate further.
Newly resurfaced on Soundcloud, this song might be a year old but who cares. Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? are a very dexterous band. We cannot emphasise this enough. Blending discordant musical elements from genres aplenty should never work on paper, but in this instance, the Finnish trio do it absolutely perfectly. Delving into the schisms of frenetic sixties jazz-pop reverie in the same vein as The Pipettes car crashed with shouty Those Dancing Days choruses and rebelliously soaked in retro grunge-rock that screams The Prisoners is what we think describes "(Do The) Shämäläin" best. A cohort of scuzz riddled guitars, catchy drum beats, characterful synths and sharp lyrics reveals a band that can control sounds with diligence and charisma. Praise Jane Fonda!
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