Archive for March, 2011

Helsinki Part 2

Posted in Concerts, Finland, Uncategorized on March 31, 2011 by Sara Hammerzmith

So well yeah, thats pretty much what we did. Sat and enjoyed ourselves and the night at On The Rocks as the place got more and more crowded. A couple of girls sat down on the back of mine and Argos couch and I thought I recognized one of the girls.. And of course! It was Jasmin, and I was so glad to see her again. I didn’t know how small / big On The Rocks was so I was kinda scared I’dn’t meet her laters, but well, yeah, it solved pretty good haha!

After a few more hours (or at least it felt like hours!) they let us or, ratherly, let us down (haha) in the club. You know… I’m not certain how well you know of me and Sofia and our almost-sitting-in-the-lap-of-Crashdiet experiences, but this took the price. There were NO FENCE at all before the stage, and Argo even put his stuff on the stage! And in between and before the acts we chilled out on stage. Fucking amazing. Jasmin came by to take a few pictures before she returned to her friends.

First out was psy’s band, Honey Hellraiser. They were one of the final reasons for me going in the first place and I was really looking forward to see them. And I can just say one thing: They did not let me down. They were just as I expected them to be you know, energetic, fun to watch and incredibly good. My favourite tune during the evening was “Hey Honey”, and so far I can even say it’s my fave song of them.

After a pretty short, but excellent set, the Honeys left the stage to let their fellow mates in Santa Cruz take over. I think it was during this I got to say hello to Ana2009 from MB, it was real nice to see some new faces from Monsterboard! Either way, you know. When I saw Santa Cruz (and made sure it was them, haha!) I was kinda certain I’d enjoy them. After being in this “business” for so long and seeing and hearing so much, you kinda learn how to recognize a band you’d like. And the moment I saw them coming in, I kinda knew what kinda of music they’d play and that I’d enjoy them.

And I did. They were awesome. I can honestly say I didn’t see this one coming from Finland… It might just be me – and also apart from SO, Honeys and Reckless Love – I always see Finland having more heavy stuff than glam and sleaze stuff. So it was a real nice surprise. More finnish music to the people! Santa Cruz left the stage after their refreshing set and by this time, the place have started to get pretty crowded.

This was kinda… surreal you know. SO. hit the stage pretty much right on the time I predicted and even if this wasn’t the first time I’d see him unmasked, it still felt surreal you know? Like this is fucking it. See, there he is! Either way, they hit it off with my favourite song, “Shout!”. I was kinda glad they played it – I usually have you know, no luck with those things. They followed it up with my second favourite “One Nite Stand” and the good old “Got To Believe”.

During “She” I took a look around the audience… SO. doesn’t have a specific audience you know? There were rockers, there were punks, there were hippies, pop-people or just “ordinary” people. And it was one girl that really caught my attention and now she is stuck in my brain everytime I hear “She”. Like she is “She”. And she also defines SO. for me by now. No, sorry, I have no idea who she is.

Their Eurovision song, “Pamela” who was also next song to be executed, was the one who raised the roof. I expected it to be “One Nite Stand” or similar, but no, it was Pamela. The entire floor was jumping and singing. I was glad to see this kind of excitement you know, for SO.

Another thing that surprised me badly was what a good showband SO. is. I mean, I know what kind of person Sampsa is, but I never expected this band to be so… extremly good you know. I always figured they’d be some winging thing from Lordi, less good than Lordi, but instead they ended up clearing the field with Lordi you know. They literally kicked Lordis ass. If you ask me. At least this gig. For me. Compared to Babez.

“Women”, “Bye Bye”, “Back On The Road”, “Wont Let You Down Again”. The songs passed by. The gig passed by too fast too, I guess I enjoyed myself and the band and the feeling in there a bit too much to even notice. The band perfection on stage, the executioning, the energy. It’s undescribable. They are a ridiculously fun band to watch, I guess Sampsa was right when he said two years ago that SO. is the freakiest band from Finland.

And what is even more undescribable? Sampsa and SO. doing my favourite Whitesnake song. Not like it’s gonna happen. Or Wait? Yeah. “Fool For You Loving” was the second last song to the set, and hearing Sampsas tender and lovely voice doing it really gave me chills and made me enjoy the song even more. I demand them to record and release the cover of it.

Last song for the evening arrived, “Everything For Money” and they invited the Honeys and Cruzers to join them on stage, however the Cruzers had left somewhere… I don’t mind though. The combo of Hellraiser and SO. is well and enough for me.

You know… This was a real intersting gig you know. This is the first gig in a real long time that I have really enjoyed every single minute off, even during the supportbands. I wanna thank all the three bands but a bit extra for SO. and Honey Hellraiser for making the evening awesome.

After the show Antha and I got and picked up some merch (I believe Argo did this before the show) and we just… hang around. Talked abit with Saara in the merch, a bit with Psy and other people around. We stuck around until they closed at 4 and aimed for Mc Donalds which was fucking crowded at this point… Well, I don’t blame them really. Sooner or later we did eventually get our food and sat down for a while before it was time for Argo to hit his cruise and me and Antha to return to the airport. We took a nap before we found our destinations and said good bye for this time.

It might be a bit early to say, but so far, this is the funniest and most memorable trip I’ve done this year, and I’m certain it will stay that way. I enjoyed every moment of it, even if it was short and spontaneous. I want to thank Argo, Antha and Jasmin for making it kickass, and also SO. & The Honeys + Saara for making it over the top. Thanks guys. I will never forget it.

// Sara

Helsinki part 1

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21, 2011 by Sara Hammerzmith

This happened a month ago, and it has been with so much mixed feelings, and that the reason why this has taken so long time, and due to the mixed feelings about this, I don’t even know how this will turn out. But lets give it a go.

This was going to be pretty much the fastest trip ever made, I left my home in Karlstad at midnight for Stockholm and my plane to Helsinki left at 8. It was rather stressful – I figured I’d get off the bus at the first stop instead of going with it to my actual station, and thought “great, I can just walk through and check in here”, so I did check in and everything but apparently, Arlanda is bigger than you think and I thought it was NEVER GONNA END! It did eventually though.

I think it was around this moment I realized I should have slept on the bus instead of staying awake daydreaming. The flight to Helsinki is only 35 minutes, so there is no point in trying to sleep on there. Even though I actually did. Once at Helsinki… the adventure begins. Or it began with me chilling with a coffe and a sandwich while texting with Argo (Eesti999) about when he was going to arrive. I must say I feel skilled with knowing the bussystem in Helsinki better than the one in Stockholm. Why is that?

So, once in the city… I just walked around. Checking out Forum… when I got a text from Argo saying he is at Stockmann, so I figured I’d walk over there.

And you know, these kinds of things doesn’t happen, alright? I mean, the odds you run into your friends in your own hometown is kinda low rated, and even in the capital of Sweden. So how big are the odds you run into your friend in the streets of HELSINKI? Apparently pretty big, since I ran into the wonderful Jasmin! (from Paris trip) Had a fast chat before I continued down the street towards Stockmann where I found Argo standing next to a pretty suspicious statue… Ah never mind.

Together we kept exploring Helsinki, or well, he knew the city pretty well, so for he it was like being home but for me exploring! We found On The Rocks, the rests of the Elvis thing Amen had taken a pic off, we went to Musichunter(?) and Levykauppa… Before returning to Forum to pick up the very best Anthalerero!

I wasn’t totally aware of that she was coming, so it was a real nice surprise! We spent the rest of the time to walk around in stores and I certainly remember one were Argo found a iPad to play around a bit with. Time passed by and we went to McDonalds to grab some food before heading for On The Rocks… That was just across the streets.

I was so certain it would be on the sleazy backstreets or something similar, but no, right acorss from the busstation. Fucking awesome. We weren’t entirely sure if we were allowed in yet, since it’s only 18 year limits on the gigs (this goes for me and Argo that is) so we stood outside for a little while and Sampsa came out! A brief high before he ran away to run around. We figured we couldn’t stand outside like morons so we went in…

And no one checked us actually. The bar was open but they didn’t check us… so it was all cool! We headed for the red skinsofas and just sat down and enjoyed life. Talked a little music, Niko stopped by to get a few things off Antha and the hellraisers and Cruz arrived.