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Architecture in Helsinki + Caribou @ KOKO

Koko, Camden, 10 September 2007

Written by James Foreman

Being unfamiliar with both Caribou and Architecture in Helsinki, I headed down to the cavernous venue that is the Koko in Camden to open my eyes and ears to new music, or so I thought! Opening for AIH, Caribou delivered a stormy six song set in true psychedelic style, needless to say this involved atmospheric guitars and vocals combined with driving drums and the mandatory animated optical illusion backdrop. Throughout the set the band remained static, and even with the addition of another drum kit to drive the final song I was left wondering, where is it all going?

Architecture in Helsinki promptly came on at 9:45 and also failed to impress. Although fully animated (almost to the degree of a child that has eaten too many Smarties) I was unexcited by the bouncing around and continuous swapping of instruments. Initial technical difficulties hindered the band and a mid set intermission due to the fact that “we don’t have the stamina that we used to” left me feeling disappointed.

The between song banter lightened the mood although offered no real insight into the bands mindset, “this songs about being eaten alive by bunyips in Sussex” for example. Mid set AIH launched into Live It Up by Mental As Anything which, I was politely informed by an Aussie fan next to me was a big revival hit down under in the 90’s.

All was not lost however with renditions of Hold Music and Heart It Races, showing a glimpse of the talent and excitement I had hoped to see. Sadly it wasn’t quite enough and I came away wishing that Architecture in Helsinki had stayed in the land down under along with the Crocodile Dundee soundtrack.

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