Country of Origin: Finland
We’ve played Finnish bands on Global Garage here and there, but it wasn’t until more-recent digital crate digging that we fully realized the magic coming out of the Land of A Thousand Lakes. It wouldn’t be fair to pigeonhole what I’ve heard from the scene so far but, from what I’ve heard, everything just seems to have a fresh sense of liveliness.
Kynnet exemplifies this with a really fun and playful tone embedded in their sound. The Helsinki band’s 2018 record, Vähät välittää, is just a damn good garage rock record that makes me want to get up and dance.
The band’s founder and songwriter, Teemu Tanner, provided the answers to this week’s “Five Questions With…” and the feature photo was taken by Eeva Lietonen.
1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)
Tough one! Okay, that must be “XO” by late Elliott Smith. That album taught me so, so much about songwriting when I was [a] vulnerable teen, spacing out. I never get tired of listening to that. Although, ask me the same question another day and see what’ll happen…
2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?
Kynnet started as a solo project of mine, that was a couple of years ago. I did some sensitive 8-track recordings by myself and quite soon after releasing my first tape via Fuck Rekords, a label ran by Joni Ekman, I was invited to do a couple of live shows. Luckily few of my close friends had already paid interest to play in Kynnet, so it wasn’t hard to set up a live lineup. Nowadays I just sing, couldn’t even play my own songs half as good as the others do.
3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?
It’s very much alive and breathing. I’m proud to know so many amazingly talented people constantly keeping things moving. Releasing, writing, making art, collaborating over genres and stuff. Always with a heart and a raw vision! That stuff’s inspiring and joyful to follow. I can’t name just a few sources, it’ll take me forever. But do contact us and we’ll tell everything about everyone!
4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?
I just LOVE the late English playwright Sarah Kane. Somehow she managed to crack the code of beauty and make it all clear to me. She was something else and damn hard to beat. “Cleansed” is my favorite play of her’s. Oh yeah, I also like people who are… subconsciously well-organized, but not like in a straight-laced way. I know, sounds weird…
5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.
With Kynnet, a couple of recent highlights must include Flow Festival last summer (2018) and our album release-tour last autumn, especially the show at Grande, Rovaniemi. The place was sold out and went nuts. Including us, of course.