So for anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while, you’ll be aware of my undying (and slightly embarrassing) love of Finnish rockers The Rasmus. So I’m always keen to check out what the band members are up to with solo projects and such.
Lead singer Lauri Ylonen‘s first attempt at a solo career seemed pretty good. His first album ‘New World’ was a bit more tech-influenced, carrying an theme of escapism and fantasy through the tracks and videos. It was different, but it was listenable, just as catchy as The Rasmus’ music and fell under the genre of ‘dark electro pop’.
Unfortunately, ‘She’s A Bomb’ isn’t quite the same. It’s still catchy, in a Tiga-esque way (repetitive words instead of the lyrical stories that I would’ve expected). The video though, which I’ve decided not to include just to keep this blog PG13 is downright weird. It feels like a joke that I’m not a part of. Maybe a take on society, but its not poignant enough to make any kind of statement.
I’m quite disappointed by this. I’ve stuck by this band through the bottling at Reading, the several-years-long absence from the UK, even finding out about the slightly bizarre fashion choices of their youth. This though, will be one piece of music that I don’t think I’ll be buying.
Last night I went to see Finnish rockers The Rasmus at the Electric Theatre in Camden. I saw the band in their hometown, Helsinki earlier this year while I was travelling round Finland, so was pretty excited to see them back in the UK.
The show started off pretty slowly. There were more than a few problems with the soundsystem, frontman Lauri Ylonen’s vocals disappearing from time to time, and the song choices seem to miss out many of the band’s most well known (or current) material. However, about halfway into the show, ‘Living in a World Without You’ finally wakes up the crowd and the room echoes with voices singing back.
‘In The Shadows’ typically goes down well, as does the band’s new single ‘Mysteria’. “They’re playing all my favourite songs”, gushes the girl beside me, dancing away happily. I’m not so convinced.
It’s hard to compare with their previous performance, a hometown show will always be infinitely better than a night abroad, nearing the end of a five week tour. Its fairly likely that tiredness and a restrictive stage contributed to the slow start, but the crowd still seem happy. (On my way out, I note that the band’s tour DVD has already sold out. Always a good sign).