Lauri Tähkä & Elonkerjuu


Lauri Tähkä & Elonkerjuu

A word of warning for the uninitiated: the irresistible folk rock of Lauri Tähkä & Elonkerjuu may leave some viewers slightly puzzled, unless they're familiar with the niceties of Finnish language and national stereotypes. This band's particular niche is to take some age-old clichés associated with their homestead, a particular area in Western Finland so far mostly known for its bloody history and its rural present, update the clichés somewhat, and make them look cool and snazzy in the process. That's the reason behind all the black lozenge shapes, all the references to pride, boasting, enviousness and hot-bloodedness in the lyrics, and arguably also one strong reason for the band's huge success.

It looks all very easy now, but the combo has served their fair share of ploughing through thick and thin: they were originally founded more than fifteen years ago, and their first real commercial success, the album Maailma on renki, was already the band's fifth release. Largely thanks to relentless gigging and the slow but steady effect of word-of-mouth, they are now where they always knew they belonged – on top.

Even Lauri Tähkä & Elonkerjuu's present position as one of the most popular acts in Finland hasn't made them forget their humble roots. Until recently, each of their releases included at least one modern version of an old Finnish folk song, and even at this moment you can post your most delicious folk saying to the group's homepage – the best, besides appearing on the site, will undoubtedly end up as lyrics on Lauri Tähkä & Elonkerjuu's next album.

Next summer's Ilosaarirock Festival gig is Lauri Tähkä & Elonkerjuu's first time on the Laulurinne ground. Whether the vocalist Lauri Tähkä himself will throw his shirt to the audience, we do not dare to guess yet, but at least the band's intensive performance won't let down neither the less initiated nor the old fans.

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