Joensuu 1685

It's Joensuu beyond Joensuu

What little is left of The Boss's hair may have stood on end if he has had the chance to hear how Joensuu 1685 treats his mother of all ballads, I'm on Fire. Buried under guitar walls, echoed vocals and alienated passion, the old, familiar melody is still barely audible, dressed in brand new outfit a bit finer than a lumberjack shirt.

A band more suitable to perform at a Joensuu-based festival than Joensuu 1685 is difficult to imagine, even if the combo has little to do with our Eastern Shangri-La. This originally Western Finnish band, now relocated in Helsinki, consists of two brothers and one who is not related to either, but happens to have the same surname. This odd coincidence – previously only known to have taken place with certain misters Ramone – is celebrated in the band's name alongside with the year when an important historical figure related to the two brothers Joensuu was born. But why cling on to such trivialities, when we have Joensuu 1685's music to listen to! It's oriental-flavoured tripping, echoes in a wind tunnel, ear-tickling eccentricity and fuzzy guitars that set the imagination flying. In the middle of the festival, Joensuu 1685's performance is a floating trip somewhere beyond rationality.


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