Red light usually signals something bad. This time it wasn’t a traffic light. It was Antti’s brand new family car and the indicator for engine overheating. Of course it had to be me behind the wheel. I pulled over to the roadside, switched off the engine and started to admire the steam geysir rising from under the hood. There was a hint of panic as some people thought that the car might explode. Luckily that didn’t happen and we all ended up standing on the road side trying to figure out how to get to Helsinki on time.
We had left Oulu for a mini tour: Oulu-Kuopio-helsinki-Oulu. Prior to the engine failure we had played a gig in the legendary Puikkari in Kuopio. Everything went smoothly and we were particularly happy about the brand new set of prop screens and T-shirts with the same very cool visual theme, that really put a nice finishing touch to the visual appearence of the band. The extra trouble of carrying them around Finland didn’t matter after realising how big of a difference they made.
The evening among the tradescent Savo scenery got even better as there was a special after party arranged for us by Elina’s parents. They own this lake side cottage that is just beautiful. They had heated up the sauna for us and even if it was 3am, it didn’t matter. We swam in the lake and tried to imitate the preview-guy with our cigarette-beer-wine-icecoldlake-worn down voices. Without much success might I add. This went on until we all experienced a sudden twist around our inner organs. The first subharmonized bass frequencies couldn’t even be heard. It was almost like we could have seen the green preview screen with the age limitations in front of us as our new drummer Heikki begun: ”One man, one desire… This summer, he will only have one option…” We laughed our arses off for ages. Hopefully he doesn’t get big headed now and change drumming into recording movie trailer voice overs.
When we eventually got to Helsinki, Liberte was filled with an amazing atmosphere once again. We felt like we played one of our best shows so far. Or maybe the best gig was the more spontaneous one held after the colsing time of Helsinki night life in Ruttopuisto. I’ll never know as I was on my way to my friends place at that time. I’ve heard that people stopped to listen and that it was truly good times.
Bottom line is that cars may break and it may cost a few hundred euros to move a few people around southern Finland with taxis and trains, but it’s the endless thrive to sing and play your heart out that truly takes this band from A to B. Hopefully that can be heard, clapped, danced and experienced also by the audience in the coming gigs!
”This summer… One band, one mission…”