Circle (Finland)


The stack of great releases that Circle amassed during their first ten years consolidated their elder statesmen-like status in the northern scene of alternative rock. Still, they must have remained a fascinating footnote in the history of Finnish rock, if Jussi Lehtisalo, the bassist and primus motor of the band, had not organized a staggering double-bill with krautrock legends Faust in April 2000 at Club Tavastia in Helsinki. The fame of this coming together of two reborn pioneers has since reached near-mythical proportions – some have even proclaimed it the first day of the new era of Finnish experimental rock. For once, Circle and zeitgeist happened to be speaking the same language; after their stray excursions into dubby art noodling, Circle more or less returned to the same kind of exalted and trascendental drone they had started with, but with up-dated gusto! The audiences and possibly even the media had matured during a decade of related phenomena: post-rock, stoner rock, neo-psychedelia, and Julian Cope’s Krautrocksampler were all helpful signposts for a confused listener.

The title of Circle’s tenth album ”Taantumus” (which roughly translates as ”Regression”) refers, among other things, to the fact that the band is still inspired by the same excellently stoopid revolutionaries that MC5, Motörhead, and Spacemen 3 were, i.e. transcendence can be reached through rugged rock minimalism – why would you need three chords, when the fascination of piledriving two, or even a single holy chord can last for decades? JP

Saturday 10.11.2001 - Gloria
21:00-03:00 - Live at Avanto-Club