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      ” 22-Pistepirkko operates with the skewed perspective that´s only gained at a vast distance from the beating heart of rock. What they play is a pop of a kind with no allegiance to any particular era, but of vaguely maverick bent.” (Stuart Maconie, Q MAGAZINE, UK) 22-Pistepirkko consists of b... read more
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      ” 22-Pistepirkko operates with the skewed perspective that´s only gained at a vast distance from the beating heart of rock. What they play is a pop of a kind with no allegiance to any particular era, but of vaguely maverick bent.”
      (Stuart Maconie, Q MAGAZINE, UK)

      22-Pistepirkko consists of brothers Asko and PK Keränen and childhood friend Espe Haverinen. The band has been around for almost 25 years In 2005 they have released their 10th album “Drops & Kicks”, followed by the release of a documentary DVD “Sleep Good Rock Well” and an album of their side project The Others aka 22pp, entitled “Monochromeset” (all on their own label Bone Voyage).
      22-Pistepirkko’s music is wild, touching, catchy and usually experimental drawing from a lot of very different genres. Blues, punk, rock, electro, country and pure pop all come together in the musical world of 22-Pistepirkko. This mix has earned them a dedicated fan base across Northern Europe.

      For an upcoming release and probably their first in North America the band is going to work with American producer: KRAMER (Shimmydisc, Bongwater, Ween, Urge Overkill, a.m.o.) Recently they came also to the attention of a younger US audience, they haven’t thought of before: Snowboarding College Kids. They started digging their song "(Just a) Little Bit More" (from Rumble City Lala Land), which is the starting song in a snow board DVD, entitled: Follow Me Around (via Mack Dawg).

      - Press quotes :

      ” Everything 22-Pistepirkko touch turns stangely familiar. It´s like a lot...but there´s nothing like it.”
      (Taylor Parkes, MELODY MAKER, UK)

      "Bluesy and atmospheric (...) grabbing influences from sources ranging from John Lee Hooker to the Velvet Underground to Beck, the group emerges with a sound that's all their own, perhaps best described as electronic roots music."
      (AMG, review Eleven)

      “This trio are renegades. They´re from Finland and they always dazzle and confuse in equal measure. They love the blues, they love pop music. They mine 60s psychedelia but they make their own waves. Call them neo primitive, they use things like Farfisa organs to wonderful effect and it isn´t retro, that´s the amazing thing about them. And they sing in beautifully crafted English for Heavens sakes! The kind of band that become a cult when they´re gone. It would be a shame if that was their fate. Investigate.”
      (ZOOT,UK on Rumble City, La La Land)

      “The Music cribs from Amer-Engish techniques but 22-Pistepirkko jumbles those techniques up, rearranges them, reconfigures them and emerges with collages that sound like nothing you’ve heard before, from nowhere you’ve been” (LA WEEKLY, US)


      - and more press quotes : 22-Pistepirkko - nice trials to describe it…
      …About the band name:
      “Double-two double-p” (in some article unknown)

      “The name apparently means ladybird with 22 spot” (Taylor Parkes)

      “Betes A Bon Dieu - Beatles ou Spiders From Mars, les noms L’insectes ont toujours été bénéfiques aux groupes du rock. En sera t’il ainsi avec 22-Pistepirkko,(…) ” (Liberation, FR)

      “a translation of their name would involve being 22, drunk and, yes, perky – you work it out”
      (Oxford Times)

      “23 Pistopirkko” (tour announcement in germany)

      “22 Pistol perko” (radio DJ)

      “We choose 22-Pistepirkko”, says Asko of the band’s name, which literally translates as “yellow ladybird”, “because it was the most weird, and it had nothing to do with music, and it looked nice, and it has a number. It’s just one of thousands of insects, but then the band is just one of thousands, too” (in an interview for Melody Maker)

      …About their english:
      “They delight in the English-as–a second-language lyrics that collide words as recklessly as Dylan at his drug-fuelled mid-60s peak” (Sunday Times, from Eleven review)

      “22-Pistepirkko sing in English. But that does not, in this case, mean you’ll understand what they are saying, nor does it mean you’re supposed to. You may not be able to make much sense of that line, but you’lll be singing it anyway, because the chorus of the song erupts in a flood of organ and guitar and gloriously melodic voice, and it carries you off.” (LA Weekly on Rumble City)

      “Most of their lyrics make themm sound like Martians, who have learned English fromCarl Perkins 78s. I’m told they don’t buy records less than 20 years old. I believe it. I’m glad of it. Not that this means they lack contemporary appeal, of course” (Mark Luffmann, UK)

      …Uhm…this is like….(Comparisons, References)
      “Remember how the Violent Femmes sounded at first, how they sounded outside society and yet made absurd sense of American ethnic and pop educations and sensations? Now imagine the true pop psychosis of 13th Floor Elevators/Seeds, filtered through glam-rock, bubblegum (Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company, seriously) and two-in-the-morning R&B barroom friction, with luminescent slide guitar/organ duels and link Wray rockabilly twang’n’ambience, driven to the edge of excess. PHEW!”

      “this is like a finish Banana Splits performing at the sort of dangerously high attitude that makes plants crumble and alters the properties of light. (Melody Maker, Single Of The Week: “Just A Little Bit More”)

      “This is so decidedly odd and quirky that it just refuses to be ignored. There’s an unpredictible quality and a trancey feel to this bunch of Finns that makes us think of Eels mating with Trio Bulgarkas, and the vocal is sufficiently androgynous to recall Placebo. (The Tipsheet, UK on “Onion Soup”)

      ”22-Pistepirkko are like The Clinic in a prescription-only fog, The Kinks in keyboard overload, Primal Scream woozy on moonshine and maracas, a lo-fi Pet Shop Boys whose disco ball has escaped earth orbit, and T. Rex savant Marc Bolan, who 22-P vocalist PK is often compared to. 22-Pistepirkko are slightly weird, slightly childish, slightly psychedelic, slightly awkward, slightly rockin', but mostly epic, genius, and supremely Finnish.” (Parasol, US)

      “It’s like listening to 15 minutes of John Peel condensed into 3 minutes of song, eleven times. Brilliant” (Robots&Electronic Brains, UK)

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