I’ve never been more happy to be out of my element than I was last night when attending a Finnish music industry awards gala. 90% of the speeches were only in Finnish, I didn’t know any of the winners and the menu for the evening looked like a word jumble. But in spite of being in a perfectly Gonzo environment (seriously wished Hunter was still alive and writing about that show), I had a ton of fun. It could have been the wine, it could have been the British journalist next to me making fun of everything or… it could have been Hevisaurus.
Hevisaurus (pronounced “heavy-saurus”) is a heavy metal group dressed as dinosaurs. As you might have guessed, they’re targeted at Scandinavian children. When they took the stage, I immediately left my seat and ran back to the coat check to get my camera bag. I mean really, how often do you see a Finnish heavy metal group dressed as dinosaurs? They were quite a sight, even if I can’t really speak to the quality of their music. I only caught half of their last song, which was apparently a “farewell to the last Mammoth.” These guys should soundtrack the next Ice Age movie.
After the show I talked to someone from Sony Finland who was working with (created?) the group. Apparently the idea is that there would be different musicians to play Hevisaurus all around the world. Since all you need is a group of good metal musicians who don’t mind dressing up as dinosaurs and calling each other by names like “Riffi Raffi” and “Muffi Puffi,” you could have quite a few Hevisauruses touring the world at the same time. Really, it’s genius in a mad sort of way. And if it ever catches on, I’ll be able to say that I saw the first incarnation of Hevisaurus playing their second live show ever. You know, in case the residents of the nursing home where I live are very easily impressed.
One last photo after the break