I saw every band who played the Finnish showcase on Friday in Tampere, but only failed to photograph one. Wouldn’t you know it, it was one of the best bands I saw while here AND the one everyone wanted to talk about the next day. Sure enough, I checked them out when I got back to the hotel and they sound as good in the studio as they do live — including this excellent Bruce Springsteen cover that they played at the show as well.
MP3: Joensuu 1685 – I’m On Fire (Springsteen cover short version)
I’d never think to put shoegaze and Springsteen together, but I can tell you that Joensuu 1685 are genius for doing so. Bruce’s lyrics eventually crawl forth from the slow burn layered down by these Finns in one of the best covers I’ve heard in quite some time.