Teksti-TV 666- 1, 2, 3

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Svart Records
Released: 2016
Buy Album [URL]:http://svartrecords.com/shoppe/cd/3813-teksti-tv-666-123-cd.html?search_query=666&results=4
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/tekstitv666/

Band line-up:teksti-tv-666-123-cd

Tero
Timo
Kartsa
Johannes
Jake
Teemu
Juho
Joonas

Tracklisting:

01 Ilmapallo
02 Piritorilta taivaaseen
03 Sä et tuu enää takaisin koskaan
04 Lisää spiidii
05 Tuhatvuotinen harharetki
06 Kosminen erämaa
07 Hautakivi
08 Kaheksan päivää viikossa
09 Neljä seinää ja puolikas sielu
10 Metsärosvo
11 Silmät kiinni ja kädet ristiin
12 Kuustoista vuotta sitten

Review

Teksti-TV 666 are a melancholic shoegaze rock band from the depths of Finland, who’ve up until recently been almost unknown outside of their home country. With this album, a compilation pressed onto wax of the band’s previous three E.P.s by Svart Records, they open up their hearts to a wider audience, having recently braved themselves on a nationwide tour with Kvelertak.

Listening to this band for the first time, you wouldn’t know that this record is a compilation. Admittedly, most of the songs sound rather similar, but there are still the rights twists and turns of mood to keep you interested through all twelve tracks.

With their hazy post-punk sound, it’s easy to draw comparisons to fellow Finish rockers Beastmilk. However, Teksti-TV 666 add a surf-rock style optimism and a steady battery of drums that makes numbers such as ‘Piritorilta taivaaseen’ perfect for dancing to with tears in your eyes.

This seven piece boasts a five guitarist strong line-up, but it’s hard to hear how all the axe man are being put to use to create this sparse soundscape. The lead work is minimal but passionate, full of urban grit, and the wall of noise created by the chords provides a colourful canvas on top of which occasional vocals raise chants or deliver echoed, baritone lines.

Although 80 minutes long, the band’s sound is diverse and fresh enough to hold your attention throughout. The raw production prevents the band’s songwriting talents from really shining through, and perhaps this seven piece need refine their craft before putting out a debut full length, but if you’re looking for potential, it’s written all over this record.

Review by Jarod Lawley
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