Their music ranges from hard rock and drone- metal to psychedelic-trance. One of Finlands best loves bands makes a welcome appearance on a Berlin stage this month. With a tendancy for 20 min plus extended jam tracks, Circle are a band of whom one can truly say they sound like no other.
[audio:Circle – Tyolaisten Laulu.mp3]With support on the night from [project]transmit this is sure to be a great evening presented by Am Start and Planet Rock.
Formed in 1991 in Pori, a town on the western coast of Finland, Circle (along with its many satellites, side-projects, colleagues, neighbors and even parents) has long been one of the most prolific and internationally visible bands in the Finnish underground.
After a flurry of releases on 7″ singles and a series of anarchic live shows, Circle released its first full-length album, Meronia, on the legendary Oulu-based label Bad Vugum in 1994. This album set the template for the immediate future. The droning and hypnotic influence of newer acts like Loop, Jesus & mary Chain or Spacemen3, as well as the classic folk and hard rock of the 1970s, was clear Circle augmented its drone with more austere essences boiled down from hours and hours of exposure to 70s and 80s hard rock.
Circle | On the Bus in San Francisco
After a long and happy search for musical meaning spanning over 15 years, Circle has managed to make grownup metal in the most inclusive and positive sense of the word by taking the stodgy riffage of 1980s and shooting through a prism of various psychedelic and experimental influences.
The temptation to pronounce the journey over and proclaim this space in time an apex is strong and it’s been a long time coming, but odds are this is just another episode. Tune in next time.
Tuesday 21st September 2010 | 20:00
Bang Bang Club | Neue Promenade 10 | 10178 Berlin/Mitte