Got this from Chris Dinsmore's amazing list...and this record is awesome. I played the first track and after one minute of listening I clicked on purchase. Big band, organ, metal guitar, Zappa and a whole lot of crazy. Kinda like Jersey Band...maybe even more overwhelming. I love it.
Jaan Wessman - electric bass (1, 3, 5, 6, 8)
Ville Rauhala - upright bass (4, 7)
Mika Tyyskä aka Mr. Fastfinger - guitar (1)
Antero Mentu - guitar (3, 5, 6, 8 right channel, 13), sitar (13)
Anssi Salminen - guitar (7, 8 left channel, 13)
Juha Savela - guitar (4)
Kalle Elkomaa - organ (1, 3, 5), electric piano (3)
Tuomas Marttila - marimba (4), vibraphone (3, 6), congas (3)
Harri Kuusijärvi - accordion (4, 7)
Tero Hyväluoma - fiddle (7)
Waltteri Torikka - vocals (2, 4)
Suvi Väyrynen - vocals (2)
Pharaoh Pirttikangas - vocals (8)
The Utopianisti Big Band (1, 3, 6, 8):
Tommi Kolunen, Olli "Trumpenator" Helin & Jussi Toivonen - trumpet
Antti Hirvonen, Petri Juutilainen & Ulla Ahonen - trombone
Aulis Pöyhönen - bass trombone
Kasper Haikonen & Masa Orpana - alto sax
Petri Nieminen & Maiju Virtanen - tenor sax
Markus Pajakkala - baritone sax
Recorded at Kangasala, Tampere, Pirkanmaan Musiikkiopisto, Tampereen Konservatorio, Helsinki Music House Studio and JJ Studio during autumn 2012 - autumn 2013.
Utopianisti meets Black Motor & Jon Ballantyne (tracks 9-12 + 13):
Sami Sippola - tenor saxophone
Ville Rauhala - upright bass
Simo Laihonen - drums
Jon Ballantyne - electric & grand piano
Markus Pajakkala - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, percussion
Recorded live at JJ Studio, Tampere August 2nd, 2012
Composed, written, conducted, engineered & produced by Markus Pajakkala.
Mr. Fastfinger recorded his parts himself in Porvoo.
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers
Cover art by Sanna Heikka
CD layout by Tero Koskela
supported by 26 fans who also own “Utopianisti II + Utopianisti meets Black Motor & Jon Ballantyne”
I was losing hope in finding new music that I would like. This was very pleasantly refreshing.
Richard Larcombe's guitar work is great, love the atmospheres, which are somewhat dark at least to my ears - in spite of the funny lyrics, which without a booklet I unfortunately cannot fully appreciate, not being a native speaker and not having the best English listening skills.
They instantly became one of my favorite bands. Gold. ale38