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Music: Architecture In Helsinki
Architecture in Helsinki is an Australian alternative band led by Cameron Bird. Originally an eight-member group, they dropped to six and then five members over the course of their career. The members of the band (past and present) are:

  • Cameron Bird lead vocals, guitars, percussion
  • Gus Franklin trombone, horns, guitar, vocals, drums
  • Jamie Mildren instrumentation, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, flute, glockenspiel, melodica
  • Sam Perry slide guitar, vocals, bass guitar, drums, keyboards
  • Kellie Sutherland clarinet, melodica, horns, vocals, keyboards
  • James Cecil drums, backing vocals, guitars, keyboards (split in 2008)
  • Tara Shackell instrumentation, tuba, trombone, keyboards (split in 2006)
  • Isobel Knowles trumpet, horns, vocals (split in 2006)

They have released four albums:

  • Fingers Crosssed (2003)
  • In Case We Die (2005)
  • Places Like This (2007)
  • Moment Bends (2011)

The official website can be found here.

Architecture in Helsinki contains examples of:

  • Animal Mecha: A competitor named Robo-Pete pilots a giant mechanized whale in the music video for "Do the Whirlwind."
  • Animated Music Video: The videos for "Do the Whirlwind" and "Like a Call".
  • Badass Beard: Jamie Mildren has one.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: The video for "Do the Whirlwind" features video game-esque versions of each of the band's members.
  • Haunted House: The music video for "Wishbone" has a woman visiting a house where all the residents are zombies, vampires, or disembodied heads.
  • If I Can't Have You: From "Frenchy, I'm Faking":
    You let me down lightly,
  • Non-Indicative Name: Neither the band nor anyone in it is from Helsinki, and they're not really into architecture as such.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Apparently, the singer of "Frenchy, I'm Faking," who murders his girlfriend for breaking up with him.
  • Swallowed Whole: At the end of the video for "Do the Whirlwind," the entire band gets eaten by a robotic whale piloted by a competitor.
  • Talky Bookends: "Heart It Races" features an opening with a voiceover about a tribe's strange culture.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "That Beep" uses a lot of them. "Got me waiting for your dynamite," "Do they mistake us for an eight that's turning into a nine," "Can you give me that beep," etc.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: The ending of the music video for "It'5" has Bird visibly vomiting, ostensibly from running in circles for two minutes straight.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: A staple of their music. It's more notable when a song of theirs makes sense, lyrically.
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