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.