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Living that life on the dark side.note 

Blind Channel is a rock band based in Oulu, Finland.

Consisting of vocalists Joel Hokka and Niko Moilanen, guitarist Joonas Porko, bassist Olli Matela, drummer Tommi Lalli, and Aleksi Kaunisvesi on samples/percussion, the band was founded in 2013 and achieved international success as the Finnish entry for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest with their song "Dark Side", winning fourth place in the public vote and sixth place overall, Finland's second best result since Lordi in 2006.

Self-described as "violent pop", their genre ranges from alternative rock and post-hardcore to Nu Metal, containing electronic and rap elements along with the usual instruments and melodies of rock. They are also known for their frequently dark lyrics and doing rock covers of famous pop songs.

Oh, and they've also been dubbed "the Finnish Spinal Tap" for their ongoing series of tour mishaps, usually involving losing an instrument, a bandmate, or themselves.



  • Revolutions (2016)
  • Blood Brothers (2018)
  • Violent Pop (2020)

Blind Channel provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Album Title Drop: In "Over My Dead Body":
    The violent pop underdogs are back on track
  • Ascended Extra: Aleksi started out working with the band behind the scenes as a producer and co-songwriter (you can also find him as a feature guest on "Timebomb", credited as Alex Mattson), but the collaboration worked so well that he ended up joining the band as a full-time member.
  • Badass Boast: The entirety of "Balboa" is one big declaration to never back down and a warning to those who underestimate underdogs.
  • Bowdlerise: They were banned from Flipping the Bird during the Eurovision performance of "Dark Side" (with lyrics that begin with the words, "Put your middle fingers up"). Which leads to…
    • Loophole Abuse: …painting their middle fingers red instead to call attention to them without the gesture.
  • Break-Up Song: "Died Enough For You" and "Love Of Mine". Both also heavily overlap with "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Joonas' "Mennä eteenpäin!"note 
    • Aleksi has "Yes, sir."
  • Cover Version: They have done covers of "Don't", "Can't Hold Us", and "Left Outside Alone", to name a few.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Implied in "Dark Side":
    Don't wanna cry, so I gotta get paralyzed
  • Faux Yay: Niko and Joonas kissing is a fairly common occurrence during shows (and sometimes outside of shows too). Both their orientations are admittedly unknown, although both have had girlfriends before.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • The Leader: Niko (the frontman, lyricist and lead vocalist, sometimes referred to as CEO of the band)
    • The Lancer: Joel (the second frontman and vocalist)
    • The Big Guy: Tommi (the physically largest in the band, calm and reliable)
    • The Smart Guy: Olli (the one who keeps track of all the technical stuff in the band, although he has his moments of Not So Above It All)
    • The Heart: Joonas (friends with everyone, described by Niko as "the glue that holds this sh*t together")
    • The Sixth Ranger: Aleksi (the newest member of the band, officially joining in 2020)
  • Flipping the Bird: In "Dark Side". "Put your middle fingers up!"
  • Guyliner: Heavy black eyeliner is a key part of the stage makeup.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: This is how Niko describes Joel and Joonas' relationship, verbatim. They're constantly squabbling, but they're also very in sync.
  • No Sense of Direction: The band as a whole, apparently, as they have managed to get lost on tour multiple times. Joonas deserves special mention, according to his bandmates, who suggested attaching a GoPro to him in an interview just to see where he wanders off to (sometimes for days on end).
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: "Died Enough For You" is about finally stepping out of a toxic All Take and No Give relationship.
    'Cause this is where I'm giving up
    I'm getting out, I'm signing off
    I've died enough for you
  • Shout-Out:
    • The "Dark Side" line "Lifestyles of the sick and dangerous" is a "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" reference.
    • This bit in "Timebomb":
      I need a face tat 'cause I feel like that guy Malone
      I was on a tour popping pills and fucking hoes
    • "Balboa" is an obvious reference to Rocky Balboa. His three most iconic opponents also get namechecked in the song:
      Knockout! I'm sending suckers home like Drago
      I've got no bow, no arrow, but Apollo follows
      Gimme a Clubber for supper
      Making these fake clowns go breathless
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: It's easier to list the songs that aren't marked as explicit. The most notable exception is "Dark Side", simply because the lyrics had to be safe for TV.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Lyricist Niko is not a native English speaker, and neither is his co-vocalist Joel. You would barely know it from hearing the songs—most of them are chock-full of clever metaphors and wordplay.
  • Vocal Tag Team: The band has two lead vocalists, Joel (singing) and Niko (rapping and singing).

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