Mind Of Doll acoustic / album pre-listening

Mind Of Doll had been absent from the scene for a while, sadly, because they are one of those Finnish bands who always deliver great gigs and would definitely deserve a bit more attention… Therefore a rare acoustic set should not be missed (only the second they ever played, so I heard). Now their second album is on the way, and this evening offered the chance for a sneak preview. And last but not least, those guys from Vantaa are totally nice people and great to hang out with – which means, more than one reason to visit Bäkkäri on Saturday, even at an unusually early hour… When I arrived, the soundcheck had not quite finished yet, but luckily there was still time before the show to chat a bit about the band´s hiatus and the new album.

With a little delay – as also the audience dropped in a bit later, many of them obviously just because of the band, many were bar regulars though – Mind Of Doll started their set, in quite a good mood, and with the new songs “Bad Shivers” and “Indians”, which left a good impression and suggested, that the general musical direction “dirty Rock´n´Roll” with a touch of Sleaze-Glam has not changed much. Singer Visa can always surprise me, because you´d never expect such a rough strong voice from somebody looking so young and gentle …

Well, I can understand why they chose to “play safe” with the following cover versions (“Rain” by The Cult, “Wide Awake” by Fishfaces and Rolling Stones´ “Wild Horses”).
But it was their own songs from the previous album “Low Life Heroes” that got the audience singing along – first “Ms. Pretty” and then the other hit song “Marks On My Face” – I bet everybody was disappointed they could not play longer – first, there was still the CD pre-listening to come and then more bands playing live upstairs… so please, play more acoustic shows (and more of your own songs!)

The pre-listening revealed, that the new album “Shame on your Shadow” (to be released February 8, review coming soon) will continue the band´s style that I already tried to describe as “dirty Rock´n´Roll”, yet they added much more “Metal” to it, a friend even pointed out some “Iron Maiden moments”. Well, you´ll soon be able to read more about the guys and the new album at STALKER…


Klaudia Weber

reckless and merciless dictator, so KNEEL! In other words, editor-in-chief, translator, website and ad admin, "Jane of all trades" - - - addicted to books (everything between Lord Of The Rings & quantum physics) and music, mainly Metal made in Finland. Furthermore, there's painting, drawing, movies, theater... so you can expect some variety on this website too. MA Master of Arts, English and American studies & Media communication = completed two full studies parallel within 5 years; very proud of my achievement - a bit later in life thanks to a scholarship - as a working class girl in a highlyconservative-romancatholic nation...