Two Witches live in Tampere
Larva, Two Witches
Redemption Club at The Dog’s Home,
13th May 2015
After my recent travels it was nice to go to a local alternative event for a change. Two Witches is a local Goth rock band and this was a free show to celebrate their keyboard player Zynthexia’s birthday. The venue was a pub called The Dog’s Home, which is located near the train station at the heart of the city centre. Tampere has a sizable Goth scene so the venue was full by the time the bands started.
First up was a Spanish terror EBM duo called Larva. I was not sure what to expect when I first saw them because the singer was draped in leather and covered in corpse-paint which is usually more befitting for a member of a black metal band than an industrial/EBM one. Yet after hearing the first notes of the synthesizers, it was pretty clear that this was going to be electronica. Not a guitar or drum kit in sight, just some harsh screams and cries (mostly in their native Spanish) and synthesizer beats to dance along to. I liked their eerie atmosphere and the creepy vocal samples in the songs. They reminded me a little of their Mexican brethren, the Aggrotech band Hocico. 5/5
I’ve seen this band live before at Lumous Gothic Festival last summer so I knew what to expect. They are one of the very few Goth bands that I actually like and they usually put on a good show. I guess that a large part of their appeal is down to the singer Jyrki Witch’s stage presence. Unlike some Goth rock frontmen, this guy actually looks like he’s having fun performing live. Since this show was in honor of their keyboard player’s birthday, they stopped at one point to sing to Zynthexia “Paljon Onnea!” (Happy Birthday in Finnish) and they encouraged the crowds to join in. They then continued to play a mixture of old and new tracks to the delight of the audience. 5/5
In summary, I had a great time. It proves just how close-knit the local Goth and industrial scenes are. Just as with Lumous Gothic Festival, this was a rare occasion for people who like these types of music to get together under one roof for a free concert. Hopefully there will be more of these events in the future.