Tomahawk live at Circus, Helsinki

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I went to see Tomahawk play live at Circus, Helsinki last night. I’m a big fan of charismatic versatile vocalists like Devin Townsend or Mike Patton. And while Tomahawk isn’t really my favorite of Patton’s bands I was happy to hear them arriving to Helsinki.

I had seen Patton performing live four times before this. Three times on the Faith No More reunion tour and one time with Mondo Cane. Tomahawk definitely falls to the FNM end of the spectrum performance-wise. The only major difference – if not the smaller stage – was Patton having his own little vocal and synth station with him. The one he uses with Fantômas. Now that’s one of Patton’s bands I would love to see live.

Anyway. As a musician it was cool to see how Patton handled all the effects and stuff while singing but as just a person who enjoys a good show I would’ve loved to see Patton more away from his desk and getting all frantic. And if you’ve seen him live you know how frantic he can get.

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So Patton was great. The songs worked great live. And the band – even if they were a bit held back – was good. My personal favorite was the drummer who had his cymbals way up high. Like super high. Some say Otto has his cymbals high but this guy made Otto’s set look like a Micky Mouse kid’s set. I think we’re going to have to crack it up a notch in that department!

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The biggest surprise still wasn’t the drummer but the opening act. There was supposed to be a real band opening for Tomahawk but they had to cancel. So instead we got this. Three sound tech’s having an awkward improv jam with two MacBooks and drums. And a guy jumping around in a dick suit! Now if that’s not eccentric I don’t know what is. Music-wise they were really bad. Like really, really bad. But the entertainment factor was definitely pretty high.

Have any of you seen Tomahawk or any other cool bands live recently?

 

Briefly in Finnish:

Kävin eilen kattomassa Tomahawkia Circuksessa. Patton oli kyllä yhtä hyvä kuin aina, vaikka oisin välillä toivonukin, että ois viettäny enemmän aikaa poissa siitä pömpeliltään. Mies on nimittäin aika karismaattinen esiintyjä, joten näkis mielellään täydessä rähinässä.

Mutta musa toimi hyvin ja bändi veti hyvin. Mun lemppari oli rumpali, jolla oli pellit katonrajassa. Siis oikeesti ihan jäätävän korkeella. Pitää sanoo Otolle, että sen tarvii nyt vähän nokittaa tossa asiassa.

Suurin yllätys ei kuitenkaan ollu ite pääakti vaan lämppäri. Eli kolme äänimiestä, jotka oli tullu tuuraamaan perunutta lämppäriä. Kaks MacBookkia, rummut ja yks äijä jättimäisessä penispuvussa. Musiikillisesti ihan hirveetä mutta viihdearvo sitäkin korkeemmalla.

Mitä keikkoja ootte käyny kattomassa viimeksi?

 

About Tom

Vocals and guitars in MadCraft. Also record, mix and produce music. Make videos. Take photos. Design websites. Chill on social media. Love video games.

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