Swaying Wires is:
Tina Kärkinen (Vocals, guitar)
Sami Lehtonen (Guitar)
Nicklas Hägen (Bass)
Jussi Virkkumaa (Drums)
“I remember exactly the first time I heard Swaying Wires. It was early February 2013, I was tuned into a podcast of an Australian radio show called ‘Sideways Through Sound’, mainly because a song by my own band was pinned on the impressively psychedelic playlist. I listened to the end of my song, hopeful of a few superlatives from the DJ ( all musicians need a little ego boost now and then ) to send me on my way.
That was that, or so I thought. As I enjoyed the small and very temporary buzz from whatever kind words the DJ had chosen for me, another song was starting, a hesitantly plucked acoustic gutiar, a sudden flood of distortion and then…..that voice.
The song I heard that morning was ‘Blinding Nights’. I listened to it over and over, I emailed the band to tell them how much I loved it, I told all of my friends about this amazing new band from Finland, I scoured the internet looking for more songs, I couldn’t get enough, I was offically a fan.
It turns out that I wasn’t the only one who was bowled over that day as the band quickly signed with Brighton based Indie label ‘Battle Worldwide’ in 2013 and released their debut album ‘Some Blue Sky’ later that same year.
But, as much as I could wax lyrical for hours about ‘Some Blue Sky’, I’m not here to talk about the past, I’m here to talk about how Tina Karkinen ( Vocals, acoustic guitar ) Sami Lehtonen ( Electric gutiar/production ) Nicklas Hagen ( Bass ) and Jussi Virkkumaa ( Drums ) are back with a rolling brontide of a second album, ‘I Left a House Burning’.
To me this feels like the first proper Swaying Wires album, they are a gang now, there is a confidence about them, not arrogance but just enough savvy to know what they want and how to deliver it.
It is not just in Tina’s songwriting, which keeps getting stronger with every strum of her guitar but also in Sami’s production; it’s subtle, effective and part of the band, another instrument.
There is nothing fake or contrived about ‘I Left a House Burning’, what you hear is what you get and I for one will be listening over and over again exactly as I did 2 years ago, the first time I heard my dear friends from Finland.”