Finnish duo Jaakko & Jay
release their debut album "War Is Noise
" on 24th May, through Xtra Mile Recordings. Head over to the band's MySpace page
now to listen to some of their material.
Embodying the spirit of punk with an acoustic, stripped-back folk approach, Jaakko & Jay
have earned a cult following in their home country as well as throughout Europe with a near constant touring schedule. Armed with just one mic, a beaten up acoustic guitar, and a single snare and ride drum set up, travelling in a hired motor-home, J&J
have taken their infectious, good-time folk punk to the masses and the masses are starting to take note.
Hailing from the region most famous for Santa Claus and reindeer, Jaakko & Jay
are more jolly than Father Christmas and more hearty than reindeer steaks. The music throws a high-latitude spin on classic punk themes like drinking, revolution, drinking, making music, drinking, acute social commentary, drinking, and drinking - acoustic songs that shed their simplicity in a live situation by taking the audience in, melting their frosty cynicism, and putting smiles on every last person down to the bouncer.
Gaining popularity around the UK and Europe supporting Frank Turner
, Mariachi El Bronx
, Gaslight Anthem
, Billy Talent
and Chuck Ragan
they were also discovered by Radio 1's Huw Stephens at this year's Eurosonic. With plenty of summer festivals and tour dates to be announced for later this year, including a slot at Brighton's premier showcase festival, The Great Escape - their popularity is set to rise even further.