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Architecture in Helsinki Biography

Architecture in Helsinki is: Cameron Bird, James Cecil, Gus Franklin, Jamie Mildren, Sam Perry, and Kellie Sutherland. Who randomly play - Bass, Drums, Congas, Percussion, Synthesizers, Trombone, Guitars and Samples. We rejoin our heroes, six piece outfit of musical chameleons Architecture in Helsinki, formed in Melbourne but now scattered across the globe, as they hit the ground running with their third album, Places Like This. It could not be more removed from their previous album, In Case We Die (2005). Fizzing with electrical currents, channeling calypso rhythms and tropicalia flavors with lashings of percussion a-go-go, the new songs pack a kaleidoscopic punch that is little short of breathtaking. Pop effervescence hasn't sounded this fresh in ages.

As the now-New York based songwriter/vocalist Cameron Bird explains, "We've always strived to go somewhere we haven't gone before, not to be complacent with where we've been. This time, the energy, the sounds, and the way it was conceived it's taking what we had before and turning it up louder. The colors are brighter, everything is more flamboyant. In Case We Die was all self-engineered, and James Cecil and I produced it over five months, we spent every single day on it in this room with no windows, a glorified garage. So the experience was very insular and intense, a cabin fever affair," Bird notes. "So, this time around we really wanted to make the whole experience super Intense AND fun."

In Case We Die saw the band become a truly international affair with a hugely successful independent agenda - the band toured heavily from North America to Iceland, Europe to Mexico, with the likes of David Byrne popping backstage at the NYC shows to pay his respects, spending most of 2005 and a good portion of 2006 on the road. AIH were attracting the attention of highly influential media from Pitchfork to Uncut, growing a loyal fan base with high profile international support tours alongside the likes of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and much talked about spots at festivals from Sasquatch in NW USA to the Danube Festival in Austria and Homebake in Australia.


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