Turmion Kätilöt

Lido, Berlin - 2011

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

There was still some shock residue in my body after what Turmion Kätilöt had put me through the day before when I saw them for the first time in Hamburg, but more than that I remembered how insanely fun they had been to watch, and I hoped, and was curious about whether or not they would have the same effect on me this day, here in Berlin.

To the bands luck, there were quite a few people in the hall already at the point they were to enter, and most of them looked as innocently ignorant as to what lay in store for them as I must have done the other day. There were two young girls though, all clad up in PVC and an extreme amount of make-up, which I would guess had some form of prior knowledge of the Finns, or to put it another way, I believe they were here with the main reason of seeing them! None of them looked as enthusiastic for Engel later on, and for Pain one of them didn’t even show up!
But back to the band. With the knowledge of what was to come, the shock effect was missing and with it a noticeable part of the overall effect of the band, but this didn’t take away from the incredible energy Turmion Kätilöt brought with them; they were obviously just as fired up today as the last time, if not more!
Again it was the two vocalists, MC Raaka Pee and Spellgoth, who stood for the primary entertainment with their dancing and provocative behaviour, but the rest of the band were still not far behind. There was a little less action in the performance today, but it would seem the stage wasn’t quite as big as the last time, a fact which can certainly put a damper on things even for the most experienced.
Given Pee’s affection for going down into the security pit, I was curious to see what he would do here at Lido, as there wasn’t one, and the crowd (well, a bit of it anyway) stood directly up to the stage. It turned he chose to skip the jumping down part, but it didn’t stop him from getting eye to eye (more or less) with the audience, as he often got down on his knees, and either gave us the use of the mic, or just an intense stare.

The funniest crowd interaction this day was without a doubt made by Spellgoth though.
At one point during the gig he set his eye on a proper young man in the crowd, and when he had fixed the eye-contact between them he squatted down with legs spread and began moving his pelvis provocatively. The guy didn’t even stop to say goodbye to his friend, he just turned around and left the hall!
Spellgoth was actually full of tricks and treats this evening; as the band took the stage I noticed an almost Tom Jones like bulge in his tights, which he soon enough revealed to be a banana which he had gaffer taped to his penis!
The warmth in the hall, and the constant swinging around of it (the banana, not the hall), made the contraption slip ever so slowly off, and just as it was only hanging on by a thin strip of tape, Spellgoth pulled the banana of and, thankfully, packed his goods away quickly. The banana was pealed however, and shared with Pee and the two plastic girls I mentioned above; pretty weird if you ask me, but very fitting for the band from what I’ve seen so far...

This show did not hit me in the same way as the Hamburg gig had I’m sad to say, mainly due to the fact that I now knew what to expect a little bit more, but also because the band-members seemed to take it just a notch easier today; but (and this is a very big but) the sheer energy and playfulness of Turmion Kätilöt still gave me a good start on the evening and another very positive concert memory to bring with me home.


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