Intro / Sodan Uhrit (Victims Of War) / Palavat Poliisit (Burning Police (Wo)Man) / Lopullinen Pommi (The Final Bomb) / Bosnia Itkee (Bosnia Is Crying) / Iloa Tuskasta (Pleasure From Pain) / Vapauden Linnut (Birds Of Freedom) / Pommit Paukkuu (Bombs Go Boom) / Ihminen On Tuhoaja (Man Is The Destroyer) / Kaikki Me Kuolemme (We Will All Die) / Vihan Siemen (Seeds Of Hate) / Kuolema Natseille (Death To Nazis) / Itsekkyyden Uhrit (Victims Of Selfishness) / Raiskaus (Rape)
‘Tuomiopäivän Lapset’ (‘doomsday children’; from Tornio, Finland) sent me this tape because they wanted help to get gigs when they toured in 1998. I got them a date at the Boma Squat in Ghent (98-06-07). Before they had already been playing at the Vort’n Vis (96-07-07). Their singer Sanna Ylimäinen wasn’t on the first tour. The others were Mikko Hietanen (guitar), Kake/Kari (bass) and Ari ‘Altse’ Alatalo (drums, previously in ‘Sorto’). Their music was fast and pissed scandi-thrash: “dis-core with angry shouting vocals singing in Finish, D-beat feeling and bashing drums”.
The tracks on this demo/promo were recorded in May ’96 with the intention to be used for an LP on the Austrian label Fallen recs but that didn’t work out. They eventually ended up on the Painukaa Vittuun double-7″ (released in 1998 by the Finnish label Fight recs).
They did a whole bunch of 7”s, one of which was a split with ‘Disrupt’ on Ecocentric recs. Right after this tour they recorded the EP Saatanan Murhaajat (on the Austrian label Fallen recs) with Weke as vocalist.
Read also this interview Tuomiopäivän Lapset (in Mangelslakt #1)
Positivity / Passersby / Muuttolinnut [Migratory birds, ‘Treblinka’ cover] / Master / Fed Up / Popularized Fascism / Living By Wars / No Fucking War / So Clear: Anti-Nuclear! / Big Hands – Hit Fascist Harder / Fools And Fanatics – Natseja Vastaan [Against Nazis] / Liberation / Harmless Business?
These are basically (a rehearsal of) the songs that were on the Positively Fed Up! CD released by Jukka Junttila (on his label Hiljaiset Levyt) in 1996. My mate ‘Peku’ Petteri Mikkilä sent me the tape because I helped/was always trying to help them with gigs. ‘Juggling Jugulars’ were/are my favourite Finnish hardcore band, since I got to know them in the early 90s and helped them out with their first concerts in our neighbourhood (e.g. @ the Pits in Kortrijk 91-06-23). Early on playing rather timid/intimate melodic hardcore and gradually turning into a confident/more brutal political/DIY HC outfit. The recordings here were with ‘Peku’ (guitar/vocals; ex ‘Sabotaasi’), ‘Jantsa’ Jani Kärkkäinen (bass/vocals;ex ‘Treblinka’, also editor of Toinen Vaihtoehto zine, R.I.P.), Tero Luoma (guitar) and Marko Nurmi (drums).
Arja Rantanen (ex ‘Snotface’) joined as lead vocalist in 2000 and after ‘Jantsa’ got disabled by an intracranial hemorrhage in 2006 (he passed away in 2008), they got another bassplayer (Jaani Mantere). The band (Tampere/Seinäjoki/Vaasa region) still exists today and continues to make/release great/inspiring music and tour.
I did an interview for Tilt! #9 with guitarist/vocalist ‘Peku’ & bassist/vocalist ‘Jantsa’ (1996-97). Check their releases on jugglingjugulars.bandcamp.
Some of my reviews go as follows: >>Both their debut and their 2nd 7″ (Gun In My Heart) contain melodic HCpunk with some catchy tunes and sensitive vocals/chorusses. Exuberance and reservedness mixed in equal shares. Personal lyrics about the questions in life.<< (Tilt! #6); (about the 7″ My Dream) >>These lads have a special place in my heart; not in the least ’cause they play very touching melodic HC with extra-ordinary chorusses. This is their most political relase so far. Lyrics deal with unified Europe, democracy?,… Excellent!<< (Tilt! #7); (about the CD …For Humanity) >>That Suomi is more than just crustpunk-heaven is proven by this bunch. They’ve developed the melodic open sound of their 7″s into something a bit tighter/faster and it sounds even more fantastic. Their trademark: powerful melody-lines and enchanting chorusses, are also still overtly present. Great musicianship and a wide range of vocal emotions. Some of the lyrics could’ve sprouted from my own brain. A band that means a lot to me…<< (Tilt! #8); (on Positively Fed Up!, & New Toys) >>One of my favourite bands for quite some years now… They keep elabortaing their music. The etheric sound of their first releases has disappeared. There’s a definite crusty influence but they have mixed it with a firm dash of melody into their own brand of fast, tuneful crustcore that they keep spicing with reggae-licks and chugga-chugga breaks. […] Once again a blast! And again they do things a bit differently: still fast, rough-edged and melodic but you’ll hear the difference. Somewhere in the back of my head comparisons with ‘Seein’Red’ & ‘So Much Hate’ pop up. […] Brilliant stuff!<< (Tilt! #9)
91-06-23 Brob – ‘Juggling Jugulars’ (with original vocalist Timmo & drummer Timppa) – Piet ‘Pits’
98-05-11 ‘Juggling Jugulars’ (Jantsa & Peku) @ Clockwork, Leuven
(Listen: side A & side B)
Track-list A: 1. Lokki (Seagull) / 2. Jotenkin Keisari (Somehow Emperor) / 3. Joskus… (Sometimes…) / 4. Klovnin Sydän (Clown’s Heart)
Track-list B: 1. Nälkä (Hunger) / 2. Ase Ei Ole Ase (A Weapon Is Not A Weapon) / 3. Ensi Rakkaus (First Love) / 4. Kääritty Muoviin (Wrapped In Plastic)
Prior to touring outside of their own country for the 1st time, ‘Turun Tauti’s Jace sent me a tape with the tracks of their mini-album (self-titled but referred to by the title of the first track). They ended up playing for our Smurfpunx collective 90-09-02. The line-up on these recordings was: Jari ‘Jarza’ Heimola (vocals), Arto ‘Luigi’ Toikkanen (guitar), Janne ‘Jace’ Ollikainen (bass) and Tom(i) ‘Tomppa’ Arpiainen (drums). They came from (former capital) Turku and definitely didn’t play the ‘typical Dis-style’ that Fin-punx are mostly known for but melodic (still energetic) stuff… From the review in Tilt! #6: >>Powerful uptempo HC with varied structures, original riffs and quite some melody. Thoughtful Finnish lyrics.<<
Some explanation in English about the Finnish lyrics: