The past ten years has witnessed Scandanavia's music scene make a global impact. Yet within Scandinavia, some areas are still obscured.
Sure, everyone knows about Sweden's penchant for synth pop or even Norway's ever buoyant punk scene, but how many people are aware of breaking talent in Finland? Exactly. Try as they might, Finnish groups can never quite squeeze past their illustrious neighbours.
New organisation Music Finland aims to help overcome these barriers, with a one off London show acting as a showcase for new talent. Taking place at Notting Hill Arts Club on November 22nd, Music Finland are producing a unique single to celebrate the occasion which will be given out to the first to arrive at the gig.
The single features two new groups from the northern nation, each matching frenzied riffs with breathless ambition.
French Films are a five piece, with a tattered, edgy sound reminiscent of The Strokes after one too many nights out. There's a directness here, a blunt energy which recalls the straight-talking of the Ramones or even more recent groups like Surfer Blood.
Big Wave Riders, meanwhile, hail from Helsinki and have a more chiming, melodic sound. There are shades of Captured Tracks here, elements of groups such as Beach Fossils mixed with a shy, awkward sensibility borrowed from Weezer.
ClashMusic have been given an exclusive first listen of the new single, check it out below.
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French Films x Big Wave Riders are set to play the Notting Hill Arts Club on November 22nd.