Finland’s Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät are currently in fifth place in the betting odds and the international press remain interested in their story. But so far the band, all of whom have special needs, haven’t attended any promo events outside of Finland. They have, however, given lots of concerts and interviews at home. In fact, in their most recent interview, they threw some major shade at the rest of the competition!
On Friday evening, lead singer Kari Aalto and bassist Sami Helle visited Puoli seitsemän, a talk-show produced by the Finnish broadcaster YLE. Sami confessed that he was a little tense ahead of Vienna, while Kari said that he’s feeling relaxed and positive. They also said that there would be no changes to the song or the performance for Eurovision, just “more smoke” on the stage.
During the interview, Sami also described his PKN bandmates. “I see Kari (the singer) 24 hours a day and I lose my nerves with him all the time. Toni (the drummer) is my best friend, but I can’t stand Pertti (the guitarist)”. Kari, however, said that Sami is a nice guy, but likes different things than he does. Total harmony, then!
The hosts kept the Eurovision questions coming and asked the band members if they had listened to any other songs from this year’s contest. Sami responded that they have listened to some songs while watching SVT’s panel show. “After us, I think all the songs were crap”. He said that all the songs were “typical schematic, old europop” and that he’s annoyed how the songs always repeat the typical Eurovision pattern.
What do you think about Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät’s comments about the other songs – are they putting the battle lines down before Vienna, or are they playing up to their “punk” image and rebelling? Let us know in the comments, or on our Twitter and Facebook pages!