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Cynara! live at 12 Grad, Berlin

Here is a video posted on Youtube by the lovely Sylvia Kasprzak from our April pop-up show at 12 Grad, Berlin’s prettiest Steampunk bar! We had such a lovely time there, and it shows.

Berlin was so good to us we cannot wait to return to play at Aphitheater im Monbijoupark, a lovely wooden venue in the heart of the city, on 19th August! Our upcoming concert there has rekindled my dangerous obsession with amphitheatres (I used to study classical Greek,you know), and it may not be long before you start seeing the results here and on our Facebook. Not telling yet!

Here’s our new concert poster though, which combines Juha’s Bonnie & Clyde portrait with Jere’s Art Nouveau design:

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Enjoy the sun, sweethearts, we intend to! Plenty of time for brooding in the winter, now’s the time for sea, sun and shandy.

– Laura

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July 12, 2013 · 3:12 pm

News Item N:o 2 – Live footage!

We played our 1920’s inspired News Item N:o 2 for the first time with the whole band at the Mascot Moth release party. Not bad, huh?

Notice the dancing flappers and the opportune moment the bartender has selected for shaking a Strawberry Gin cocktail! Oh, what a night it was. We’ll have to host these kinds of parties more often.

Time for some song trivia! The title of the song is an allusion to a two-line poem by Dorothy Parker:

News Item

Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.

– Dorothy Parker

– Laura

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Mascot Moth album release party!

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Last Tuesday we were celebrating the release of Mascot Moth in 1920’s speakeasy style in Ravintola Suola, Helsinki. What a wonderful evening filled with cocktails, charleston and chanson! The bartenders were mixing three of our custom cocktails for our speakeasy guests: Café de Abejas, Strawberry Gin and Stepping on Roses.

After our set the lovely ladies from Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dance Company showed us how to do the Charleston in style. Needless to say, we partied like we were in the silent movies! This was the first time we played live together with both Ilari and Saara, and it felt just wonderful – we’ll be posting some ex tempore live material soon. Here are a few pictures by the wonderful Saara Olkkonen. You can see more photos from the party here.

– Laura & Jere

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Recording diary, pt. 2

Yesterday was the first time we played together with Saara, a sensitive and skilled cellist and my childhood friend. The new instrument brought amazing depth and urgency to Strawberry Gin, and we are beside ourselves with joy as we listen to the practice recordings.

This is also the first time that we’ve made any sheet music of our songs, and it has been very interesting as neither of us is very skilled in music theory. It doesn’t help that our songs frequently change key and possibly also time signature somewhere in the middle, sometimes twice, but we’re doing our best.

Actually, the magnificence of Saara also creates some problems in the studio – she sounds so divine that sometimes I just start to listen and forget the melody I was going to sing! Hopefully time and practice will cure me.

Violoncello Notes

– Laura

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