BLUES WITH A ROUGH EDGE
Helander Co. is a Helsinki-based band, whose music mixes the Afro-American legacy with a wide array of blues-related musical influences. With original songwriting and versatile musicianship Helander Co. today displays a unique and inimitable style.
The third album of Helander Co., Fodder, consisting exclusively of original song material was released in February 2001, has gained extremely positive reviews and enthusiastic responses in Finland and elsewhere in Europe. Fodder won the award for the best domestic blues record of 2001 in the audience poll of the national radio channel Radiomafia. The bands earlier records Big Cold Beer (1995) contained mostly versions of basic blues, whereas the second one, Smooth and Rough, largely presented original compositions and exhibited a wider selection of musical influences. Smooth and Rough won the award for the best domestic blues record of 1998 in the audience poll of the national radio channel, Radiomafia. Furthermore, together with top international blues artists, Helander Co appeared on the Bluespower CD of 2000, which is a compilation of the best live performances from the Radiomafia "Roots Evening" program over a period of ten years.
The bands key figure is guitarist and vocalist Dr. Helander, whose virtuoso guitar playing compares with the highest world class and whose voice expresses a more than three-decade devotion to the blues. Second guitar is played by Jonni Seppälä, another highly acclaimed master of the blues guitar. These two axmen create a tough sound often exhilarated by rivaling twin-guitar duels. The foundation is laid by drummer Juha Litmanen and bassist Petri Loikala.
Helander Co. is famous for its amazing live performances, irrespective of playing on a smoky club stage or on a big concert venue. The critics referring to the best blues in Europe after seeing Helander Co. on stage could just be right!
More information and bookings:
Tel. +358 400 87 83 80
Capitus Ltd. Rootman Music