Architecture in Helsinki at the Middle East Downstairs on June 7

A review of Architecture in Helsinki at the Middle East Downstairs on June 7, 2007

, Contributing Writer

The air was cool outside the Middle East this past Thursday evening, but inside, there was an energizing heat brewing through the downstairs room, courtesy of the much buzzed about indie rockers Architecture in Helsinki.

Before a sold out crowd of young adults and older fans, the Australian ensemble delighted the Boston faithful with playful and upbeat rhythms. The band is currently on tour to promote their new album, Places Like This, and they say the album “will see the light of day in late July or early August.” In addition to gracing the crowd with all-new songs from their third release, tracks from 2005’s In Case We Die left no foot untapped, as their infectious sound had the enthusiastic crowd jumping around where there was room.

Their generous use of bongos, drums, triangles, synthesizers, trombones, tubas, guitars, recorders, and many other instruments added a quality to their music that not many other bands can claim to possess. In addition to their creative instrument utilization, their style of music includes slow jams, rapid choruses, and lots of hand clapping all around.

Making their way onto the set list were old favorites such as “Wishbone,” “The Cemetary,” “Nevereverdid,” “Maybe You Can Owe Me,” and the very catchy “It’s 5.” The band ended the night fatalistically with a rousing rendition of their latest single, “Heart it Races.”

On stage and in-between songs, band members engaged the audience with reflections on their forthcoming album and praise for the Middle East crowd for providing a show that made them “want to play forever.”

Billed on the band’s website as a tour that will “be a thoroughly enjoyable evening of jazz ballet and power chords,” Architecture in Helsinki delivered on their promise for an ecstatic crowd that combined to craft a thoroughly enjoyable show.

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