Building on a big year

Warrnambool Standard 4th Dec. 2003 - ©Copyright Warrnambool Standard  2003 All rights reserved

GETTING to perform at their first-ever festival will be the icing on what has been a tasty cake of year for Architecture In Helsinki. The elaborate eight-piece Melbourne band, which boasts south-west horn section, will at this year's Meredith Music Festival from December 12 to 14. Former Yarpturk musician Tara Shackell said the band was excited about the prospect of joining the likes of Radio Birdman, The Sleepy Jackson, The Cat Empire, Augie March, Magic Dirt, Xavier Rudd and Tim Rogers And The Temperance Union the popular festival. Shackell said the festival would be the band's last gig a while before the group takes a well-earned break. We're hoping to go touring the end of February and maybe going overseas,” Shackell said. they do take their unique brand of pop abroad, their destinations will include Japan, where their debut album Fingers Crossed has already been released, Europe, the UK and the huge music industry convention South by Southwest in Texas, USA. “I hope it goes well — ours is the kind of music that's never going to appeal to a wide crowd, but since the first time we toured Australia by ourselves the crowds have been much bigger when we go back,” she said. Despite the hectic year and growing popularity, Shackell said everyone in the group still had their head in the right place, including Portland's Isoble Knowles and Port Fairy's Gus Franklin. “We've all got day jobs and the tours are a great change.” New tunes have been filling their sets of late, she said, and a second album could be recorded early next year if the group's studio was ready. 

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