Video report + interview: DIRT plays new album in its entirety at Tavastia, Helsinki 13.07

Author John Wins - 18.7.2022

Finnish alternative rock band DIRT just released their first album “Deadbeat” last month, but on Wednesday, July 13th, they promoted the release with a special concert playing the new record its entirety with special guests at legendary Tavastia.

The Helsinkian band has an interesting sound, something between the energetic hard rock from the 80s and the heavy riffs of the golden years of grunge in the 90s.

Before the main act, Pretty brought an intense performance to the stage playing some songs from their upcoming debut, such as the single “Under the Weather”. The band is a supergroup with names from the local scene.

When DIRT started playing at 8:30pm, Tavastia had a good audience ready for the boys. All songs from the first full-length were played, with some guitar duet solos featuring charismatic guitars Kappe Koutonen and Sebastian Frigren. Drummer Alex Anttila and Benny Raivio with his bass are an important section to create the groove and even some growling vocals coming from Benny. Singer Aleksi Tiainen started shy, but during the concert he makes his voice dictate the rhythm and melodies of the band with passion and a strong timbre.

The gig had special guests playing harmonica, violin and cello, but the band was comfortable enough to play live again and show what they can do with a bunch of new songs. Definitely a band that we will hear more and more here and outside Finland.

Chaoszine had a little chat with Aleksi and Benny before the gig. The duo talked about their relief of finally releasing the record and plans for the rest of this year.

It feels really relieving and rewarding to finally get to put it out for people to listen to and for us to be able to actually start enjoying it as well, and to move on to bigger things from here on out.

We have a Finnish tour coming with Shiraz Lane and we’ll go all over Finland to some places we haven’t been ever.

We’ll definitely make new music after the tour and will see what happens in 2023.

Benny Raivio & Aleksi Tiainen (DIRT)

You can watch our video report about the show below: