What do you do, when you’re up for some crunchy and groovy rock ’n roll on a Friday evening? If you were lucky enough, you probably took part in ELECTRIC MONK’s final gig at Semifinal. This gig was dedicated to 15 years of rock ‘n’ roll ‘n’ blues ‘n’ jazz-influenced music and as a release party of their latest EP “So Long, and Thanks for All the Booze”. ELECTRIC MONK also paid tribute to their former member Ville Nissinen, who passed away 5 years ago.
The small venue of Semifinal was so packed up that some people were still in the queue when the band was already starting to play. It is always heart-warming to see support and loyalty for local bands, but with ELECTRIC MONK it felt even more special and dedicated. The conditions were just perfect to celebrate the band and their music.
ELECTRIC MONK certainly took the opportunity and gave the audience what it had come for. There weren’t any signs of slowing down or getting overly emotional even if it was their final gig. It was all about playing rock ’n roll and showing the attitude behind the band. Without any special tricks, ELECTRIC MONK delivered what was wanted and clearly enjoyed their time on stage.
As mentioned, this gig was also dedicated to paying tribute to their former member Ville. As their guitarist, Lauri announced: Instead of asking for a moment of silence, ELECTRIC MONK gave us a moment loudness. I couldn’t imagine a better way to do that than playing “Brother” in his memory. Well done ELECTRIC MONK, well done.
Nobody left Semifinal disappointed that night, both the band and the audience enjoyed the night. ELECTRIC MONK played closer to 20 songs without losing any of their energy and fed us with positivity. After 15 years and over 300 gigs they have deserved a little break, but be ready for them if they ever decide to come back.
Article and photos by Lassi Saarinen