MAAKUNTARADIO: Ehka Huomenna Kaikki on Toison: CD

Huh. Musically, they remind me a bit of Dan Webb & The Spiders—there’s the same fat guitar tone and snappy drum backbone. But the energy just isn’t there; Maakuntaradio sounds like a withdrawn, very subdued version of a ‘60s garage band. The first few songs are interesting if only because they’re sung in Finnish—but it gets pretty blasé pretty damn fast. They never turn shit up into the red or, hell, even the orange or mildly bright yellow. Muted garage pop songs in which the dude never sounds like he’s remotely pissed about anything or even that interested in his own lyrics. The packaging here was dark and promising, but the band, instead of coming out swinging and howling, stepped from their corner like a rice cake with a headache and a hula hoop.

 –keith (Airiston)