Architecture In Helsinki at the Troubadour 11/07/07
Architecture In Helsinki harness a preternatural exuberance that no other band carries. Perhaps it's due, in large part, to the fact that they're headquartered in the land down under. I'd like to think so. Whichever the case may be, their band bio sums their presence up best: "Like a giant Voltron robot uniting at the sunset."
I arrived at the Troubadour on Wednesday just in time for Nike "Dunk"-laden AIH to take stage. They were unbelievably adorable from the start and their effervescent jams hadn't even begun to dance their way into our ears (and hearts). AIH proceeded to hammer their way through a set comprised of half old (In Case We Die), half new (Places Like This) material. The packed house was filled with fans, but it was the same old equation: die-hards dancers in the front dressed in colored hipster shawls, cross-armed enthusiasts behind them, and so on and so forth.