Circle (band)

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Circle
Circle band.jpg
Background information
Origin Pori, Finland
Genres Krautrock, experimental rock, avant-rock
Years active 1991-present
Labels Ektro Records
No Quarter
Bad Vugum
Website Band website
Members Jussi Lehtisalo
Mika Rättö
Janne Westerlund
Tomi Leppänen
Julius Jääskeläinen
Pekka Jääskeläinen
Tuomas Laurila
Past members Olli Joukio
Teemu Korpipää
Jyrki Laiho
Jani Viitanen
Teemu Elo
Janne Peltomäki
Janne Tuomi
Bruce Duff

Circle is an experimental rock band, founded in Pori, Finland in 1991.[1] Their eclectic style is "ever changing, ever Circular", classified into genres such as progressive, Krautrock, ambient, heavy metal, speed-kraut, and avant-rock, among others. On some albums they have defined themselves as New Wave of Finnish Heavy Metal (NWOFHM).[2]

Biography[edit]

Circle was formed in 1992 by bassist and singer Jussi Lehtisalo,[3] the only member who has been in the band the entire time. Their krautrock-style debut album Meronia was released in 1994, with lyrics in a made-up language. A trio of albums, Andexelt (1999), Prospekt (2000), and Taantumus (2001), brought them international attention. Since recording 2002's Sunrise, the core line-up has consisted of Lehtisalo with keyboard player and singer Mika Rättö, drummer Tomi Leppänen, and guitarist Janne Westerlund, playing more heavy metal-oriented music though continuously influenced by krautrock band Faust.[3] Since 2009, Julius Jääskeläinen and Pekka Jääskeläinen have appeared on all recordings by the band. Sound engineer and musician/composer Tuomas Laurila is also credited as a member of the band on a number of releases.

Circle member have participated in a great number of side projects and split-offs, including stoner rock spin-off Pharaoh Overlord.[3] Rättö and Lehtisalo play as a duo, Rättö ja Lehtisalo, and as a trio with Kauko Röyhkä. Other projects featuring members of Circle include Steel Mammoth, Ektroverde, Janne Westerlund's Plain Ride, Lusiferiinin Armosta, K-X-P, Aavikko, Lehtisalofamily, Split Cranium Moon Fog Prophet, and Doktor Kettu.

Whilst recording the album Miljard in 2006 the band was filmed by Esko Lönnberg, and the resulting movie, Saturnus Reality released as a DVD, by No Quarter Records (2007). Lönnberg's attempt to make the film itself became the subject of another movie, The Man With The Video Camera, filmed by Petri Hagner, which has also been released as a DVD by Fonal Records (2010). The band are also closely associated with the filmmaker Mika Taanila: in 2011 they provided a live soundtrack to his 1998 silent film Pori (released as an album, Suur-Pori); and in 2012 recorded several new tracks for Six Day Run, also released subsequently as an album.

In 2011 Circle/Pharaoh Overlord were artists-in-residence at Dutch rock festival Roadburn Festival.[4] A new release, Terminal, is scheduled for release in June 2017.[5][6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Soundtrack albums[edit]

EPs - 7"[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • 1995 Yllättäviä kohtaamisia / Surprising Encounters, LP/CD, (Bad Vugum) (Features the Circle tracks Öja and Surrounding)
  • 1998 MetaZoon, CD, (Metamorphos) (Features the Circle tracks Friitalan Nahka and a cover version of King Crimson's song The Talking Drum)
  • 2000 Tuonen Tytär - A Tribute To Finnish Progressive, CD, Mellow Records (Features a cover version of Haikara's song Kun Menet Tarpeeksi Kauas Tulevaisuuteen, Huomaat Olevasi Menneisyydessä)
  • 2002 Klangbad First Steps, CD, (Klangbad) (Features the Circle tracks Scotch and Northern Sky)
  • 2003 Painted Black, CD, (tUMULt) (Features a cover version of The Rolling Stones' song Paint It Black)
  • 2006 Innature, CD, (Barge Recordings) (Features the Circle track No Battle, No Fire)
  • 2006 SuperSonic 06, CD, (Capsule) (Features the Circle track Nöyrä Ninja)
  • 2008 Like Black Holes In The Sky: A Tribute to Syd Barrett, CD, (Dwell Records) (Features a cover version of Syd Barrett's song Rats)
  • 2009 Every Noise Has A Note, CD, (Trensmat Records) (Features the Circle track Vaahto)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Band Biography at www.circlefinland.com
  2. ^ The Allmusic blog
  3. ^ a b c Mccaighy, Kevin (13 May 2014). "The Strange World Of... Circle". The Quietus. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Roadburn news page
  5. ^ "CIRCLE To Release New Studio Album". The Gauntlet. 12 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  6. ^ De la Rosa, Kathryn (12 May 2017). "LISTEN: New Circle". The Quietus. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 

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