- Helsingin Sanomat .
This was only to be the start of Lauri's career as a talented multi-instrumentalist as he had always wanted to record and perform original music. In 2008 Lauri started two rock bands, LSB and Puhuri, and re-launched folk pop band Sepia.
Puhuri found its shape as a trio and started work on a studio album in 2012 settling on an original modern rock sound with the help of producer Juho Vehmanen. The project was born out of Lauri’s rediscovered love of Finnish pop-rock with the help of long-time friend and lyricist S. Yarzev. Mixed with Lauri’s vision for an urbane fresh sound the marriage of Finnish lyrics with edgy rock got Lauri and his band mates excited and motivated to push the boundaries of Finnish rock. Strong original lyrics have always been at the heart of Puhuri’s music and it’s taken until now to settle on a sound that truly does them justice. 2013 will be a big year for the band with the release of a debut album and the takeover of the Finnish pop scene just around the corner!
LSB was built around a group of exceptionally talented and well-known musicians from the Helsinki scene and the band found its own sound quickly. LSB released its debut album ‘Bewitched’ in October 2011. Along with the video spectacle for the song ‘So Right’ Bewitched garnered praise among fellow musicians in particular as well as racking in some strong sales. Their music has been described as groovy and intense with Placebo manager Angus Blue complimenting the strong visual theme of their debut video in particular available for view on the “BANDS” page as well as the home page. Above all with the completion of ‘Bewitched’ Lauri’s dream of recording an original rock album together with Finland’s leading rock musicians was realized.
Sepia is a project that resonates deeply with Lauri both on a personal and professional level. The long-standing collaboration with friend Victoria Lindqvist is the salt of Lauri’s musical life reflecting personal values as well as musical ones. Their sensitive acoustic sound showcases a side of Lauri that rock-focused projects might otherwise mask and serves as a conduit for exploring the immense potential of his first musical love: the guitar. Sepia has gained a reputation in the Finnish folk scene as modern energetic and innovative
with several sold out gigs in Helsinki and a countrywide tour in 2011. Sepia has also performed further afield most recently in the US Germany Canada Sweden and Estonia.
ALEX FREEMAN POPSHOW
Alex Freeman Popshow in which Lauri plays the drums is a musical expression of Lauri’s long-term friendship with composer Alex Freeman. Alex a Phd from Julliard loves pop and rock music and found expression for his immense creative potential through a collaborative project with Lauri. The band around Lauri and Alex has changed a few times but 2013 will see the band heading back to the studio to work on a full-length studio album.