Kytäjä

Kytäjä is the love child of two finnish guys, Jarno Alho and Janne Lastumäki. Named after a little village that they spent their adolescence in, Kytäjä binds together both the good and the bad that they’ve gone through during their fifteen years of friendship.


Playing bass in the cellar with your gloves on during the winter and cycling ten miles to the nearest town in order to get drunk really does affect the way you grow up. And having someone to share all that with will guarantee a quite special relationship.

Musically it all got started by banging drums and shouting. Yep, nothing else. Shouting and banging, in the cellar, in the garage, in the outdoor sauna. Then gradually there came a bass, some guitars, even a synthesizer.
Listening to Black Sabbath, Cream, The Stooges and Led Zeppelin taught them what rock was about. And sure, everything got really sophisticated and streetwise in the end.

The debut album by Kytäjä blends together influences from a wide variety of sources. There’s absolutely echoes of the finnish rock history. Some Wigwam and Jukka Tolonen lurking behind the bushes.
The songs are delivered in a sort of an jazzy way somewhat reminiscent of the british canterbury scene. More self-taught than educated, that is. Add an overall scandinavian pastoral mood, touches of atonality, soul music and, uh, maybe even traces of pompousness of the Zeppelin kind and you’re starting to have a hunch of what it's all about.

No matter how mature they may nowadays seem to be, they’re still the same childish boys from a tiny remote place where, because of the lack of real-life influences, they could reign over a kingdom of their own.

And judging by the music, it’s all for the better of it.