Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät is a punk band that was formed in 2009 in a culture workshop arranged by Lyhty, a nonprofit organization. Lyhty provides housing and education services as well as workshops for adults with intellectual disabilities. Pertti Kurikka, the band’s guitarist and front man, writes the lyrics with vocalist Kari Aalto and composes the music. The other two members of the band are bassist Sami Helle and drummer Toni Välitalo. Pertti says that the band’s biggest influences are Finnish punk bands from the last millennium, such as Karanteeni, Kollaa kestää, Ratsia, Sensuuri, Ypö-Viis and Pelle Miljoona. The subjects of the lyrics range from social problems to unpleasant pedicures.
The band achieved cult status with its first demo Kallioon. The band’s EP Ei yhteiskunta yhtä miestä kaipaa was released in 2010 and immediately sold out. The record was released in Germany as well. The band has also released a maxi single titledPäättäjä on pettäjä (2011) and a vinyl EP titled Osaa eläimetkin pieree (2011).
The four band members of Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (Pertti Kurikan’s Name Day) rage against the way they are treated by society. No different from any other punk band, except these guys share a variety of mental disabilities and a great sense of humor. The band is the subject of the documentary, The Punk Syndrome, by Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi; the film premieres in spring 2012. The band also performed in Gimme Some Respect, a feature film directed by Pekka Karjalainen and released in 2010.
Live Show @ SXSW (RARE)
Fri March 15, 11:35pm
@ Headhunters Patio
Film Screenings @ SXSW
Tue March 12, 6:45- 8:10pm, Violet Crown 1&2
Wed March 13, 7pm – 8:25pm, Violet Crown 3&4
Fri March 15, 2:15- 3:40pm, Alamo Ritz 2