RAIN DIARY: Sing along in the name of art
Being in a band is seldom as glamorous as the media suggests. In the age of reality TV, casting shows, digital "fast-food-consumption" of music and whatnot, stupidity and numbness are increasing dramatically in the Western world. In such rather sad circumstances, it is all the harder for artists to get themselves heard (not to speak of even getting properly paid for their efforts). Millions of (often meaningless) acts are flooding the market and not only music-enthusiasts wonder what will be the ending point of this development. In times like these, it is even more important to keep on looking for hidden gems in the musical underground. In what follows, one of those shall be portrayed: The Tampere-based act RAIN DIARY whose debut album "The Lights are violent here" will be released this autumn. If you are sick and tired of hip images overriding the actual quality of songwriting, you should definitely check out RAIN DIARY as a refreshing counter-draft to the aforementioned trend.
Highly I had anticipated that night. For once, one could look forward to two bands' joint gig, whose style and aesthetics make a brilliant match - or so I thought at least. We are talking about Finland's Atmospheric Rock Masters The Chant and the hopeful SynthPop newcomer Rain Diary, whose common live-performance was hosted by the acclaimed venue Bar Loose in the heart of Helsinki. Things often turn out different than expected though, and so the night made me first and foremost realize that I had been wrong. In fact, I had been nursing (and heavily promoting) a major misunderstanding with regard to those bands.