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Melbourne, Australia (2000 – present)

Architecture in Helsinki are an band which formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2000. The band has released four studio albums: “Fingers Crossed” (2003), “In Case We Die” (2005), “Places Like This” (2008) and “Moment Bends” (2011). The band consists of Cameron Bird (vocals, guitar), Gus Franklin (horns, drums, guitar), Kellie Sutherland (vocals, keyboards, melodica, other instruments), Jamie Mildren (multiple instruments) and Sam Perry (multiple instruments).

Architecture in Helsinki rose from the ashes of the High School band of cameron bird, Jamie Mildren and Sam Perry. Bird started writing songs at the turn of the century and convinced Perry and Mildren to help him flesh out his first set for live performance. Bird urgently needed a name for the band, so, he circled some words in a copy of The Age newspaper and did some magnetic poetry. In mid 2000, Bird met Kellie Sutherland at a party, she volunteered her musical services to the band at first playing clarinet. By the time Bird met James Cecil, Gus Franklin, Isobel Knowles and Tara Shackell whilst studying at RMIT University later that year, the band was well and truly taking shape.

“Fingers Crossed” (2002-2004):
After many discarded recording sessions and countless shows at North Fitzroy’s Empress Hotel, the band locked down in their home studios for the best part of 2002 to make their debut album.


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  • chronicplutonic

    places like this is actually their best work. they peaked there then fell.

    19 Jun 10:06am Reply
  • AndrewBleeker

    When You Walk in the Room, I Might Survive, Echo and April are phenomenal. Not their best album...I'd say on par with Places Like This in terms of goods songs to okay songs ratio

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Dream-core

    W.O.W. is sooo WOW

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • faridmon

    Yeah, the new album is just too conventional in its pop nature. Its quite stripped down compared to Moment Bends. Its fun, but its a missed opportunity. Hope to see them back on track with their new album in the future.

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Dream-core

    Just finished to listen their discography. Moment Bends and Fingers Crossed are the best albums.

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Dream-core

    Finally I got a time to listen to them. Oh My God, they are so amazing! Hope to see them in Russia :3

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • jacoo90

    their new album - disappointment, always liked them being pop, but too much is too much

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Cylob

    Jump In: 100 Abstract Pop Anthems

    5 Jul 2014 Reply
  • faridmon

    When it comes to Finland and Architecture, you only need to remember one name: Alvar Aalto. Enough said!

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • sls

    I went to Helsinki in '99, paid more attention to Carol's Pizza than the architecture, but from what I remember it was nice. I hope to go back some day before total economic collapse prevents feasible cross-continent travel

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ianrappp

    Sooooooooooo good live! [2] their energy on stage is infectious

    24 May 2014 Reply
  • jcpack89

    Anyone heard about a US tour?

    22 May 2014 Reply
  • Ceejayklmnop

    Sooooooooooo good live!

    21 May 2014 Reply
  • maramore19

    I finally saw them live!!!! I love their whole set! <3

    19 May 2014 Reply
  • faridmon

    The new album is quite middling compared to their previous, especially Moment bend. However, I am enjoying it at the same time. Hope their next album is more refined!

    15 May 2014 Reply
  • chronicplutonic

    once you peak is there nowhere to go but down? i admit it's more like plateauing than skidding downhill, but all the same, there's something lacking in this one.

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • jcpack89

    it's another good album

    17 Apr 2014 Reply
  • SamOhAh

    Boom (4EVA) is THE bop. Best song on the album by a large margin...

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • maramore19

    v this.

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • BoysSayGo

    The new album is super fun, can't wait to catch them live!

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
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