If it’s soft tones of dreamy lo-fi angst that appeal to you the most, then brace yourself for an avalanche of muted sounds on Friday 3 June, when Kurt Vile shuffles onto the Tavastia stage.

The singer made his commercial recording debut in 2008 with Constant Hitmaker, a collection of tunes that had been predominantly recorded at home onto CD-R, bundled with a clutch of studio polished tracks. Creating immediate waves on the indie rock underground scene, comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty emerged almost as quickly as his star began to rise over a series of albums that embraced his hands-in-pockets approach to pessimism.

Previously, Kurt Vile & The Violators have visited Finland twice. Touring in support of impressive fourth full-length album Smoke Ring for My Halo at Tavastia in August 2011, this well-received gig was followed by an appearance last summer’s Kuudes Aisti festival, where they were one of the headliners of the event.

Kurt Vile & The Violators
3 June, 22:00
Tickets €25-27
Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6, Helsinki

However, those who attended either of these gigs will be in for a different Violators experience this time around in June. The departure of long-time bandmate Adam Granduciel (guitar) and the firing of Mike Zanghi (drums), have occurred in recent times. Unperturbed, Vile and his new crew arrive on the back of his well-received fifth studio album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze.

James O’Sullivan