EEFF Review: Punk Voyage

In 2012, a door was opened into a strange universe. A domain only known to a small but vocal number of initiates. The phenomenon that is Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, Finland’s most bad-ass punk band, were introduced to the world in the brilliant Punk Syndrome. Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami taught us to avoid pedicures at all costs and the dangers of touching. In Punk Voyage, Jukka Kärkkäinen and Jani-Petteri Passi return to film the band as they embark on their final journey.

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät have continued to play and tour extensively. Relationships between the members are stronger than ever but are also equally strained and liable to explode. Toni has a new crush. However, their roadie Niila is vying with him for her attention. Kari can’t seem to find cider anywhere and hasn’t become anymore diplomatic. Sami is preparing to move out into his own place and Pertti is tired and contemplating his retirement. Oh, and there’s the small matter that they’re representing Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Punk Voyage carries on where Punk Syndrome left off. The band have moved on since their earlier squabble-filled days but old enmities still persist. Whilst there’s less of a shock factor now, the fact we’re already used to their characteristics and mannerisms makes it smoother viewing. They’re also more comfortable with the camera. However, it doesn’t quite have the oomph factor of the first film. Punk Voyage is a funny and frenetic look at the last days of a truly unique band.

Punk Voyage screens at East End Film Festival on 14 April.

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