The best named band in Finland, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?, unveil chaotic new ‘flower-garage’ tune Sheep
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Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? ~ ‘Sheep’
‘it’s hard not to be suckered into their glee.’ – The Line of Best Fit
Finnish 3-piece Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? drop new single Sheep, the second cut taken from their forthcoming sophomore album Jazzbelle 1984/1988.
The track is “an attempt to reduce ovinaphobia*” says Ekku Lintunen, the songwriter and Casio wizard behind HYESTJFAVHS?.
(*Ovinaphobia is the fear of getting molested at night by Goats/Sheep, common by teens from the UK and USA. Putting Ovinaphobia victims near a goat/sheep can cause extreme stress, sweating and peeing in their pants. According to Phobia Wikia.)
Sheep, like the album throughout, is two-tone. The first half is playful, and pop-centric, whilst the second feels darker, more intense. Across 11 tracks HYESTJFAVHS? make whimsical references to He-Man and Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy and have a track titled Hanky Panky. However, there’s also a sadder element – it’s a semi-breakup album, half the tracks written before and after. There are explorations of both the excitement and disappointment of love.
HYESTJFAVHS?’s sound is shaped by the aesthetic of the underground cassette culture punk bands in their small town of Kouvola rely on, as well as the thread of styles that have been prevalent in the town through the decades. A mish-mash of 60s girl-groups, punk, glam, grunge and NYC/Manchester indie coming together to generate their electrifying style.
After their debut album Teenage Sweetheart was released in autumn 2015 the trio have been praised in the international music media, and gathered fans around the world. This includes support from BBC Radio’s Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, Phil Taggart, Chris Hawkins and Tom Ravenscroft, and the likes of Consequence of Sound, Forbes, Drowned in Sounds, MTV Iggy, The Line of The Best Fit and Clash Magazine.
As well as the above media acclaim, they are routinely picked out as live highlights at Europe’s buzziest festivals (Roskilde Festival (DK), Flow Festival (FI),Pohoda (SK), Reeperbahn Festival (DE), The Great Escape (UK), Farm Fest (UK), Kendal Calling (UK), Eurosonic (NL) and Europavox (FR)).