Gig Alert: Architecture In Helsinki

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Architecture in Helsinki
Playing Friday at Irving Plaza
(17 Irving Pl., Gramercy, Manhattan, NY)
Get: Tickets ($20) | Directions

If the Aussie synthpop outfit Architecture in Helsinki ever actually got in the business of populating the Finnish capital with edifices, it would probably resemble an early '80's new wave utopia filled with Pet Shop Boys pet stores, B52s-inspired offices, and Wham!-style dwellings.

But the truth is, this group’s curious moniker has little to do with Scandinavia — it was born magnetic poetry-style, back when the band formed in 2000, from the union of random, cut-out newspaper words. Architecture in Helsinki constructs its catchy hooks and bouncy, synth-soaked melodies far away from the Finnish capital, in fact. The quintet records in a studio in their hometown of Melbourne, Australia, a place that they’ve dubbed “Buckingham Palace” after Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham. (Naturally.)

Download the sugary, mid-tempo love tune “W.O.W” from the band's fourth album Moment Bends, released last spring, or watch its video below. Architecture in Helsinki plays Irving Plaza on Friday night.