Inside The Rockers Studio: Architecture In Helsinki, Takka Takka

This fall, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are joining forces with Aussies Architecture in Helsinki and Brooklyn buzz band Takka Takka for a month-long trek brought to you by the word “blog.” Expect this to be the tour that launches a thousand posts.

If you haven’t seen the circus that is AiH, brace yourself for dreads, evening dresses, track shorts, and some of the finest in twee-electronica-Ritalin rock. In Case We Die was a Stereogum favorite and last we saw ‘em, the new tunes seemed up to snuff.

Be allured by these relative veterans, but be sure to use the show for a first glimpse at the Takkas, straight outta Brooklyn with a promising debut and charming live set. Check out the title track:

Takka Takka – “We Feel Safer At Night” (MP3)

The four-to-the-floor kick, organ, and tamborine may make you Say Yeah, but Gabe’s conversational baritone is more Lou Reed than it is Ounsworth, and later instances of bar room basslines and indie country give ‘em a home of their own. (And judging by their Rockers Studio responses, they laugh a lot at band practice.)

As for Architecture, we got all of ‘em (!) to pass along their quips. Not as difficult as it may seem, ’cause now there’s “only” six members — but it’s okay to be impressed. Like we said, the Clap are on this tour, too — but they were too busy recording the sequel to answer our stupid questions. Get your dates here.

CAMERON BIRD, ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI

1. What is your favorite word?
ABOMINABLE

2. What is your least favorite word?
FUNGUS

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
CREATIVELY – ESPRESSO
SPIRITUALLY – HERBAL TEA
EMOTIONALLY – ICED ESPRESSO

4. What turns you off?
A LACK OF MYSTERY

5. What is your favorite curse word?
CODSWALLOP

6. What sound or noise do you love?
FARTS, ESPECIALLY WHEN IN THE CONTEXT OF A FART TAPE / MEDLEY.

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
I HEARD A CAR ALARM THAT SOUNDED LIKE MARIAH CAREY THE OTHER DAY.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I THINK I COULD BE A GREAT TAXIDERMIST.

9. What profession would you not like to do?
CLEANING WINDOWS ON SKYSCRAPERS UNLESS IT WAS IN CHICAGO.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at
the Pearly Gates?
“DO YOU HAVE ID?”

KELLIE SUTHERLAND, ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
1. What is your favorite word?
CRISPY

2. What is your least favorite word?
PRAHRAN

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
TWAG AND SCHWAG

4. What turns you off?
SOMEONE WHO HARSHES YOUR MELLOW

5. What is your favorite curse word?
BITCHFACE

6. What sound or noise do you love?
SPRINKLERS

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
THE HIGH-PITCH HISS OF TV

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
ARCHAEOLOGIST

9. What profession would you not like to do?
ANYTHING TO DO WITH AIRPORTS

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you
arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“NICE SHOES”

JAMES CECIL, ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
1. What is your favorite word?
FAUX

2. What is your least favorite word?
TRANSIT

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
CAFFINE MARIJUANA TABASCO

4. What turns you off?
PREJUDICE

5. What is your favorite curse word?
FLAMIN’ ‘ECK

6. What sound or noise do you love?
THE SLAPPING OF BASS STRINGS

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
SPRAYING CHEESE

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
ELECTRICIAN

9. What profession would you not like to do?
COAL MINER

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you
arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“YOU’RE IN THE WRONG PLACE”

SAM PERRY, ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
1. What is your favorite word?
CHORTLE

2. What is your least favorite word?
PHLEGM

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
SCHITZEL

4. What turns you off?
LAX

5. What is your favorite curse word?
SHIT

6. What sound or noise do you love?
AXL ROSE

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
AXL F CRAZY FROG

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
SPIRITUAL ADVISOR

9. What profession would you not like to do?
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you
arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“PLEASED TO HAVE TO JEFFREY DUJON!”

GUS FRANKLIN, ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
1. What is your favorite word?
ELECTROEN

2. What is your least favorite word?
BOG

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
RAKES, OCEANS SILVERBEET

4. What turns you off?
TAX

5. What is your favorite curse word?
STREUTH!

6. What sound or noise do you love?
A TORPEDO PUNT FROM 80 METRES OUT

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
HARLEY DAVIDSON

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
AUSTRALIAN TRUCKIE

9. What profession would you not like to do?
POLITITIAN

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you
arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“WE DON’T WANT TO BUT ANYTHING.”

JAMIE MILDREN, ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
1. What is your favorite word?
SNIPPET

2. What is your least favorite word?
MICTURATION

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
JELLYFISH

4. What turns you off?
SATELLITE SUBURBS

5. What is your favorite curse word?
SCHWEPPS!

6. What sound or noise do you love?
RAKE ON CONCRETE

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
TRAIN BREAKS

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
MARINE BIOLOGIST

9. What profession would you not like to do?
MIGRATIONS OFFICER

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you
arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“WHAT?”

TAKKA TAKKA (They joined forces for this one!)
1. What is your favorite word?
FAVOURITE

2. What is your least favorite word?
FAVORITE

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
MODERN ARTISTS, OF ALL FORMS.

4. What turns you off?
NARCISSIM (AND BEETS)

5. What is your favorite curse word?
SHIT. (AS IN, “OH, SHIT.”)

6. What sound or noise do you love?
VAN DOORS SLIDING SHUT.

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
LIP-SMACKING

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
RELIEF PITCHER

9. What profession would you not like to do?
STARTING PITCHER

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you
arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“AW, C’MON, I WAS JUST MESSIN’ WITH YOU.”