It’s official. Finland gets the best bands.
Last month, we found out about heavy-metal-dinosaur kids’ band Hevisaurus. Now, we’ve discovered Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, a punk band made up of men with Down Syndrome.
The band was formed in a non-profit workshop in 2009 on guitarist Pertti Kurrika’s nameday (which the band is named after). They’ve since gained a bit of a cult following and use their music to raise awareness about people living with mental deficiencies.
“We bring a different kind of perspective into punk music; it’s our perspective. We’re different; we’re four mentally disabled guys, so our perspective on the world of punk is a little different,” said bassist Sami Helle.
The band has been chronicled in the documentary The Punk Syndrome. Check out the trailer below:
Of course, all the good intentions in the world wouldn’t matter if Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät didn’t rip. Luckily, the band serves up some nice proto-punk-leaning tunes alongside their own inspiring backstory.
(Via The Circle Pit)