Ampersand Music


Helsinki is a Belgian, Ghent-based, band formed by Thomas Vanelslander. After being a sidekick in numerous other bands (K’s Choice, Raymond vh Groenewoud, Arno, Gorki, Hannelore Bedert, …) he decided it was time to switch to center stage.

Ever since being a teenager he’d been writing guitardriven songs, focusing on energy and strong melodies. Because Helsinki is a band, he called upon Pim De Wolf (Thou, Tommigun, Lords Of Acid) to play the bass, Ace Zec (Customs, Nailpin) to bang the drums and Joos Houwen (DVKES, Statue, The Tellers) to play the guitar. And every member of the band was obligated to contribute extra vocals. A request they all happily complied with.
Some people link their sound to Queens Of The Stone Age, others hear The Black Keys or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. And yes, it is true: it does include electric guitars and singing, but most of all we hear good songs with a compelling vibe.

Helsinki established a strong livereputation quite quickly through an old-fashioned approach: playing a lot of shows.
Their debut EP was released in october 2015.

In December Helsinki supported K’s Choice during their Benelux-tour, they played 8 shows in clubs like AB (Brussels), Paradiso, (Amsterdam), Effenaar (Eindhoven), Tivoli (Utrecht), …