jazz-rock, progressive rock, fusion
The late great Pekka Pohjola (1952-2008) – a supreme electric bass player and composer admired by Frank Zappa, among others – left a huge musical legacy that is very dear to these superb musicians. They dig deep into his 70/80’s compositions and play them “as they should be played”, like Pohjola himself said after witnessing Husband doing his stuff. He especially dug the two-guitar treatment and Husband finding the playful humour in his work, as it was an element in Pekka’s music that people sometimes missed.
Every one in the band is not only a hardcore fan of Pohjola, but has also played with him, with the understandable exception of bassist Hannu Rantanen. Drummer Anssi Nykänen played with the maestro for years. He and Rantanen are probably Finland’s most in-demand rhythm section at the moment, as everybody, regardless of style, knows: they deliver. Leader Varre Vartiainen ja Marzi Nyman are both awesome axe men, who can and have played any style from light pop to hard funk, big band and modern jazz, while Arttu Takalo (vibes/synthesizer) belonged to the very Pohjola-inspired XL and has made four soundtrackish solo albums. Husband has two albums: Husband and Homo Sapiens.