They have made waves in Lithuania and France.
Jonas Lapinas, 22-year-old singer and guitarist of three-piece post-rockers Terra Fin, talked international gigs, the Baltic music scene and their first record.
You came together in 2015, how did that happen?
I had moved from Vilnius in Lithuania to start a course in music technology at the University of Huddersfield. I used to play in bands back there. I played an acoustic gig at The Parish and Corey (23, bassist) saw me as he was doing the sound. He asked if I wanted to be in a band with him. We found a drummer, Matt Porter and started out. Matt’s now left and now John Wallis (25) is our drummer. I’m taking the year off to focus on playing music.
Your first gig was in Bates Mill supporting klezmer-gypsy funk band Klonk – that was good going!
Matt’s girlfriend got us that gig. It was put on by Bean Brothers, who she knew.
You’re in the studio – what are you recording?
Our first album. We’ve not actually released anything yet so we thought it was about time we did.
We’re planning on eight tracks that broadly fit into the post rock genre. The songs are catchy and a bit poppy but heavy at the same time.
You’ve just come back from two shows in France, how were they?
We had a great time. They were put on by Christophe Libeau, who used to live in Huddersfield and wants to get more bands from both countries playing in the other. We played in Cholet and Angers and the audience was really nice, very attentive. He’s got a great idea and we hope to dom something similar later on. I think there’s talk of organising more gigs like that.
You also took the band to Vilnius recently, how was that?
Well! We did one short video ahead of our gig.
It ended up being played on national TV news. Lots of people came down after to see us – it was a great gig.
The music scenes are similar in some ways, although I think whereas 90s grunge is having a revival in Huddersfield and the UK, in Vilnius there’s a lot more alternative electronic music at the moment.
Do you plan to tour in any other countries soon?
As soon as we get an opportunity we will. We’re hoping to go to Germany as we know some people there.
And what about back in the UK?
We’re going to be doing a gig with a band called Tokyo Sex Whale, who play progressive rock.
We’ve played in the Parish recently but because there aren’t many venues here we don’t want to do too many in just one place.
We’ve been to Sheffield and will be planning more.