At the Eurovision Song Contest there is also room for a bit of alt-rock music with Finnish post-hardcore band Blind Channel and their song “Dark side”.
Formed in 2013, the group comprised of Joel Hokka, Niko Moilanen, Joonas Porko, Olli Matela, Tommi Lalli and Aleksi Kaunisvesi.
Just a year after its formation, the band ended up performing at some of the world’s most famous heavy metal festivals, including Germany’s Wacken Open Air, after which the band signed their first record deal.
Blind Channel have released three albums so far. Also in 2018 they received an EMMA (Finland’s answer to the Grammys) in the rock of the year category.
About “Dark side”, singer Niko said: “‘Dark side’ is a song that’s meant to be performed together with an audience, as a kind of communal experience. Now we needed to find that audience – and we knew that there were lots of people out there who felt exactly like we did”.

Lyrics:

Put your middle fingers up
Take a shot
Throw it up and don’t stop
I’m, I’m, I’m
Living that life on the dark side

Every psycho in the scene
Hands up and follow me saying
Empire of the freaks
All drinks on me

Just another night on my pitch black paradise
Don’t wanna cry so I gotta get paralyzed
My body is my weapon so I keep it loaded
‘Til I’m all over the place like my head exploded

Don’t waste your prayers
They can’t save us
Lifestyles of the sick and dangerous

Put your middle fingers up
Take a shot
Throw it up and don’t stop
I’m, I’m, I’m
Living that life on the dark side
Like the 27 club
Headshot
We don’t wanna grow up
I’m, I’m, I’m
Living that life on the dark side
Life on the dark side

Every psycho in the scene
Hands up and follow me saying
Empire of the freaks
All drinks on me

I’m in a cave of man-made misery
Diggin’ a grave for myself and my enemies
Of all the dark things that keep me wasted
You’re the sweetest I’ve ever tasted

Put your middle fingers up
Take a shot
Throw it up and don’t stop
I’m, I’m, I’m
Living that life on the dark side
Like the 27 club
Headshot
We don’t wanna grow up
I’m, I’m, I’m
Living that life on the dark side
Life on the dark side

Just another night on my pitch black paradise
Don’t wanna cry so I gotta get paralyzed

Don’t waste your prayers
They can’t save us
Lifestyles of the sick and dangerous

Put your middle fingers up
Take a shot
Throw it up and don’t stop
I’m, I’m, I’m
Living that life on the dark side
Like the 27 club
Headshot
We don’t wanna grow up
I’m, I’m, I’m
Living that life on the dark side
Life on the dark side

Every psycho in the scene
Hands up and follow me saying
Empire of the freaks
All drinks on me


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