Finn's Mika Vainio and Ilpo Vaisanen originally shared the name Panasonic with the Japanese megacorp and dreamt of garnering sponsorship from the hi-fi giants. Sadly, the company weren't of the same mind, though they took a few years to catch up with the duo, who celebrated the lost vowel by calling their next album A. The term 'panasonic' is also greek for 'all sound, every sound', the detail of which Vainio and Vaisanen pay painstaking attention to. Pan Sonic create noise-blasted electronic spheres using analogue Moog and Roland equipment and custom-built tone generators. There's no sentimental reverie for the pre-digital age though; this is just the method they've perfected to make their, in turns, minimal then super-aggressive then indefinable trademark sound.
This sound is akin to a theoretical sampling of Techno, remixed by Alvin Lucier and John Cage, and with a love of Hasil 'Haze' Adkins, Keiji Haino and Jamaican dancehall secretly encoded so deeply in the circuitry it may take a thousand listens before you spot it. They've worked with everyone from Alan Vega to Barry Adamson, FM Einheit to Michael Gira, Hecker to Bjork and are famed for the bodily intensity of their live shows.
"We like it to be a physical experience," says Mika. "I really enjoy loud volume if a sound system is good. Our music's supposed to be physical."
They came to the right place then.