The Punk Syndrome Review

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Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät are just your average hard-rocking, hard-living rockers, but for one thing: all four band members are handicapped. As this verité-style film shows, life on the road and in the studio isn't all gear and groupies.


Resembling Jerry Rothwell’s Heavy Load, this warm, amusing but never patronising profile reveals the artistic and egotistical tensions that inspire nihilist Finnish combo Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day and their frank songs about living with Down’s Syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Candid and compassionate. Loud, too.