Latvia: Aarzemnieki

Latvia Aarzemnieki

 

 

After their national selection, lighthearted band Aarzemnieki have won their place to represent Latvia in Copenhagen. The Baltic country has had little luck in past years – in fact, Latvia hasn’t made it to the final since 2008. Last year PeR were far from making the cut, finishing 17th in the semis…but I feel a change in the tide coming with the latest addition to this year’s Eurovision offerings based on baked goods, Cake To Bake.

All Kinds of Everything: interview with @Aarzemnieki


Aarzemnieki’s Eurovision – original artwork by the band for @HouseOfApcar

aarzemnieki-picture

Are you very good at actually baking cakes?

We are all very good at baking cakes – if we get the help from our mothers ;)

“Don’t be proud, mate, please, don’t bother; Go, come on and ask your mother; How to bake, how to bake, bake that cake.”

Who do you think will win Eurovision 2014?

I’m quite sure it’s gonna be Brazil! They just deserve it! ;)

Who is your favourite Eurovision act of all time?

Jöran: Brainstorm My Star from Latvia, Katrina & The Waves – Love, Shine A Light from UK.

Katrīna: I fell in love with Fairytale by lovely Alexander Rybak since the first time I heard it in the end of 2008.

Jöran: …and we shouldn’t forget about 2011 entry from Estonia: Getter Jaani! I’m still convinced there was a mistake and the bottom of the table was actually was the top!

Babushki4 vs. Lordi4

WINNER: Lordi

Talking about the song itself: Hard Rock Hallelujah! Good harmonies – proper country style, actually! Would’ve fit to Texas Lightning as well ;)

ABBA4 vs.  Celine4

WINNER: Always ABBA.

No doubt. Although: Waterloo surely isn’t my favourite ABBA song at all.

Which of this year’s acts would you most like to work with?

I surely won’t leave Copenhagen without having sung my favourite Italian song Maledetta Primavera with the Italian speaking contestants. Emma, Seb, Hersi & Co – beware! ;)

How do you normally watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

Childhood memories. Classical style: With family in front of the TV, everyone’s got a sheet of paper to make notes regarding every single act. Such fun to read it out loud in the end and discuss about everything. I skipped last year’s contest. Didn’t watch it. I was quite depressed that time. Still hard to believe this year’s gonna be so much… different. ;)

Credits: Facebook, Thomas Hanses (EBU), 2Shaymcn/YouTube, Eurovision Song Contest/YouTube, Euroencyclopedic/YouTube


 

 

Take a couple of guitars, add a violin, a seasoning of Shaggy haircuts, a pinch of maraca, and a garnish of four big smiles – is this the recipe for happiness? Embrace the weirdness and I dare you not to grin or giggle at some point through this mastermind of a track. If greedy production hands are held off from anything too gimmicky, joyful energy should give the Latvian quartet an easy ticket to the final.
There’s some real lyrical brilliance to note in Aarzemnieki’s tune:

Solved a case for the genius from Baker Street…
I talked to a unicorn the other night…
Make some dough, add some love, let it bake, wait for it

I’ve no clue whether the chorus is actually part Latvian or just a fun ditty, but either way I’ll be singing this for months. And who knows, perhaps Cake To Bake will persuade Great British Bake Off fans to take themselves less seriously.
Contagious rating: 10/10

 

 

Cake To Bake

I melted the ice of the polar caps,
Found the raiders of the lost ark,
Solved a case for the genius from Baker Street,
Helped to clean the Central Park.
I created the plan for the Chinese wall,
Went to desert, made it rain,
Swam through a shark tank bloodily,
Found Atlantis, by the way… (but today)

I’ve got a cake to bake – I’ve got no clue at all (cep, cep, cep, cep, cep kuuku)
I’ve got a cake to bake – and haven’t done that before (cep, cep, cep, cep, cep kuuku)
Don’t be proud, mate please don’t bother,
Go, come on and ask your mother,
How to bake, how to bake, bake that cake…

Cep cep cep cep cep kuuku kuuku cep cep cep cep cep cep kuuku
Cep cep cep cep cep kuuku kuuku cep cep cep

I talked to a unicorn the other night,
Took me up on a lonely star,
Did the moonwalk on the milky way,
Realised I’ve gone too far.
So I questioned the law of gravity,
Put the apple back up to the apple tree,
Ej tu nost: I even learned Latvian,
I know it’s so hard to believe… (and today)

I’ve got a cake to bake – I’ve got no clue at all (cep, cep, cep, cep, cep kuuku)
I’ve got a cake to bake – and haven’t done that before (cep, cep, cep, cep, cep kuuku)
Don’t be proud, mate please don’t bother,
Go, come on and ask your mother,
How to bake, how to bake, bake that cake (piece of cake)

Cep cep cep cep cep kuuku kuuku cep cep cep cep cep cep kuuku
Cep cep cep cep cep kuuku kuuku cep cep cep

We’ve got a cake to bake – and got no clue at all
We’ve got a cake to bake – and haven’t done that before
Don’t be proud, mate please don’t bother,
Go, come on and ask your mother,
How to bake, how to bake, bake that cake (piece of cake)

Mix some dough, add some love, let it bake, wait for it
Mix some dough, add some love, let it bake, wait for it
Mix some dough, add some love, let it bake, have some cake
Mix some dough, add some love, let it bake

We’ve got a cake to bake – and got no clue at all
We’ve got a cake to bake – and haven’t done that before
Don’t be proud, mate please don’t bother,
go, come on and ask your mother,
How to bake, how to bake, bake that cake
(Garšīgi)

Courtesy of Eurovision.tv