Koria Kitten Riot is a Finnish band delivering that kind of cheerful instrument-stuffed indie pop you might remember from the mid-’00s. They’re a band with an infectious ear for melody and a penchant for quirky lyrics, and they’ll make you smile no matter how you feel.
Their latest album ‘Songs of Hope and Science’ is a collection of songs that celebrate the uplifting side of life, as well as resounding with hope in an otherwise dark time. It’s a very welcome start to the new year from this lovely band!
Rich Men Poor Men Good Men
Hailing from Helsinki, Finland indie-folk quintet Koria Kitten Riot have this lovely ability to prod humanity in the ribs with a big stick, highlighting its weak points and frailties. But ‘Songs of Hope and Science’ – which is the band’s third album – isn’t just about poking fun at the world. Rather it’s a record that reminds us that there is always hope. It also has a sense of purpose and confidence in its writing, which is something that I’ve found particularly appealing in contemporary music.
‘Rich Men Poor Men Good Men’ is the bands first full-band album, and it asserts testament to singer-songwriter Antti Reikko being told to “work f*****g hard, be honest and make ballsy decisions”. It shows what can be achieved when a remarkable artist turns their back on the music industry and becomes a full-on band.
The Milgram Experiment, named after Stanley Milgram of Yale University, is a research study that was carried out to determine how far people would obey an authority figure. This experiment was a major breakthrough in social psychology.
It showed that humans are incredibly obedient to authorities, even when their obedience is against their own conscience. In this experiment, participants were asked to administer electric shocks to a stranger whenever they gave an incorrect answer to a question. The shocking was simulated by an authentic-appearing shock generator and the voltage level increased in 15-volt increments up to 450 volts.
There were two people involved in the Milgram experiment – the person who was being shocked and an actor called the “learner.” The participant’s job was to deliver increasingly painful electric shocks to the learner as he or she made errors. The teacher was kept in a separate room from the learner, and the learner was given instructions to scream in pain, plead with the teacher to stop, or complain about a heart condition (a fictitious one).
When the participant’s voltage reached the 150-volt mark, the victim began to cry out in pain and to protest against the shocks. They started banging on the wall and groaning, pleading with the teacher to stop.
These symptoms were very distressing for the people who were being shocked, and some of them went into convulsions or even died in this experiment. This was an important step in the development of social psychology and it was also a hugely controversial experiment.
Before the experiment was carried out, Milgram polled fourteen Yale psychologists and they all agreed that only a small percentage of people could be induced to administer a fatal shock. The results were surprising: 65 percent of participants in the experiment administered the final, lethal shock!
This is a very interesting and thought provoking experiment that shows how we are so obedient to authorities. It also shows that people can be very cruel and it was a big turning point in social psychology. In fact, it is considered to be the first scientific experiment in social psychology that was conducted in a controlled environment.
The Good Old Days Are Never Coming Back
koriakittenriot has been in the saddle for over five years, and is undoubtedly the queen bee in the bedroom. This effervescent gal has had her eyes on the prize since the day her pixie departed. She is a true powerhouse who has tamed the competition like she was the prince of the castle. Having the most important role in her life means she has the biggest say in the house. Amongst her kin she is also the most spirited, not to mention best behaved. Keeping up with her is no small feat. The best part is she isn’t the one who can be blasted off the grid at the drop of a hat. She has a long list of impressive credentials, and still has her crown at the top of the bed.