So, a Finnish bluegrass hillbilly band walks into a bar….No, it’s not the beginning of a joke, it’s the start of an evening on Steve ‘N’ Seagulls’ first-ever U.S. tour. I’m a bit boring; no strippers for me.”, This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 29, 2015, As New Yorkers, we reflect so much that is best about this great democracy, “Last Wednesday, an enormous mob surged out of control, menaced citizens, pushed through police lines onto city hall steps, and blocked traffic on Broadway and the Brooklyn Bridge. On their last album, Brothers In Farms, the band hit … And that of course made it a bit different too. To name few albums: Bizzarro with their album Luxardo, Antero Lindgren – Blood red (released in 2017 but a good album). We spent about 4-5 weeks in the studio and the flow of work was better than ever. Everything I tried to write here just seemed too lame and distant, and we do come from a culture that tends not to lavish words. Have a read on what they had to say, and check out their brand new album ‘Another Miracle’ whilst you’re at it. It started to live its own life as a side project. Steve N' Seagulls, the Finnish bluegrass-folk band that covers metal and rock songs as if they were their own, has delivered the first episode of their new series, The Seagulls' Nest! The members of Steve ‘n’ Seagulls have taken a slice of viral stardom and turned it into a full-blown, barn-dance style, foot-stompin’, retro hootenanny. They take the songs and make it their own – bluegrass style, of course. Feel-good Finnish band Steve’n’Seagulls took some time out of their chaotic schedule to answer some of the most pressing questions. It’s hard not to fall in love with this Finnish quintet and their unique twist on rock ‘n roll and metal hits. Was the process much different to your previous albums? Stay tuned and see who's our next guest! “The point is, we want to have fun, and [we want] our audience to have fun. Create New Account. Steve’n’Seagulls channels Clarence Ashley’s House of The Rising Sun (1933) in their cover with the same haunting vocals that follow great folk musicians. Hmm, a tough one. A Lot of uncertain things and timetables are constantly changing. Media/News Company. All items are delivered straight from the barn. Are there any Nordic upcoming musicians that we need to get listening to? Log In. Not Now. Video by Jaakko Manninen Photography. Above the Law?) “We translate the movie names, which are usually totally nothing to do with the original name,” he explains. Media/News Company. I like all the bands that we cover on the first album. The players were “asked to do something special for a theme party that had a western or country theme,” explains Remmell, “and they arranged a few songs for that, and the idea came from there. Certainly not the hookers ‘n’ blow of previous generations of touring metal bands. Robby Krieger. See more of Steve'n'Seagulls on Facebook. Video by Jaakko Manninen Photography. We are Steve’n’Seagulls. There’s another Finnish, Metallica-inspired, cello-wielding outfit, Apocalyptica; there’s Steel Panther, a glam-metal parody band. HOUGHTON — As the lights dropped down and shadowy figures stepped onto the stage at the Rozsa Center Wednesday evening, Alan Silvestri’s score from Back to … I know you know. Steve N Seagulls take AC/DC, Metallica and Led Zeppelin to a barn dance and blow the doors off. Create New Account. Remmell laughs a bit shamefacedly. "When worlds collide, someone has to take the slide. Acoustic, punchy and delicate. We do the wrong thing, the 21st century is going to be gone, there’ll be no coming back”, “These people act like we drink a gallon of blood and hang upside down from cruci­fixes before we go onstage,” Rob Halford says. It for sure has taken some time to adjust the mindset to a new position. “We’re just excited to see the way that people live; is it actually so busy as it seems?” he wonders. Oh dear… Well maybe Lion tamer. While Steve ‘N’ Seagulls are thrilled with their first American tour and the reception they’ve gotten thus far, they’re also looking to 2016 and hope to begin a second album in February. Then…they asked me [to join], and since then [2013] we’ve been doing it this way. Trump now takes office on the strength of his demagoguery. Not Now. Create New Account. (“I suppose some people who do not live in Scandinavia are sort of terrified of eating Santa Claus’s reindeer,” Remmell acknowledges. But let’s try: Neil Young, David Bowie, Beach boys and Pantera. The Romans Tried to Save the Republic From Men Like Trump. We had more raw material to work with. Really looking forward to being able to tour again. Steve 'n' Seagulls is a Finnish country band, playing bluegrass versions of well-known hard rock and metal songs. Combine musical adventures, energetic and lightning like live shows with odd Nordic sense of humor, and you'll end up with something mankind has never witnessed before. Meet the band from the land of eternal darkness: Steve 'n' Seagulls! They ride again! Maybe we are getting better at studio work little by little. Free shipping for orders over 30 €! Yet the quintet are also as much fun as their band name indicates. Mik by Shark Themes, Erotic Secrets of Pompeii X MARTYRIALS – ‘Chaos in the Rigorous Form’, https://godblessthebands.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Utopia-128-kbps.mp3, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs1EP7T-6ro. But Steve ‘N’ Seagulls are none of the above. “But we hope they are happy; it’s us honoring their classics.“ They haven’t heard from Steven Seagal, either, the inspiration for their band name and the actor who also calls himself a “film producer, screenwriter, film director, martial artist, musician, reserve deputy sheriff, and entrepreneur.” That said, “We would really love to meet him, because we like his movies.” And, yes, Remmell has a favorite, but he is unable to give the title in English. We aim more and more to find our own thing, and make something unique with this mixture of a rock band [and] a bluegrass lineup, playing like a mixture of rock and metal and country,” he explains. You’ve recently released your great new album ‘Another Miracle’, how did you find recording an 11 song album this time round? The pre-production was longer than before and we had plenty of original and re-arranged songs. Hello! Musician/Band. Progressive bluegrass, or one might say newgrass, ambassadors of the north. Artist Biography by James Christopher Monger. Then there’s Hayseed Dixie, an American group (their moniker a linguistic play on AC/DC) who have been purveying “rock grass” since 2001. Radio Rock. We do the show and we wear the costumes our audience expect us to.”. So, a Finnish bluegrass hillbilly band walks into a bar….No, it’s not the beginning of a joke, it’s the start of an evening on Steve ‘N’ Seagulls’ first-ever U.S. tour. Check out the official Steve ‘n’ Seagulls Merchandise Store 100% run by the band members. But as said, the workflow was really good this time. The Dead South. Hoodies! See more of Steve'n'Seagulls on Facebook. “Also, as I said, we want to have fun.”, So far they are doing just that on this tour, which began on the West Coast and now barrels eastward, leaving no time to visit such American icons as the World’s Biggest Ball of Twine (Cawker City, Kansas) or the World’s Biggest Beagle (Cottonwood, Idaho). I really like Rammstein, and we wanted to do something a little off mainstream, which is why we wanted to do a song in German [“Ich Will”]. The band became known in the summer of 2014 with the publication of videos on YouTube. Finland’s grass-rockers, Steve ‘n’ Seagulls, have a new single just out, continuing with their established pattern of performing bluegrass-themed covers of major rock ‘n’ roll hits.It’s hard to describe their vibe unless you see them live, but imagine a hard rock or heavy metal intensity on bluegrass instruments, played at high volume, before very appreciative crowds. Phonetically, it sounds like “Kipr Us Ray Dayla.”. Musician/Band. A Finland-based roots music collective with a penchant for turning hard rock, metal, and grunge classics into front-porch jamborees, Steve 'n' Seagulls found an international following via a series of YouTube videos beginning in 2014. So what shenanigans might occur? Which fellow innovative musicians do you take some of the biggest inspiration from? Today it’s singer/guitarist Irwin Remmell calling for a chat — he’s hanging with banjo player Hermann de German while the rest of the band (Pukki Kaalinen, the mononymous Puikkonen, and Wild Till Hiltunen) drive or nap. See more of Steve'n'Seagulls on Facebook. Find Steve'n'Seagulls tour dates and concerts in your city. On Facebook, they list their current location as perunamaa, a potato patch, but they’re actually driving across the United States in the RV “tour bus.” They’re en route to West Virginia, touring in support of their Spinal Tap–ishly named debut album, Farm Machine. Steve ‘N’ Seagulls have bigger reindeer to fry. It was longer and the songs were a lot tighter arranged when heading to the studio than before. Answering the questions is Remmel and I play guitar, mandolin balalaika and I also sing. Music. Two came to university, three to study music,” the singer says. They are both great ways to spend time and have fun with music. Steve ’n’ Seagulls, from left, Matias Haavisto, Janne Tuovinen, Tomi Tajakka, Juha Salonen and Viljam Hänninen. Musician/Band. “Sitting down, having a few beers, and laughing our asses off. Profile: A Finnish country and bluegrass band. Though Remmell was an exchange student in Minnesota in the late Nineties, he’s never visited the Big Apple, and has two thoughts about the city, which he’s aware of via movies and some of his favorite concert films, like Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden. or. But on the other hand we’ve had plenty of time to work on new videos etc. Plenty. youtu.be/d86t6Tv9OM0 Oh, and they’re serious about it. And despite the appearance of at least partial insanity thanks to the band’s persona, songs, and videos, Remmell isn’t expecting too much for the end-of-tour NYC after-party. (Daver Karnosky/Daily Mining Gazette) Steve’n’Seagulls, on tour from Finland, live at the Rozsa Center last week. If you could pick only one song on the album to play forever, which would it be and why? Finnish band called Steve'n'Seagulls plays Metallica's Seek And Destroy. Steve ‘n’ Seagulls Store Music. “Most of the videos have been shot at our accordion player’s home farm, and the pictures on the album cover are taken there,” the frontman says. Steve’n’Seagulls Interview December 18, 2020 December 18, 2020 Lucy Bower Feel-good Finnish band Steve’n’Seagulls took some time out of their chaotic schedule to answer some of the most pressing questions. By William Bastone, Jennifer Gonnerman, Michael Musto and Frank Owen. Most importantly: thank you, rest of Steve 'n' Seagulls, bandmates who are much more than that. “We all ended up in a town three and a half hours north of Helsinki, in Jyväskylä. If there’s a punchline, it’s that they play metal songs like Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy” and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” but with the twangy tones of mandolin and banjo subbing in for the hard stuff. House of The Rising Sun is an emotional song. Workin together with Finnish producer Timo Kämäräinen was a total treat. But uniformed cops stood by, smiling — for the maraud­ers were fellow cops, thousands of them”. or. “It’s a small town, so everybody who plays an instrument there eventually gets to meet each other.” The members were in various original bands — Remmell and two other current SNS members in a “grunge/garage” outfit — but SNS’s current style was birthed in 2011, before Remmell joined. Log In. That’s Benjamin. CD & Vinyl! Band. Walk Off The Earth. Steve N Seagulls took to the streets of SXSW to perform their rendition of Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City". ZZ Top. We are very proud and happy with our new album. The band's debu… read more Comprising of bumpkin beats, clodhopper chords, rural riffs and villager vocals, FARM MACHINE is the first ever Spinefarm release to feature barnyard boogie and lummox lullabies on the same album. Meet the band from the land of the eternal darkness: Steve 'N' Seagulls! The basic studio days were quite the same as before. Radio Rock. That’s what we mean about no ‘humor.’ We don’t make [music] as a joke, we make the songs as good as we can. What’s next for Steve ‘n’ Seagulls? A long story short: by nature, Steve ’N’ Seagulls is a Finnish band playing bluegrass(ish) versions of classic rock and original tracks with an astonishing arsenal of acoustic instruments ranging almost the whole alphabet starting from accordion, banjo, cajon, drums, double bass and so forth. Released August 19th, 1980 from the Back in Black album. Steve’n’Seagulls is a gift that keeps on giving. We’re making some videos and rehearsing. On the other hand, as musicians, we really want to push ourselves to do all the music, the recordings, the arrangements best we can. Do you enjoy writing original material or covering songs more? The band entered to the blaring sound of the Bonanza theme song. Forgot account? Log In. Our music is a combination of so many flavours that it’s quite hard to name just a few. First of all, can you introduce yourselves to us? We do the right thing, we’ll be able to pull into the 21st century with some kind of program. Copyright © 2020 | All Rights Reserved. or. If you could summarise your sound in three words, what would they be? Somewhat yes. The Dead South. “We’re performers, have been for two decades. Forgot account? It was an awesome process. They Failed. (Under Siege? It is a crazy song with lots of energy and feel to it. . Hey guys! Caps! ©2017 Village Voice, LLC. “We have gone there to work on songs and do some BBQ and have a few beers.” And the adorable shaggy miniature horse in many of these scenarios? Related Pages. “There are quite many different bands and songs that we’ve had to put aside, because we haven’t found the way to redo or rearrange them. They are both fun to work with so I can’t say I’d prefer one over another. 2CELLOS. Finnish band called Steve'n'Seagulls plays Metallica's Seek And Destroy. The Finnish band has grown a … From the deep forest of Finland and accompanied by several guest musicians Seagulls' Nest will present new kind of collaboration between the band and their colleagues. All rights reserved. A band from Finland that mingles somewhere between Bluegrass, Rock and Metal. ", “It’s a make-it-or-break-it period for us. Walk Off The Earth. A student of little else, Trump is an intuitive expert in popular fantasy, and he plays his American audience like a well-worn instrument. Steve ‘N’ Seagulls are a part of a metal subsect inspired by heavy greats and inventive instrumentation. We might still work on them, but we didn’t get them done for the first album; maybe for the second one. How did you find lockdown in terms of musical creativity? “, The first record features covers from AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, and Pantera, and to date, SNS haven’t heard from any of the bands they’ve tackled. Well, there has been more time but it can and has been a bit uncomfortable too. or. New video series by Steve'n'Seagulls. We’ve had to cancel or postpone about 100 gigs from 2020 so we’d love to be able to hit the road again and play the new songs live for everyone! https://www.ticketmaster.com/Steve-n-Seagulls-tickets/artist/2093576 It’s a dramatized tale of a seemingly heartbroken drunken vagabond. ), The American landscape currently unfurling on the other side of the RV window is not especially reminiscent of the Finnish town where the band members first met more than a decade ago. It requires a solid riff and something in the song that you can rearrange.” So far, “we tried something from Kiss, something from Van Halen. Steve’N’Seagulls is a Finnish band playing bluegrass versions of classic rock tracks, such as their viral hit of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck, with an arsenal of instruments ranging from accordion, banjo, Cajon, double bass and so forth. Especially popular was the band's version of "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC which received over 25 million views on YouTube. Watch live streams, get artist updates, buy tickets, and RSVP to shows with Bandsintown Find tour dates and live music events for all your favorite bands and artists in your city. Steve N’ Seagulls cover AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” TOPICS: AC/DC cover Steve N' Seagulls You Shook Me All Night Long. Members: Irwin Remmel Pukki Kaalinen Puikkonen Hermann Wild Till Hiltunen Sites: stevenseagulls.com, YouTube, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter. We have more original material on this album than before. Ha, a bluegrass band playing a heavy metal song in German.”, And let’s not forget the farm theme that permeates much of Farm Machine: It’s not shtick. His favorite has Seagal as an ex-CIA agent on a train that gets attacked. ... Night Long” is the first song to be released as a single for Brian Johnson as the lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC. Related Pages. Sierra Hull. “We’re not a novelty, not a joke,” begins Remmell, in accented but otherwise excellent English. 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