Steve’n’Seagulls has been the crowd pleaser of the 4th blacksheep Festival 2017. Now they are back: even cooler, even more stormy and even more charming than ever!
In the current shift in the music industry, the new kings are YouTube vloggers and cover artists who play the classic tracks of the past. Finland’s favorite hinterland band Steve’n’Seagulls have unwittingly figured out how to be both.
In short: Steve’n’Seagulls is a Finnish band that plays bluegrass versions of classic rock tracks with an amazing arsenal of acoustic instruments that cover almost the entire alphabet, from accordion, banjo, cajon, double bass to anvil and Hammer. In overalls and beaver hats, the musicians look a bit like absurd stereotypes of an average moonlight chewing rednecks fed on American corn in the past. After initially uploading their hilarious but hectic version of AC / DC’s groundbreaking “Thunderstruck” to YouTube, they were in shock for millions and millions of viewers.
The exuberant rednecks began to think that there might actually be something here.
After a few more videos, the wheel kept spinning – completely outside the band’s control. But instead of just occupying a predictable tiny niche, Steve’n’Seagulls have signed a record deal with Spinefarm Records. What a smart move!
After their debut at Farm Machine (2015), the band played 175 shows, toured through 20 countries and a dozen US states, leaving audiences at the world’s largest rock festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze, Rencontres Trans Musicales, Qstock or Dance the rubber skirt for her pipe. Just 16 months from debut, Steve’n’Seagulls dropped the rocking second album “Brothers in Farms”. The album with its 13 tracks was a revelation.
It not only contained the first original song by Steve’n’Seagulls, but also took first place on the BillBoard Bluegrass album chart in January 2016. It was the first time that a Finnish band ever reached # 1 in any BillBoard album chart! And it was the giggling event of a band from a country that the average American redneck had never heard of.
After the third album, the number of countries in which the seagulls burned the barns when they closed can hardly be counted. And more is coming!
With their third album “Grainsville” the musical development of the seagulls becomes even more risky. The album comes with three originals, and the new song arrangements also have some fresh, unexpected twists. Instead of just having fun and having fun all the time, the songs are equipped with curvy influences from world music such as Mariachi horns, trampling Balkanit beats and some shrill violins.
For fall 2020 Steve’n’Seagulls have announced their long awaited new album.
- Remmel – vocals, acoustic guitar, balalaika, mandolin
- Skubu – drums, percussion, vocals
- Jamppa – double bass, vocals
- Hiltunen – accordion, kantele, mandolin, keyboard
- Herman – Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
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