As regular teaders will know, we have been long-time fans of the fabulous fraternal Finnish prog-rock act THE VON HERTZEN BROTHERS who create “classic prog-rock numbers filled with flow, mystification and charm.”
The chart topping band has had three #1 albums (Stars Aligned, New Day Rising, Love Remains the Same) and another two Top 5 albums (Nine Lives, Approach) in their homeland. This led to them winning an Emma Award (The Finnish Grammy) and a Progressive Music ‘Anthem of the Year’ Award as well as other nominations and plaudits along the way due to their ability to blend complex arrangements.
The band now announce a new album: “War Is Over” that follows on from their acclaimed New Day Rising album and sees the band take a new approach to their songwriting technique.
Brothers Mikko, Kie and Jonne von Hertzen took time to write separately. “Our family has a summer cottage outside Helsinki”, explained Kie.
“All three of us would take turns to withdraw and head up there to write music. It’s a beautiful place in the inner Archipelago of the Eastern Sea. It’s where we used to spend our childhood summer’s, so all of us have a deep and personal connection to the place. The main part of composing happens there in total peace and quiet.”
Following New Day Rising the trio wanted to turn back time and strip things down (except drums) to play all of the instruments themselves and self-produce the record.
“We wanted to re-invent the inspiration and energy in our doing. We had a discussion between us about if we still have it in us, and whether we are still up for this?”
New Album: ‘War Is Over ‘
Released: 3 November 2017
Mascot Label Group / Music Theories Recordings
Upcoming UK Tour
Nov 05 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Nov 06 Rebellion Rock Bar, Manchester, UK
Nov 07 LEADMILL, Sheffield, UK
Nov 09 Think Tank, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Nov 10 G2, Glasgow, UK
Nov 11 Camp HRH, North Wales, UK
Nov 12 The Fleece, Bristol, UK
Nov 14 Waterfront Studio, Norwich, UK
Nov 15 Talking Heads, Southampton, UK
Nov 16 The Garage, London, UK
Nov 17 Camp HRH, North Wales, UK
Nov 18 Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK