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Santa Cruz

Helsinki, Finland

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SHRED TILL YOU DROP VOL. 2

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Santa Cruz /  Helsinki, Finland

SANTA CRUZ is a Finnish modern hard rock band formed on the hot summer of 2007 in Helsinki by Archie Kuosmanen and Johnny Parkkonen. With the mutual aspiration of playing their rear ends off and kicking people’s derrieres the two teens shared the same goals and similar same passion for a band to be. Inspired by greats as Skid Row and Guns N' Roses, the name Santa Cruz was chosen as the title of their vision of a perfect hard rock band. In the beginning of the following year, Middy Toivonen joined in to play the bass. A year and a half (and two drummers) later Taz Fagerström was found to man the drum throne permanently, cementing the line-up of the 4-piece band.

Introducing themselves to a larger audience in the semifinal stage of the Finnish nationwide band competition Ääni ja Vimma in 2009, Santa Cruz released two demos in 2008–2009, the latter of which, “Another Rush Of Adrenaline”, received remarkable reviews on the media. Word of mouth about Cruz crew’s explosive stage presence and rabble-rousing shows spread like wildfire, resulting in a lengthy succession of shows (the band played well over a 100 shows while still in demo stage) which in turn established the band as the hardest working men of metal mayhem in Finland.

After dropping a self-released EP of six songs under the title “Anthems for the Young 'n' Restless” and a music video for the title track, the band was already news internationally too. The media attention and an unbroken continuum of hellraising performances had the Finnish hotbed label of music with edge and attitude, Spinefarm Records, lend their ear to the tunes of the Cruz Crew. Eventually in 2012 the band scored a worldwide record deal with the Finnish metal behemoth, and after intensive studio sessions at Hollola and Helsinki, the ass-kicking, 11 track label debut “Screaming For Adrenaline” was unleashed upon the anticipating audience on April 26th, 2013.

As the chant in the debut single “Relentless Renegades” quotes Julius Caesar “We Came, We Saw, We Conquered!,” the album was released to raving reviews and cracked the Top40 on Finnish album chart. The album saw the sound of Santa Cruz truly take flight, assaulting the ears with an explosion of pure adrenaline and attitude in the form of honest Rock ‘n’ Roll, not to mention the virtuoso level of musicianship, especially in the flashy guitar work of Archie & Johnny. The band was aiming high and the Party had now seriously started. Now everyone started to take note.

Said Children Of Bodom guitar God Alexi Laiho of the Cruz boys:
“Never mind that they are young, ‘cuz the matter of the fact is, that Santa Cruz definitely sticks out from all these retro hair metal bands running around nowadays. Not only do they have the attitude and the looks, but most importantly they sure as hell know how to play and the songs along with the awesome guitar playing pretty much makes me wanna bang my head in two pieces when I see them play live. And after all that’s what it’s all about. End of fucking story!!!”

In 2013 the band signed an international booking deal with TKO Agency (Motörhead, Anthrax, Buckcherry etc.) and subsequently played their first three British Tours. The year also saw the fearsome foursome continue their heavy gigging domestically. In addition to complete conquest of Finnish stages big and small, Santa Cruz also paid their first visits to Germany and Belgium supporting their heroes Skid Row.

In between all the touring Santa Cruz somehow also found a way to squeeze in the time to prepare for the recording of their 2nd album. Completing the recordings slow and sweet, meanwhile they took over the Finnish radio waves with their two highly regarded vinyl/digital singles, “We Are the Ones To Fall” and “Wasted And Wounded”, each accompanied by smashing videos by up-and-coming L.A. –based director Ville Juurikkala. And when 2014 came to a close, “We Are the Ones To Fall” was the most aired song of the year on the Finnish nationwide station Radio Rock. Mission complete.

In December 2014 the band did their first North American press trip, which was wrapped up with an amazing acoustic performance at the New York Offices of Spinefarm Records. The band played to a packed room, in front of some of the most influential press and industry heavyweights in the area. The four song acoustic set featured “We Are The Ones To Fall”, “Aiming High”, “Wasted And Wounded” and rounded things out with an emotionally powerful cover version of Led Zeppelin's “Thank You”.

March 2015 will see the release of the band’s eponymous sophomore effort, which further distances the band from the throwback glam metal sound, as they mix their influence of the 80’s and early 90’s hard rock sound with elements of modern rock and metal and put it in their own special blender, ice the mix with blinding energy, stupefying stage show and a healthy dash of bad attitude!

Archie Cruz

Guitar, Vocals

Johnny Cruz

Guitar, Backing Vocals

Middy Cruz

Bass, Backing Vocals

Taz Cruz

Drums, Backing Vocals
Jul 22, 2015

milestone

Santa Cruz will be opening for AC/DC in Hämeenlinna, FIN 22.07!

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Bookings in Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Denmark)
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Booking UK, Europe & Japan

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Booking North America and rest of the world
Date Title Location Type Info
Jul 04, 2014 Ruisrock Turku, Finland Performance  
Jul 07, 2014 Aitoon Kirkastusjuhlat Aitoo, Finland Performance  
Jul 11, 2014 Pioneerifestivaali Koria, Finland Performance  
Jul 12, 2014 Ilosaarirock Joensuu, Finland Performance  
Oct 18, 2014 Lost in Music @ Pakkahuone Tampere, Finland Performance  
Oct 31, 2014 Tavastia Klubi Helsinki, Finland Performance  
Nov 01, 2014 Cabaret Vauban Brest, Performance  
Nov 14, 2014 Hard Rock Hell 8 Pwllheli Gwynedd, North Wales, UK Performance  
Nov 15, 2014 Waterfront Norwich, Performance  
Nov 17, 2014 The Barfly London, UK Performance  
Nov 26, 2014 Bar Kino Pori, Finland Performance  
Dec 04, 2014 Lutakko Jyväskylä, Finland Performance  
Dec 05, 2014 Henry's Pub Kuopio, Finland Performance  
Dec 12, 2014 Webster Hall New York, NY Performance  
Dec 12, 2014 The Studio at Webster Hall New York, NY Performance  
Feb 20, 2015 Jack the Rooster Tampere, Performance  
Feb 20, 2015 Jack The Rooster Tampere, Finland Performance  
Feb 21, 2015 Jack the Rooster Tampere, Performance  
Feb 21, 2015 Jack The Rooster Tampere, Finland Performance  
Mar 10, 2015 Doornroosje Nijmegen, Performance  
Mar 10, 2015 Doornroosje Nijmegen, Netherlands Performance  
Mar 11, 2015 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg, Germany Performance  
Mar 11, 2015 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg, Performance  
Mar 13, 2015 Grünspan Hamburg, Germany Performance  
Mar 13, 2015 Grünspan Hamburg, Performance  
Mar 14, 2015 Zeche Bochum, Germany Performance  
Mar 14, 2015 Zeche Bochum, Performance  
Mar 15, 2015 Biebob Vosselaar, Performance  
Mar 15, 2015 Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium Performance  
Mar 17, 2015 O2 Academy Islington London, England Performance  
Mar 17, 2015 O2 Academy Islington London, Performance  
Mar 18, 2015 Warehouse 23 Wakefield, England Performance  
Mar 18, 2015 Warehouse 23 Leeds, Performance  
Mar 19, 2015 ABC 2 Glasgow, Scotland Performance  
Mar 19, 2015 O2 ABC 2 Glasgow, Performance  
Mar 20, 2015 Academy 3 Manchester, England Performance  
Mar 20, 2015 Manchester Academy 3 Manchester, Performance  
Mar 21, 2015 Rescue Rooms Nottingham, England Performance  
Mar 21, 2015 Rescue Rooms Nottingham, Performance  
Mar 22, 2015 he Marble Factory Bristol, England Performance  
Mar 22, 2015 Motion & the Marble Factory Bristol, Performance  
Mar 24, 2015 La Machine Paris, France Performance  
Mar 24, 2015 La Machine du Moulin Rouge Paris, Performance  
Mar 25, 2015 Le Marche Gare Lyon, France Performance  
Mar 25, 2015 Le Marché Gare Lyon, Performance  
Mar 27, 2015 Rock Star Bilbao, Performance  
Mar 27, 2015 Rock Star Bilbao, Spain Performance  
Mar 28, 2015 Sala Copérnico Madrid, Performance  
Mar 28, 2015 Copernico Madrid, Spain Performance  
Mar 29, 2015 Razzmatazz 2 Barcelona, Performance  
Mar 29, 2015 Razzmatazz 2 Barcelona, Spain Performance  
Mar 31, 2015 Z 7 Pratteln, Switzerland Performance  
Mar 31, 2015 Konzertfabrik Z7 Basel, Performance  
Apr 01, 2015 Backstage Hall Münich, Germany Performance  
Apr 01, 2015 Backstage Halle Munich, Performance  
Apr 02, 2015 Live Club Milano, Italy Performance  
Apr 02, 2015 Live Club Bergamo, Performance  
Apr 03, 2015 Explosiv Graz, Austria Performance  
Apr 03, 2015 Explosiv Graz, Performance  
Apr 04, 2015 Szene Vienna, Austria Performance  
Apr 04, 2015 Szene Wien Vienna, Performance  
Apr 05, 2015 Club 202 Budapest, Performance  
Apr 05, 2015 Club 202 Budapest, Hungary Performance  
Apr 08, 2015 Fabryka Krakow, Performance  
Apr 08, 2015 Fabryka Crakow, Poland Performance  
Apr 09, 2015 Proxima Warsaw, Performance  
Apr 09, 2015 Proxima Crakow, Poland Performance  
Apr 17, 2015 Rytmikorjaamo Seinäjoki, Performance  
Apr 17, 2015 Rytmikorjaamo Seinäjoki, Finland Performance  
Apr 18, 2015 Rock house Kulma Kajaani, Performance  
Apr 18, 2015 Rock House Kulma Kajaani, Finland Performance  
May 13, 2015 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY Performance  
May 14, 2015 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD Performance  
May 15, 2015 Palladium Worcester, MA Performance  
May 15, 2015 Crew Stadium Columbus, OH Performance  
May 16, 2015 Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, PA Performance  
May 17, 2015 The Opera House Toronto, ON Performance  
May 21, 2015 Kerubi Joensuu, Performance  
May 21, 2015 Kerubi Joensuu, Finland Performance  
May 21, 2015 Mill City Nights Twin Cities, MN Performance  
May 22, 2015 Henry's Pub Kuopio, Performance  
May 22, 2015 Henry´s Pub Kuopio, Finland Performance  
May 23, 2015 Republik Calgary, AB Performance  
May 24, 2015 Starlite Room Edmonton, AB Performance  
May 26, 2015 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC Performance  
May 27, 2015 Studio Seven Seattle, WA Performance  
May 29, 2015 Amarillo - Kotka Kotka, Performance  
May 29, 2015 Amarillo Kotka, Finland Performance  
May 29, 2015 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO Performance  
May 30, 2015 Klubi Turku, Performance  
May 30, 2015 Klubi Turku, Finland Performance  
May 31, 2015 Vinyl, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV Performance  
Jun 05, 2015 Nosturi Helsinki, Performance  
Jun 05, 2015 Nosturi Helsinki, Finland Performance  
Jun 20, 2015 Nummirock Nummijärvi, Performance  
Jun 20, 2015 Nummirock Nummijärvi, Finland Performance  
Sep 08, 2015 Kulturhuset - Ishøj Kultur Café Copenhagen, Performance  
Sep 25, 2015 Pakkahuone, Tullikamari Tampere, Performance  
Oct 23, 2015 Rock City Nottingham, Performance  
Oct 24, 2015 The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, Performance  
Oct 25, 2015 Corporation Sheffield, Performance  
Oct 27, 2015 The Borderline London, Performance  
Oct 30, 2015 Globens Annex Stockholm, Performance  
Oct 30, 2015 Annexet Stockholm, Performance  
Oct 31, 2015 The Tivoli Helsingborg, Performance  
Nov 04, 2015 Pakkahuone Tampere, Performance  
Nov 05, 2015 Rytmikorjaamo Seinäjoki, Performance  
Nov 07, 2015 Logomo, Teatterisali Turku, Performance  
Nov 13, 2015 Flustret Uppsala, Performance  
Nov 14, 2015 Trädgårn Gothenburg, Performance  
Nov 20, 2015 Rockefeller Oslo, Performance  
Nov 21, 2015 Parken I Halmstad Halmstad, Performance  
Nov 27, 2015 Lokomotivet Eskilstuna, Performance  
Nov 28, 2015 Kulturbolaget Malmö, Performance  
Dec 04, 2015 Folkets Park Jönköping, Performance  
Dec 05, 2015 Folkets Park Jönköping, Performance  
Dec 05, 2015 Allstar Sandviken Gävle, Performance  
Dec 11, 2015 Restaurang Liljan Borlänge, Performance  
Dec 12, 2015 Doom Linköping, Performance  
Dec 18, 2015 Kulturens Hus Luleå, Performance  
Dec 19, 2015 Umeå Folkets Hus Umeå, Performance  
Jan 15, 2016 Jazzhus Dexter Odense, Performance  
Apr 27, 2016 Mavericks Jacksonville, FL Performance  
Apr 28, 2016 37 Main John's Creek, GA Performance  
Apr 29, 2016 40 Watt Athens, GA Performance  
May 01, 2016 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL Performance  
May 02, 2016 House of Blues Orlando, FL Performance  
May 04, 2016 Brewster Street Ice House Corpus Christi, TX Performance  
May 05, 2016 Scout Bar Houston, TX Performance  
May 06, 2016 Alamo City Music Hall San Antonio, TX Performance  
May 07, 2016 Trees Dallas, TX Performance  
May 08, 2016 Lava Cantina Baton Rouge, LA Performance  
May 10, 2016 Hi Tone Memphis, TN Performance  
May 11, 2016 Mercy Ballroom Nashville, TN Performance  
May 14, 2016 Amos' Southend Charlotte, NC Performance  
May 15, 2016 The State Theater Falls Church, VA Performance  
May 17, 2016 Soundstage Baltimore, MD Performance  
May 18, 2016 BB Kings New York, NY Performance  
May 19, 2016 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA Performance  
May 20, 2016 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ Performance  
May 22, 2016 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA Performance  
May 24, 2016 Bogart's Cincinnati, OH Performance  
May 25, 2016 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN Performance  
May 26, 2016 The Arcada Theatre St. Charles, IL Performance  
May 28, 2016 Mystique Casino Dubuque, IA Performance  
May 31, 2016 Knuckleheads Kansas City, MO Performance  
Jun 01, 2016 Vega Lincoln, NE Performance  
Jun 02, 2016 Gothic Theatre Engelwood, NE Performance  
Jun 03, 2016 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT Performance  
Jul 09, 2016 Ruisrock Festival Turku, Finland Performance  
Sep 02, 2016 Bar Q Kouvola, Performance  
Sep 03, 2016 Waterxfest Jyväskylä, Performance  
Sep 15, 2016 Unknown venue Rennes, Performance  
Nov 26, 2016 Pakkahuone Tampere, Performance  
There are no upcoming events scheduled.