The Rescue Rooms archives: 2015

Von Hertzen Brothers, Von Hertzen Brothers Live At Rescue Rooms

  • Friday 24th April 2015
  • Supported by: TBC




True to their name, the Von Hertzen Brothers are bonded by blood and this brotherly connection really shines through in the music. Formed initially as a project in 2000 in their hometown of Helsinki, they have since reached far and wide with their epic rock. 

It’s rare for a progressive and challenging rock album to top the national charts but Von Hertzen Brothers did it three times – with their 2nd album, Approach, with their 3rd, Love Remains The Same, and again with their 4th album, 2011′s Stars Aligned. All three albums have been certified gold in their native Finland.

Their 2011 release Stars Aligned also helped the band make major inroads into the UK where they played a number of headline shows and drew huge crowds to the Prog Stage at the High Voltage festival in London. They were nominated for the ‘Best New Band‘ Award at Classic Rock Magazine‘s annual awards show and the “New Blood” category at the Classic Rock Prog awards 2012. After touring widely throughout the European mainland they spent the autumn of 2012 in studio preparing their 5th release. 

Their 5th studio album, Nine Lives, will be released in March 2013. The album was preceded by a new single and video - 'Flowers & Rust' - released on Feb 4th, 2013.

Musically it is impossible to pigeonhole these brothers of rock. Although their music embraces so many unique rhythms and abstract scales, using traditional rock instruments makes it all approachable and intriguing. This blending of the familiar with the unfamiliar results in mishmash that somehow makes perfect sense. There are elements of classic rock bands in the bands music, yet it always feels fresh and modern.

Drawing lyrical influences from writers such as William Blake, classic Indian authors, the writings of the ancient mystics as well as contemporary playwrights, the songs originate from the deep yearning for freedom and peace of mind that the brothers feel.

“von Hertzen” is German and means “from the heart”.

“That’s what we try to always keep in mind when writing or performing. The point of music, any kind of music, is to create wonderful experiences that are somehow elevating and encouraging. That’s our mission. The music is our instrument”.

Von Hertzen Brothers are:

Mikko Von Hertzen – vocals, guitar

Kie Von Hertzen – guitar, vocals

Jonne Von Hertzen – bass, vocals

Mikko Kaakkuriniemi – drums

Juha Kuoppala – keyboards

Discography:Experience (2001)In the beginning of a new millenium, Mikko Von Hertzen asked his brothers to share a vision. The debut album“Experience” was born.

Approach (2006)“Approach” took four years to complete. The album became a huge success and reached gold status and Finland as well as winning a Finnish Grammy for the “Best Rock Album of the year 2006″.

Love Remains The Same (2008)“Love Remains The Same” is the most gigantic piece of art by Von Hertzen Brothers. Released in Finland in May 2008 it stayed at # 1 on the national sales chart for 3 weeks. The album includes the hit singles “Faded Photographs”, “Freedom Fighter” and “In the End”.

Stars Aligned (2011)The band’s 3rd consecutive #1 album in Finland, Stars Aligned also saw the band make major inroads into the UK and Europe. It also garnered the band a nomination for ‘Best New Band’ at the UK’s Classic Rock Awards.

The Best Of Von Hertzen Brothers (2012)A career-spanning double disc collection of the bands biggest hits including a DVD of videos and a live concert.

Nine Lives (2013)

The band's 5th album sees a new confidence in the band's writing and playing, pushing boundaries further than they ever have. Expect big things from them in 2013.

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