Praised by Rolling Stone magazine as “One of the Top 10 bands you need to know in 2017” for their “debaucherous, flamboyant flair,” Santa Cruz is a Finnish modern hard rock band formed with the mutual aspiration of playing their rear ends off and grabbing your attention. Inspired initially by the likes of Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses, the young group developed a strong buzz through stupefying live shows and two well-received albums on Spinefarm Records where they took their throwback hard rock sound and combined it with elements of modern rock, punk and metal, put it in their own special blender, then iced the mix with blinding energetic performances and a healthy dash of attitude.
Now partnered with new label M-Theory Audio, Santa Cruz are set to release their third studio album Bad Blood Rising on 10th November, which showcases a transition to a more modern, and slicker hard rock sound. Pre-order now on CD, limited-edition coloured vinyl and digital outlets at http://www.m-theoryaudio.com/store
“We are really excited to start working with M-Theory Audio, and be part of a new label and new team!” explains Santa Cruz singer Archie.
“At the end of the day the apple didn’t fall all that far from the tree. People can still expect the Santa Cruz sound — the fast guitars and heavy drums are still there, just served with a different sauce. All in all, we see Bad Blood Rising as a ‘comeback album’. A start of a new era.””, states guitarist Johnny. “This album has probably both the heaviest and the softest Santa Cruz moments on it. We didn’t intentionally try to come up with something totally different than before, but I guess some of the new influences we’ve picked up along the way can be heard on these songs“
The band already released the record’s infectious first single, “River Phoenix,” earlier this summer, but will release a video for forthcoming single “Young Blood Rising” in the coming weeks.
Santa Cruz will return to the UK in December for a headline tour. Dates for the run are:
05.12. Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
06.12. Milton Keynes, UK – Crauford Arms
07.12. Grimsby, UK – Yardbirds
08.12. Sheffield, UK – Corporation
09.12. Birmingham, UK – The Flapper
10.12. Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
12.12. Manchester, UK – Academy 3
13.12. London, UK – Underworld
14.12. Chester, UK – The Live Rooms
15.12. Swansea, UK – Sin City
16.12. Bournemouth, UK – Anvil
17.12. Norwich, UK – Waterfront
After an attention-grabbing EP five years ago, Santa Cruz signed to Spinefarm Records and in 2013 released their full-length debut, Screaming For Adrenaline. The album was released to rave reviews and cracked the Finnish Top 40. It 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 and virtuoso musicianship. That same year, the band signed an international booking deal with TKO Agency (Motörhead, Anthrax) and in addition to the complete conquest of Finnish stages big and small, Santa Cruz subsequently played their first three British tours, as well as 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 recording of their eponymous second album, which debuted at #3 on the Finnish charts upon its release in 2015. Featuring “We Are the Ones To Fall” – the most aired song of the year on the Finnish nationwide station Radio Rock. The band also appeared in a Mercedes-Benz commercial. After additional extensive touring around the world (including three jaunts to America, where they performed before thousands at the Rock On The Range festival in 2015), the group now returns with their raucous third LP Bad Blood Rising. Be prepared.