Von Hertzen Brothers
- Mikko von Hertzen (vocals, guitar)
- Kie von Hertzen (guitars, backing vocals),
- Jonne von Hertzen (bass guitar, backing vocals)
- Sami Kuoppamäki (drums)
- Robert Engstrand (keyboards)
Von Hertzen Brothers is a Finnish rock group formed in 2000, by three brothers. Their music is a mix of classic rock combined with progressive elements, folk, punk and contemporary rock. Each of the brothers have a notable history in the Finnish rock scene, starting from the early 90’s. The guitar-vocalist Kie von Hertzen has played in Don Huonot (1992-2003), the singer-guitarist Mikko von Hertzen is an ex-member of Egotrippi (1994-1998) and Lemonator (1995-1998), and the vocalist-bass guitarist Jonne von Hertzen won the National Rock Contest in 1998 with his band Cosmos Tango and later joined to play the bass in Jonna Tervomaa’s band (1999-2005). From 2006 to 2016 the band had two other permanent members: Mikko Kaakkuriniemi on the drums and Juha Kuoppala on the keyboards. In 2017 the band returned to its 2006 lineup with Sami Kuoppamäki on drums. The current tour lineup also features a Swedish keyboard player Robert Engstrand.
The father of the brothers, Hasse von Hertzen, played guitar in an early sixties band called The Savages and later in The Roosters. Their uncle Lasse von Hertzen was a member of a well-known 70’s folk band in Scandinavia, Cumulus.
Von Hertzen Brothers released their first full length album Experience in 2001 on which most of the instruments were played by the brothers themselves. Mikko played the drum parts as well as most of the main vocals. The album was released by an indie label, Zen Garden.
In the spring of 2006 the band released their second album, namely Approach with Sami Kuoppamäki on the drums. The album achieved gold sales in Finland and won the “Emma” award for “Best Rock Album of the Year” in Emma-gaala, the primary recording industry awards event in Finland. The album’s singles “Let Thy Will Be Done”, “Kiss a Wish”, and “Disciple of the Sun” gained notable airplay on Finnish radio and became the band’s first hits.
On May 14, 2008 the band released their third album, Love Remains The Same which opened at No 1 on the Finnish national sales chart. The album remained No 1 for three continuous weeks and reached gold sales in two months. The band recorded the sessions at Dynasty Studios in Helsinki and a video studio diary is available of the recordings on YouTube. The release followed a full length tour in Finland and shows in Italy, Denmark, Japan and The Netherlands.
In 2011 the band’s own label, Doing Being Music, signed a licensing deal with Universal Music and after a three-year break the band released its fourth full-length studio album Stars Aligned. It was produced together with James Spectrum, known from his project Pepe Deluxé. The album opened at No 1 on the national album sales chart and later reached gold status. Due to the contract with Universal, the album was the first VHB album to be internationally published and distributed. Consequently, the band started touring abroad to eastern Europe and Scandinavia in support of bands like Pain Of Salvation and Opeth. Stars Aligned was especially well received in the UK and the band has played there frequently since. Some of their notable support performances include Foo Fighters, 30 Seconds to Mars, Neil Young and ZZ Top. In September 2011 the band and Rubik performed a unique sold out show “A Night At The Huvila” based on the music of Queen.
In March 2013 the brothers released their fifth album, titled Nine Lives. As the first band in Finland, the release performance of the album was streamed world wide in real time through YouTube. The album opened at No 2 on the national sales chart and at No 31 on the UK Rock Album Chart. The album was nominated in the “Best Rock Album Of The Year” category in Classic Rock magazine. The first single of the album “Flowers and Rust” won the anthem of the year prize at the “Progressive Rock Awards” in London in September 2013. The other two singles of the album, “Insomniac” and “Coming home” gained notable airplay in Rock-oriented radio stations in the UK and Finland. The album artwork, a painting of nine tiger heads by Samuli Heimonen, gave the brothers “godfather” status in ALTA (Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance) for being involved with protecting and preserving the living conditions of the Amur Tiger.
After touring in Finland and in the UK for the whole of 2013 and the first part of 2014, the brothers started writing new material. By May 2014 it was decided that the sixth studio album was to be recorded with GGGarth (Garth Richardson) in Vancouver, Canada. GGGarth, who was to produce and oversee the recordings of the album, flew over to Helsinki in August for Pre-production. The recordings started September 1 at the Farm Studios (formally known as Little Mountain Studios) in Vancouver. The album was named New Day Rising after the opening track. It was mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC and released worldwide by Spinefarm Records in March 2015. The album cover was again a painting by Samuli Heimonen.
In 2016 when the New Day Rising -tour was over the band announced that they´re taking an undefined hiatus.
The break didn´t take long as in october 2017 von Hertzen Brothers came out with their 7th album War Is Over which was released by Mascot Label Group. Also new collaborations with ITB (International Talent Booking) and 7pm management were established. The album release was accompanied by a headlining tour in UK which continued in Finland through the end of 2017.
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