Von Hertzen Brothers is a finnish rock group formed in year 2000 by three brothers. Their music is a mix of classic rock combined with progressive elements, folk, punk and contemporary rock. All members 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). The band has two other permanent members, namely Mikko Kaakkuriniemi on the drums and Juha Kuoppala on the keyboards.
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 was awarded the “Best Rock Album of the Year” in the finnish Grammy Awards (Emma Awards). The singles of the album gained notable airplay in the finnish radios and especially “Let Thy Will Be Done”, “Kiss a wish” and “Disciple Of The Sun” became the first hits of the band.
On May 14th 2008 the band released their third album, Love Remains The Same and it opened at No 1 on the Finnish national sales chart. The album stayed as 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 availble 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 bands 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 who is 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 one of the VHB albums that was internationally published and distributed. Consequently the band started touring abroad. The first tours took the band to eastern Europe and Scandinavia to support bands like Pain Of Salvation and Opeth. Stars Aligned was especially well received in the UK and the band has been playing there frequently ever since. Notable support performances include ones with the 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 performace 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 singels of the album, “Insomniac” and “Coming home” gained notable airplay in Rock-oriented radio stations in the UK and Finland. The album cover is a painting by the artist Samuli Heimonen. It portrays nine tiger heads. As a consequence and due to the theme of the album artwork, the brothers were given the “god father” status in ALTA (Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance) for being involved with protecting and preserving the living conditions of the Amur Tiger.
The band toured in Finland and in the UK for the whole of 2013 and is currently working on new material. The sixth album is due to be released in March 2015.
- Compilation albums
Singles and EPs
- 2001: Immortal Life
- 2001: Devil of a Girl
- 2006: Kiss a Wish
- 2006: Let Thy Will Be Done (Promo)
- 2006: "Disciple Of The Sun"
- 2006: "In Your Arms"
- 2008: "In The End"
- 2008: Freedom Fighter
- 2008: "Faded Photographs"
- 2010: Miracle
- 2011: "Angels' Eyes"
- 2011: "Gloria"
- 2011: "Always Been Right"
- 2013: "Flowers and Rust"
- 2013: "Insomniac"
- 2013: "Coming Home"
- Dynasty (association)
- Von Hertzen Brothers' official website
- Von Hertzen Brothers on Myspace
- Official Von Hertzen Brothers Store - Music & Merchandise
- German Interview with the Band
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