Finnish rockers Von Hertzen Brothers have supported everyone from Foo Fighters, 30 Seconds to Mars, Neil Young, Biffy Clyro, The Wildhearts and ZZ Top to Anathema and Opeth. The trio have also scored three No. 1 albums in their homeland. They are on a UK tour with new album War Is Over, including the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. Singer and guitarist Mikko does the talking…
Where are you from?
The band is from Helsinki, although one of us is from a little town close to Malmö, Sweden.
How did music start for you?
Our parents were into music and met in a choir. When were kids, even the kindergarten we were in was a music-oriented one. I started playing piano at the age of four. Our family home was always filled with music, vinyl and instruments.
Who were you listening to when you were growing up?
Everything and anything from ABBA to Metallica. Kie was into guitar from an early age so he was checking out Richie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler and the like. The bands we all loved were Queen, ZZ Top, Pink Floyd, Yes, Dire Straits… too many.
What was the first album or single you ever bought?
Iron Maiden’s Killers, maybe. Can’t remember. Our father was the ‘delivery guy’, always bringing new music to our home. He was traveling a lot for business and we always asked him to bring albums of our favourite artists from his trips.
Where and when was your first gig and how did it go?
As brothers we played for the first time in an outdoor festival here in Helsinki. We totally sucked. But that was many years ago. Now we kick arse.
How would you describe your music?
Melodic and epic rock music with a progressive twist.
Tell us about your latest album
It’s our seventh and can be described as a dramatic and epic album with many kinds of twists and turns. Some people have described it as an almost spiritual journey to the core questions of how and what we should do about the rapidly changing world around us.
What can we expect at your Nottingham gig?
Ah, It’s going to so much fun. We’ve played in Nottingham at least three times before and love the place. It’s going to be the “virgin” show of this tour so I’m sure it’ll have a lot of punchy energy and freshness to it.
What experiences have you had of Nottingham in the past?
Good memories. Last time we were there, we had a day off in the city and spent it chilling out in the Arboretum. Even though there is an excellent curry place just around the corner from Rock City, we went somewhere else because our drummer wanted to eat a really, really hot dish. He ended up downing six or seven beers during the meal since the food was so outrageously hot. Then he wanted to take the bus to Sherwood Forest to take an authentic picture of himself as Friar Tuck.
You shouldn’t miss seeing us on this run. The new songs sound killer live and we’ll promise a really good night out with us! Money back guarantee!
Sunday November 5, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, with The Parallax Method, 7.30pm to 11pm, £16.50 (includes booking fee) from alttickets.com.