Steve ‘N” Seagulls first made their mark with their electrifying video on youtube “Thunderstruck” originally played by AC/DC. Fans across the globe raved about this “hillbilly” cover of this iconic son. As their video hit 32 million views the world was loving this blend of banjo shredding and according slaying to tracks like “Aces High” by Iron Maiden, and in their latest attempt to elicit your brain, the band covered Metallica’s “Sad But True”, among others with their soft-more record titled Brothers in Farms.
We had the chance to check out their live show at the Resident in The Arts District last week and it was a mad house. The band kicked off with the track “Self Esteem”, by The Offsprings turning on the crowd in this elegant venue. The band flew from Finland to bring us Bluegrass style metal, a sound you need to hear live to understand the passion and musicianship it takes to create such cover songs with the least expected instruments one can imagine. The crowd was filled with a good amount of Finnish fans, as you could hear them call out things in their native language, while some metal heads were heard in the crowd calling for songs like “Aces High”, and even “Born to Be Wild” and American classic.
Who is Steve ‘N’ Seagulls? The band is fronted by Remmel, the guitarist and vocalist of this traveling band, whose ideas are manifested by him and Herman, the Banjo player who shreds like Angus Young on “Thunderstruck”, as he wears his “Hipster” hat, more like a hillbilly style hat wrecking those strings. On drums with a fun personality, you will see Puikkonen as he beats away the daily hillbilly struggles, jamming to tracks like Iron Maiden’s classic “The Trooper”, and “The Pretender” by The Foo Fighters with a bluegrass twist. The crowd loved the sound, and the passion these guys play with, any musician that is able to cover those above mentioned songs with banjos and accordions and a balalaika (Russian guitar) is a talented man indeed. There is no doubt that seeing Hiltunen rocking away on the keyboard and according gives a different feel of that metal which was intended to be played with distortion and anger. These guys play the music with a smile on their faces, and the most joyful way one can experience “Cemetery Gates” as Herman shreds the intro, followed by Pukki’s deep standing bass sound the song was a perfect rendition to our fallen hero Abbot “Dimebag” Darrell. The show was vivid and any metal head out there will definitely enjoy a killer set in the most American traditional form of expression, Bluegrass!
We had the chance to talk with Herman and Remmel and this is what we were able to squeeze out of them check it out.