01/09: Bad Monk’s Hill
Once Upon A Hill, There Lived This Bad Monk…
In the fall of 2003, Jukka found himself replying to an advertisement in Muusikoiden.net (Finnish web forum for musicians). There he met a guy known as Mr. Monto who was looking for musicians in which to start a band with. In Mr. Monto he found common ground in how a rock band should sound. With his songwriting skills, Mr. Monto took the role of lead singer.
While Jukka was deciding the number of strings his instrument should have, the songs were progressing while they were still in search of drummer, guitarists and bass player. Along came a duo of guitar and drums, Jukka found himself picking up the bass. During the next few months, the band sharpened their musical skills and created several hit songs. In the beginning of 2004, they had their first gig as Freenoize in a competition known as the Global Battle Of Bands. It wasn’t a particulary positive experience but it did help the band to push forth.
The following summer and fall found them recording and fine tuning their songs while doing a small number of gigs in Helsinki. During this time, the name Freenoize was replaced with Sub Rosa.
By the summer of 2005, it became clear that the objectives and musical ambitions between Mr. Monto and the rest of the band were just too different. Schedules didn’t conincide anymore, so it became obvious it was time for the band and Mr. Monto to go their different ways. Thus began the quest for a new lead singer.
In the beginning, the agreement was to listen to as many singers as they possibly could before making a final decision. But along came Kim and his version of Faith No More’s legendary song ‘Digging The Grave’. It blew their minds and Kim became their new lead singer.
A change of style into a more heavier diverse form gave them push they needed for new ideas and sounds. They recorded their first EP in 2006 and are currently working on their first album.