03/10: Bloodsucker Circus
When The Circus Goes Punk…
Bloodsucker Circus is a Finnish punk rock/hard rock band formed in Vantaa, Finland around 2006. Bloodsucker Circus was originally a cover-band called “Limited Highway” consisting of 3 members: Jack Nevada, BG Loud and Aku Hietaranta. After some time, Aku left the band then Jack and BG began writing their own songs. The bands name was then changed to “Black Out” and a few Heavy Metal dudes joined in. Since it didn’t work too well, the guys had to be ousted.
Once again, there were only BG and Jack, who began writing more new songs. The bands’ name was changed again and Bloodsucker Circus was born. BG got Ville K. into the band, and after playing some time without a drummer, Jack asked his friend from the Steadrell-times to join in as their drummer. This line-up was the first one to work for a while at least. The band played three gigs with this line-up and recorded a song. The bloodsuckers were getting ready to release a five-song EP, when Ville K, the singer started feeling that the band was not going in the same direction as he was. The guys ended up thinking a bit differently about what they wanted to do with the band. Long story short…Ville was kicked out. However, their problems weren’t solved. They found themselves 2 weeks away from their first gig that year and more would follow. They got a friend to play guitar with them for the gigs. Tuukka, the drummer, tried singing at the first gig, but since it didn’t really work, they felt they needed a new singer. After a long search, a friend called Jonny was asked if he wanted to join in as their singer. The gigs went by, and this line-up released two demos. However, Jonny started feeling “it wasn’t his cup of tea”. He quit the band and the guitar-playing friend would soon follow since the band thought that it was for the best to just continue with the original three members. At end of 2009, a friend of the three bloodsuckers, Christopher “Mr. Big C”, asked if he could join in as singer/guitarist, and from then on “BSC” felt that it was complete.
The new singer was made to feel welcome by giving him a shit-load of work to do right from the start: two weeks to learn to sing and play six songs before getting up on stage. There was no time for stage fright; it was only after the gig when everyone kind of realized what had just happened and the kind of pressure Christopher had to work with. From there on the band started doing gigs fairly often to kick up to a higher gear with the new front man. They did gather a lot of experience. The band also recorded a new EP, ‘Fuck the Mainstream!’. Afterwards, they felt that they should have waited a bit longer – or at least rehearsed the songs better – because the CD wasn’t quite what they had planned. Everything was kind of left half way through. It was late too think about it then so the band continued to play more gigs and write new material.
The next demo was recorded the next summer. It actually only had one brand new song, ‘High Time’. This song had been planned for quite a while and everyone was happy to finally get it done. Even more, they were happy with the results. The demo also included a very old song that hadn’t been played for ages and also a re-make of an older song which could be at some level called a hit, ‘Hurricane’. There were a few gigs during the summer and the next autumn. After this, the band decided to go on a short break from doing gigs – mainly to write new material.
About the new EP:
I want to say a few words about our newest EP: ‘Fuck the Mainstream!’…Mr. Big C joined our band couple month before when we began recording in the spring of 2009. Some songs were unfinished and were completed at the studio. We truly needed to get new material out as fast as possible. And do aloooooot of gigs. The whole EP was made by our band, no outsiders were involved. TuHa (drummer) mixed it. We had made a hundred copies of that EP. Now, only a few are left.
Fuck The Mainstream!
- A Guy I Know
- Chinese Granny
- Red Cadillac
- Dirty Legends
- This Ain’t My Life
- 03/05/10 @ Ravintola Rubiini (Helsinki)
- 03/27/10 @ Nuorten Toimintakeskus Happi (Helsinki)
- 04/24/10 @ Oranssiklubi (Helsinki)
For more information about Bloodsucker Circus’ upcoming gigs, please visit their MySpace page.
This Ain’t My Life