Avainsana-arkisto: blues rock

Crossfyre on tour in Germany and Poland, Summer 2017

Howdy-ho, y’all!  Tomorrow morning we will be leaving with Crossfyre to play a set of gigs in Germany and Poland.  For any and all of you who are in the vicinity, be sure to drop in for a southern blues rocking good time!

June 22 – Hamburg, Germany at Cowboy Und Indianer

June 23 – Poznan, Poland at Alligator Club

June 24 – Wiśniew, Poland at Dwór Mościbrody (Gryf Party 2017)

Additional new member in Crossfyre!

Howdy-ho, folks!  It’s been a spell since we’ve updated any news in between playing gigs here and there, but now we have some major news for y’all!

There is a new member in Crossfyre, as we have added a third guitarist in addition to Jaakko Kinnari (who is our full-time six-stringer) and Jay Jay Asikainen (original band member who only joins us on occasion for select gigs).  The new man in the mix is Kai Olavi Järvinen, a long-time gigging musician with over two decades of band experience.  Kai’s been here, there and little bit everywhere, plying his talents, and now, he’s in Crossfyre!

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Kai will be playing his second gig with us this coming Saturday night, April 29 at a private party for Crossfyre vocalist Michael ”StarBuck” Majalahti’s wife Diana’s 30th birthday bash, after which the entire band with new guitarist in tow will head out to play the Wild Viking BBQ Fest in Hanko, Finland on May 27: www.vikingsbbqparty.com

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This summer, Crossfyre will be going once again to Poland and Germany for a set of gigs, including the huge Gryf Party bash in Poland for one of the oldest MC clubs in all of Europe!

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”No Limits” is coming this summer!

Crossfyre has been busy working on our follow-up to our 2014 album Iron Horse.  This third full-length opus from Crossfyre will be carry the name No Limits, and it will be out late this summer 2016!

No Limits was produced by Hannu Leiden and engineered and recorded by Eero Kaukomies at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki.  Mastering was performed by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers in Helsinki.

Here is the cover art for the No Limits album, created by Crossfyre vocalist Michael ”StarBuck” Majalahti:

Crossfyre No Limits digirelease cover

No Limits features the studio line-up of vocalist Majalahti, drummer Danny Cross, Jaakko Kinnari and Jay Jay Asikainen on guitar, keyboardist Jari Ravaska and bassist Dan Rönnbacka.  As mentioned earlier here on our website, Dan Rönnbacka departed from the band immediately after No Limits was recorded, and Sami Salminen is the new live bassist in the group.

No Limits features 12 tracks, of which one is a cover: Golden Earring’s Twilight Zone.  The tracklist for the new album is as follows:

Crossfyre No Limits song listing

New bassist in Crossfyre!

As the old saying goes, ”all good things come to an end”, and so it is with Dan Rönnbacka and the rest of The Crossfyre crew.

Dan informed us that his personal situation and job at present restrict him from taking part in the band as he would wish and as would be needed, and thus, he is opting to drop out.

Dan’s departure was initially a huge blow to Crossfyre, as in addition to being one of the most precise and talented bassists out there, Rönnbacka also handled all of the backing vocals on both the band’s albums as well as live.

We have a new bassist now, and we would publicly like to welcome Sami Salminen to the Crossfyre fold!  Sami played with us at the Tallinn, Estonia Super Rally back in the summer of 2014 when Dan Rönnbacka was unable to play with us, so he is no stranger to our band.

Sami Salminen

Sami was born in 1972 in the eastern swamp area of Finland.  He started playing bass at 13-years of age, and has played in THe Slidemobile, Root Remedy, Mike Estes & Bountyhunters and BigMan to date.  He lists Leon Wilkeson, Steve Harris, Geddy Lee and Lemmy Kilmister as his musical influences.  His favorite bands include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, ZZTop, Motörhead, Rush, LedZeppelin and Deep Purple.  His instrument of choice at the moment is a Gibson Thunderbird 50th anniversary model bass guitar.

 

Crossfyre studio update

Howdy, y’all!  We’ve been busy as of late at Helsinki’s premiere recording place, Sonic Pump Studios, preparing our follow-up album to Iron Horse with producer Hannu Leiden and engineer Eero Kaukomies.

Some days back we laid down the drums and a few bass tracks for the upcoming third Crossfyre album, and we must say, it’s sounding colossal!

We have 12 songs on tap for the next LP, including a cover version of Golden Earring’s classic tune, Twilight Zone, which we have been playing live for well over a year now.

Below you will find a few photos from our Sonic Pump sessions, and next week we head out to Poland and Germany for a set of shows, including the enormous Harley Days festival in Hamburg!

Dan Rönnbacka Danny Cross Danny drumming Drumkit Jay Jay and Eero Sonic Pump Studios

 

Double-ender weekends of Fyre!

We’ve had a helluva couple of past weekends with Crossfyre, playing both the CBF (Free Bikers Finland) one-year anniversary event on January 31 at Bar Loose in Helsinki (in conjunction with the annual Helsinki Motorcycle Expo after party) and Porvoo´n´Blues Vol. 2 in Porvoo, Finland on February 7.

Here are a few pics from the shows!

MP afterparty

Mad Croc's Tuomas dropped by to see the gig in Helsinki (photo:  Tuija Johansson)
Mad Croc’s Tuomas dropped by to see the gig in Helsinki (photo: Tuija Johansson)
StarBuck and Dan Rönnbacka on stage in Helsinki (photo: Tuija Johansson)
StarBuck and Dan Rönnbacka on stage in Helsinki (photo: Tuija Johansson)
Laying it on thick! (photo: Diana Majalahti)
Laying it on thick! (photo: Diana Majalahti)
Crossfyre rocking Porvoo'n'Blues Vol.2 (photo: Diana Majalahti)
Crossfyre rocking Porvoo’n’Blues Vol.2 (photo: Diana Majalahti)

Crossfyre rocking the summer of ’14

After playing a host of gigs across Estonia, Poland and Germany in support of our new ”Iron Horse” album release, Crossfyre performed a few summer festival gigs and biker bashes here in Finland over the past month.

The Harley-Davidson Super Rally 2014 in Tallinn was the definitive highlite of the summer so far, and now the band is preparing to hit a few dates around Finland over the course of next month in August, as band vocalist StarBuck’s pro wrestling commitments have his calendar booked for much of July.

Here are a few Crossfyre gigs to look out for in August:

Friday, August 8 – LEVI @ Wild Ride
Saturday, August 9 – KUUSAMO @ Ravintola Veijo
Friday, August 15 – SAARISELKÄ @ Jänkhällä Jytisee
Saturday, August 16 –  IVALO @ Ravintola Kultahippu

Here are some photos from the Finnbikers forum of the sights and vibes from Crossfyre’s gigs over the summer so far (photos by Tintti):

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