Avainsana-arkisto: Crossfyre

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 rocks Harley Days 2015

Hey y’all!  We just got back from a tour through Poland and Germany, where we played the gigantic Harley Days 2015 event in Hamburg on June 27 alongside UFO from England.

Over 100 000 Harley’s streamed into Hamburg from all over Europe and about 500 000 visitors over the weekend of June 26-28 for Harley Days 2015.

A big thanks to all the fine folks who came out for our set of shows in Poland and Germany, and especially a big shout-out to Sven Hartwig from the Cowboy Und Indianer music bar, where we played our last gig on June 28 before heading back to Finland.

Crossfyre lead singer Michael’s wife Diana Majalahti took the following pics from the tour:

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Professional photographer Frank Schwichtenberg sent in these photos from Harley Days:

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Some more random pics from the tour, taken from Facebook:

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Next up, we play another biker bash here in Finland on the island of Mossala on July 10, organized by Free Bikers Finland, called the Mossala Run.  Be there!

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

 

Blues, Bikes & BBQ Rally 2015

This past Saturday night in Turenki, Finland, Crossfyre played the Blues, Bikes & BBQ Rally, organized by Custom Bikers Finland and Free Bikers Finland.

Photo by Diana Majalahti
Photo by Diana Majalahti

The weather was chilly to say the least, with everyone’s fingers feeling more like icicles than digits, due to the near-Arctic spring temperatures.

Photo by Kirsi Pynnönen
Photo by Kirsi Pynnönen

Our 45-minute set saw the bikers grooving away, albeit well-inebriated, as we tore through a short, but effective set of originals and a few cover songs before the midnight curfew hit, as the venue was lakeside with a housing area surrounding the shoreline.

Photo by Kirsi Pynnönen
Photo by Kirsi Pynnönen

Next up, Crossfyre hits Sonic Pump Studios next week to lay down tracks for our third LP outing, yet to be named.  From there, we head to Poland and Germany on tour in the latter half of June, before returning to Finland for a summer full of gigs.

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!

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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)