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Santa Cruz (band)

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Years active  2007–present
Origin  Helsinki, Finland (2007)
Website  www.santacruz.fi
Genres  Glam metal, Metalcore
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Albums  Screaming for Adrenaline, Santa Cruz, Anthems for the Young 'n' Restless
Members  Arttu Kuosmanen, Joonas Parkkonen, Mitja Toivonen, Tapani Fagerström
Record labels  Spinefarm Records, Universal Music Group
Similar  Archie Cruz, Reckless Love, Jussi 69, The Local Band, Nikke Ankara

Santa Cruz is a Finnish glam metal band formed in 2007 in Helsinki by Archie Kuosmanen and Johnny Parkkonen. The following year, bass player Middy Toivonen joined in. The band released two demos in 2008-2009. After changing a number of temporary drummers, they settled for a full-time drummer, Taz Fagerström in 2009 becoming a 4-member band. After a self-released EP of 6 songs titled Anthems for the Young 'n' Restless, they signed with Finnish Spinefarm Records in 2012 and released their first studio album Screaming for Adrenaline in April 2013. Their eponymous 2nd album Santa Cruz was released in March 2015. The album featured a heavier sound than the previous and the band has described its sound as "glamcore".


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Their debut album reached no. 27 on Finnish album chart and their second album debuted as no. 3.

The songs of the band have appeared in a TV commercial of Mercedes-Benz and in sports compilation clips of U.S. ESPN television network. The band had live shows in England, Belgium and Germany in 2013. In 2015, the band made a European tour of 27 gigs. In 2016, the band toured with Sebastian Bach in the U.S.

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The vocalist of the band Archie Kuosmanen has appeared in "Local band" lineup with Alexi Laiho (of Children of Bodom), Olli Herman (of Reckless Love) and Jussi 69 (of the 69 Eyes).

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  • Arttu "Archie" Kuosmanen - vocals, rhythm and lead guitar, acoustic guitar (2007–present)
  • Joonas "Johnny" Parkkonen - lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, backing vocals (2007–present)
  • Mitja "Middy" Toivonen - bass, backing vocals (2008–present)
  • Tapani "Taz" Fagerström - drums, percussion, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Studio Albums

  • 2013: Screaming for Adrenaline
  • 2015: Santa Cruz
  • 2017: TBA
  • Singles

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  • 2013: Relentless Renegades
  • 2013: Alive
  • 2013: Nothing Compares To You
  • 2014: We Are The Ones To Fall
  • 2014: Wasted And Wounded
  • 2015: My Remedy
  • 2015: Let Them Burn
  • 2016: Skydiving Without A Parachute
  • 2016: Drag Me Down
  • EPs

  • 2009: Another Rush of Adrenaline
  • 2011: Anthem for the Young 'n' Restless
  • Music Videos

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  • Anthem for the Young 'n' Restless (2011)
  • Aiming High (2013)
  • Relentless Renegades (2013)
  • Nothing Compares to You (2013)
  • We Are the Ones to Fall (2014)
  • Wasted And Wounded (2014)
  • My Remedy (2015)
  • Let Them Burn (2015)

  • Songs

    We Are the Ones to FallSanta Cruz · 2015
    Wasted & WoundedSanta Cruz · 2015
    Aiming HighScreaming for Adrenaline · 2013


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