RELEASE DATE: 10/11/2017
Santa Cruz - Bad Blood Rising
"We are really excited to start working with M-Theory Audio, and be part of a new label and new team", explains Santa Cruz singer Archie. "This album has probably both the heaviest and the softest Santa Cruz moments on it. We didn't intentionally try to come up with something totally different than before, but I guess some of the new influences we've picked up along the way can be heard on these songs", states guitarist Johnny. "At the end of the day the apple didn't fall all that far from the tree. People can still expect the Santa Cruz sound. The fast guitars and heavy drums are still there, just served with a different sauce. All in all, we see 'Bad Blood Rising' as a comeback album. A start of a new era. It's like what Archie is singing in ‘River Phoenix': 'We're going down like River Phoenix, to rise up from the ashes once again'." After an attention-grabbing EP five years ago, Santa Cruz signed to Spinefarm Records and in 2013 released their full-length debut, "Screaming For Adrenaline". The album was released to rave reviews and cracked the Finnish Top 40. It saw the sound of Santa Cruz truly take flight, assaulting the ears with an explosion of pure adrenaline and attitude in the form of honest rock 'n' roll and virtuoso musicianship. That same year, the band signed an international booking deal with TKO Agency (Motörhead, Anthrax) and in addition to the complete conquest of Finnish stages big and small, Santa Cruz subsequently played their first three British tours, as well as first visits to Germany and Belgium supporting their heroes Skid Row. In between all the touring, Santa Cruz somehow also found a way to squeeze in the recording of their eponymous second album, which debuted at #3 on the Finnish charts upon its release in 2015 and featured "We Are The Ones To Fall" – the most aired song of the year on the Finnish nationwide station Radio Rock. The band also appeared in a Mercedes-Benz commercial and on the AXS-TV show Breaking Bands. After additional extensive touring around the world (including three jaunts to America, where they performed with Amaranthe, I Prevail and Sebastian Bach, as well as before thousands at the Rock On The Range festival in 2015), the band now returns with its raucous third CD, "Bad Blood Rising". Be prepared for this "Young Blood Rising".