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Ville Valo & Agents: That inexplicable Badding magic

”On this here worksite somebody up there really loved us”

The album Ville Valo & Agents, based on songs by Rauli ’Badding’ Somerjoki, is out now. Prior to its release we have had the chance to enjoy the first two single picks Orpolapsi kiurun and Ikkunaprinsessa.

Ville Valo debuted as the singer for Agents already twenty years ago in the TV show Laulava sydän. The HIM vocalist’s soulful interpretations won over the TV audience, and especially, guitarist Esa Pulliainen – the seeds for a future collaboration were sown right there, right then. After Pulliainen came across some Badding demo tapes hidden in the darkest corner of his drawer, this unique project was finally born.

The album Ville Valo & Agents contains previously unheard Badding compositions as well as a handful of his much loved classics like Paratiisi, Ikkunaprinsessa and Tähdet tähdet.

”The recording itself went very smoothly, even remarkably smoothly, if you ask me,” producer Pulliainen reveals. ”I guess sometimes things just click right from the word go. This sadly doesn’t happen that often but on this here worksite somebody up there really loved us!

Plus we were well prepared, of course. I had been subconsciously working on the material for three years before I even started thinking arrangements and such. The same goes for Ville: he didn’t have to jump on a fast moving train but had all the time he needed to really dive into the material. I mean, it’s Ville who has had the toughest job here as he had to get under Badding’s skin and at the same time make damn sure he remains himself. My job was easy – I just played the guitar the way I’ve done for the past 40 years.

I remember being in the studio with Badding. The most exciting moment was when it was time to record his vocals – would he or would he not elevate the songs with that strange magic of his? And, lo and behold, he always did! Ville Valo managed to do the same on this album and, let me tell you, that’s worth more than a pot of gold! I’m very proud and happy on behalf of the whole gang.”

Ville Valo & Agents made their live debut at the Emma Gala (the Finnish equivalent of the Grammy Awards) held in early February. Their one-off collaboration continues in the form of a tour that kicks off in March and finishes soon after some handpicked festival appearances in the summer. Most of the shows are already sold out.

Click here for tour info

February 15th 2019

VILLE VALO & AGENTS TOUR TO KICK OFF IN MARCH 2019

The band will make their live debut at the annual Emma Gala on Feb 2, 2019.

The anticipated self-titled album by Ville Valo & Agents, based on songs by the late, legendary Finnish singer Rauli ’Badding’ Somerjoki, will be released on Feb 15, 2019. The release will be followed by a tour kicking off in March. The live set will include fresh interpretations of such Badding classics as Tähdet Tähdet, Paratiisi and Ikkunaprinsessa, as well as the songs from the album including the first single Orpolapsi Kiurun.

”The Agents have been a working band since 1979, so this upcoming Ville Valo & Agents tour is tour number… uh, I don’t know, lost my count already”, guitar legend Esa Pulliainen chuckles. ”I myself started playing live in ’74, when I was barely seventeen - that means that next summer marks my 45th anniversary on the road. The venues and the roadside views have become pretty familiar during those years but I confess that this time ’round I’ll surely have a few butterflies in my stomach. We’ll be touring with the Black Prince himself, Ville Valo!”

The tour will be a one-off collaboration. This means that these upcoming shows offer a truly unique opportunity to witness Ville Valo & Agents live on stage. For the first and last time ever.

”It will be a pleasure and an honour to serve under Captain Pulliainen – and his merry crew! – on this one-time-only exploratory journey through the Finnish wilderness, heading into the blue and white heart of melancholy”, Ville Valo phrases.

Ville Valo & Agents will appear live for the very first time at Emma Gaala, the Finnish equivalent of Grammy Awards, held at Hartwall Arena on Feb 2, 2019.

Click here for dates, venues and ticket info

www.villevaloagents.fi
www.agents.fi
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November 30th 2018

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED VILLE VALO & AGENTS ALBUM RELEASED ON FEB 15, 2019

The anticipated self-titled album by Ville Valo & Agents, based on songs by the late, legendary Finnish singer Rauli ’Badding’ Somerjoki, will be released on Feb 15, 2019. On the album cover singer Ville Valo is holding in his hands a c-cassette with ’Badding’s songs’ scribbled on it.
 
”That particular cassette was our guiding star”, Ville Valo smiles. ”Hidden somewhere among the tape hiss were the rudimentary melodies of the songs Orpolapsi kiurun and Tuutulaulu - gently crooned by Badding - and Monsieur Pulliainen went and discovered them. It goes without saying that this Holy Grail from Somero deserves its center stage spot!”

The pre-sale of the Ville Valo & Agents album will start tomorrow, Friday Nov 23.

The band Agents, led by guitarist Esa Pulliainen and the frontman of the recently disbanded HIM, Ville Valo, collaborated for the first time nearly twenty years ago. Last year Pulliainen came across some previously unheard demo cassettes by Badding and this resulted in a long-awaited reunion. The first single off the album, Orpolapsi kiurun, was released in September.

Album tracklist:
1. Kirstinkulma
2. Ikkunaprinsessa
3. Orpolapsi kiurun
4. Paratiisi
5. Rockin’ with Enzio
6. Kuihtuu kesäinen maa
7. Kettu
8. Tähdet tähdet
9. Syksyn lapsia
10. Mä haluan sun
11. I told you so
12. Tuutulaulu

www.villevaloagents.fi
www.agents.fi
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November 22nd 2018

ARION supporting Battle Beast in Europe

Arion proudly announce European supporting tour 2019 for the new album LIFE IS NOT BEAUTIFUL.

02.04. DE - Bielefeld - Forum
03.04. DE - Leipzig - Hellraiser
04.04. PL - Warsaw - Proxima
05.04. PL - Krakow - Klub Kwadrat
07.04. PL - Poznan - u Bazyla
08.04. DE - Berlin - Lido
10.04. DE - Bochum - Zeche
11.04. DE - Saarbrücken - Garage
12.04. DE - Nuremberg - Hirsch
13.04. DE - Mannheim - Delta Metal Meeting
14.04. AT - Vienna - Szene
16.04. CH - Pratteln - Z7
17.04. IT - Milan - Legend Club
18.04. FR - Lyon - Ninkasi Kao
19.04. ES - Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
20.04. ES - Madrid - But
21.04. ES - Sevilla - Custom
23.04. PT - Lisbon - Lisboa ao Vivo
25.04. ES - Bilbao - Santana 27
26.04. FR - Toulouse - Le Connexion
27.04. FR - Clermont-Ferrand - La Coopérative de Mai
28.04. FR - Paris - Le Trabendo
30.04. UK - KLondon - The Dome
01.05. NL - Leiden - Gebr. De Nobel
03.05. DE - Munich - Backstage
04.05. DE - Stuttgart - Im Wizemann
05.05. BE - Vosselaar - Biebob
07.05. DE - Hanover - MusikZentrum
08.05. DE - Hamburg - Markthalle
09.05. DK - Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
10.05. SE - Gothenburg - Pustervik
11.05. SE - Stockholm - Klubben
12.05. NO - Oslo - Parkteatret

October 25th 2018

Ville Valo, Agents and Badding: Orpolapsi kiurun

It was almost 20 years ago that Ville Valo and Agents joined forces for the first time. The much-loved fruits of that collaboration have kept fans eagerly waiting for a sequel. Now this long wait is over - the brand new single by Ville Valo & Agents is called Orpolapsi kiurun (Orphan Child of the Skylark) and it is released today, on Friday 21 Sep.The song was written by the late, legendary Finnish singer Rauli ’Badding’ Somerjoki and the recording contains the voice of the author himself.

Orphan Child of the Skylark, not your everyday title for a pop song, now is it? On Rauli’s original demo it was called Lamppu palaa ikkunassa (Lamp Burning in the Window), though. That’s not bad either but I must confess that the image of an orphan child of a skylark takes you deep deep into Badding’s soul. Even our Black Prince informed us right away that thisshould be the title of the song! It was actually the first song Ville picked from the demo. This song is just so essentially Rauli. His style, his persona, his way of writing lyrics – it all shines through. And it is a quality tune as well – in my humble opinion we have a new Badding classic in our hands”, Esa Pulliainen, guitar virtuoso and musical leader of Agents, states.

Ville Valo & Agents are currently in the studio working on an album containing previously unreleased Badding songs. The album will be released in early 2019 and the release will be followed by a tour.

It was almost 20 years ago that Ville Valo and Agents joined forces for the first time. The much-loved fruits of that collaboration have kept fans eagerly waiting for a sequel. Now this long wait is over - the brand new single by Ville Valo & Agents is called Orpolapsi kiurun (Orphan Child of the Skylark) and it is released today, on Friday 21 Sep.The song was written by the late, legendary Finnish singer Rauli ’Badding’ Somerjoki and the recording contains the voice of the author himself.

Orphan Child of the Skylark, not your everyday title for a pop song, now is it? On Rauli’s original demo it was called Lamppu palaa ikkunassa (Lamp Burning in the Window), though. That’s not bad either but I must confess that the image of an orphan child of a skylark takes you deep deep into Badding’s soul. Even our Black Prince informed us right away that thisshould be the title of the song! It was actually the first song Ville picked from the demo. This song is just so essentially Rauli. His style, his persona, his way of writing lyrics – it all shines through. And it is a quality tune as well – in my humble opinion we have a new Badding classic in our hands”, Esa Pulliainen, guitar virtuoso and musical leader of Agents, states.

Ville Valo & Agents are currently in the studio working on an album containing previously unreleased Badding songs. The album will be released in early 2019 and the release will be followed by a tour.

>> listen on Spotify

www.villevaloagents.fi
www.agents.fi
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www.facebook.com/villevalovirallinen


September 21st 2018

Swedish Grande Royale arrives to Finland for the first time in February

Swedish band Grande Royale, which has ben called a successor of Hellacopters, will play its straightforward garage-rock for the first time Finland in February. The band will start their Finnish tour from legendary Tavastia-club on February 7th and will continue to Vaasa, Oulu and Levi afterwards.


"If you have any love lost for The Hellacopters this might very well be your next fix." - Rocknload Mag

"the band basks in a classic heavy rock sunshine and analog depth, leaving no room for pretense when it comes to bringing forth '70s influences as filtered through more modern garage push." - The Obelisk

“healthy helpings of rock 'n' roll that fall somewhere between classic Motor City madness and chaw spittin' southern rock. " - Decibel Magazine


Tour dates: 

Wed 7.2. Helsinki, Tavastia
Pre-tickets from Tiketti. Prices: 15€ pre-tickets / 18€ from door. Support: The Empire Strikes.

Thu 8.2. Vaasa, Butcher & Banker 
Free entry.

Fri 9.2. Oulu, 45 Special                                                              .           Pre-tickets from Tiketti and from 45special. Prices: 12€ pre-tickets / 15€ from door. Support: Temple Balls.

Sat 10.2. Sirkka/Levi, Hullu Porock
Levi Hullu PoRockin tickets from Tiketti. Support: Temple Balls.

 

Listen to Breaking News –album here

Watch the bands videos here

https://www.facebook.com/GR.sweden/


January 8th 2018

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Kari Peitsamo
Kypck
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Liljan Loisto
Musta Paraati
Olli Herman Duo
RAMBO RIMBAUD
Reckless Love
Temple Balls
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