Sturm Und Drang - Biography

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The band started in 2004 when André Linman and Henrik Kurkiala were on their way home from a Judas Priest concert. The name for the band was suggested by Henrik's father. Shortly afterwards Jesper Welroos and Calle Fahllund joined the band, and they had their first practice in Calle's basement. A few weeks later they performed in their first concert. Later they realized that they needed one more guitar player, and Alexander Ivars became their fifth member. The band got more gigs and played at Stafettkarnevalen 2004 in Vaasa, also making a cover of Dio's Rainbow In The Dark. In 2007, they already played as the headline on Stafettkarnevalen.

André, Jesper, Calle, Alexander and Henrik belong to the minority of Swedish-speaking Finns. When their first album was published in 2007, the boys were only 15-16 years old.

In 2005 they made the demo Rising Son which they sent to Helsinki Music Company. The boss for HMC, Asko Kallonen, who had not taken them seriously, changed opinion after hearing them play live with the Swedish garage rock band The Hellacopters. He gave the band their record deal, and shortly afterwards they started to record their first album, Learning To Rock. In 2007 they also got a new record company, GUN Records, which will release their debut album in the whole of Europe except for Scandinavia.

After the 30 May release of their album in Finland, Learning to Rock climbed to number three on the official chart of record sales in Finland .

After touring Finland, Central Europe and Japan for over 100 shows, they have fueled up the engine with ten new powerful and catchy rock tunes. The sophomore release "Rock 'n Roll Children" is a dynamic combination of fast and furious metal songs and rock gems with huge sing-along choruses.

Having formed the band as young as at the age of 13, Sturm und Drang have developed remarkably fast to a noteworthy heavy metal band with a good bit of mainstream appeal. Now around 18 and 19 years old, the band members are both, skillful musicians and charismatic performers, who know how to communicate with their audience.

Already now, Sturm und Drang have experienced more than an average teenager could even wish for, and the story sees no ending. On their journey so far the group of five teenagers has seen numerous sold-out venues, award ceremonies and thousands of screaming fans all around the world. Making waves here and there, Sturm und Drang have toured Scandinavia, Central Europe and Japan, opened for Apocalyptica on their European tour and played Wacken Open Air for two consecutive years.

As of February 12-th 2010, Henrik Kurkiala (bass player) is no longer a part of the band. André, Jeppe, Calle and Alex are currently in the search for a replacement bassist, who will become a permanent band member. The 4 boys are also busy with the making of their third album, whose title is still unknown.