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SANTA CRUZ To Release Bad Blood Rising Album In November

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Friday, September 8, 2017 @ 2:06 PM


Out November 10th; Band Signs With M-Theory Audio

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Praised this year by Rolling Stone magazine as “One of the Top 10 bands you need to know” for their “debaucherous, flamboyant flair,” SANTA CRUZ is a Finnish modern hard rock band formed with the mutual aspiration of playing their rear ends off and kicking people’s derrieres. Inspired initially by the likes of MOTLEY CRUE and GUNS N’ ROSES, the young group developed a strong buzz through stupefying live shows and two well-received albums on Spinefarm Records where they took their throwback hard rock sound and combined it with elements of modern rock, punk and metal, put it in their own special blender, then iced the mix with blinding energetic performances and a healthy dash of bad attitude!

M-Theory Audio is pleased to announce the signing of this promising young group to their roster in a continued effort to bring you the best, promising new bands from every niche of the metal/hard rock world.

“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.

The band already released the record’s infectious first single, “River Phoenix” earlier this summer (streaming below), but Friday Sept 15th brings the next digital single release with “Young Blood Rising”; a promo video will follow soon in the coming weeks. Both tracks come from the group’s forthcoming slab Bad Blood Rising, to be released Nov. 10th on CD, limited-edition colored vinyl and via digital outlets. Pre-order now at www.m-theoryaudio.com/store The band has a European tour set for Nov – Dec, with plans to return to the States in the new year.

“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 (MOTORHEAD, 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 group now returns with their raucous third LP Bad Blood Rising. Be prepared for this “Young Blood Rising”.


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