The Rasmus Biography
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On a cold winter day nine years ago The Rasmus, (now one of Finland’s most respected bands), stepped on stage for the first time at their high school in the Finnish capital Helsinki. Never did these guys expect that nearly ten years later they would be receiving several gold and platinum records as well as several Finnish Grammy awards and a following of tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans.
IN THE BEGINNING
At the sprouting age of sixteen, they reached their goals quickly and their dreams of rock stardom become a reality. The four friends made a conscious conclusion that the music scene in Finland sucked and needed a change or at least a fresh approach.
In 1996, The Rasmus released their debut album Peep. It did not take long
for the album sell gold. The timing was right for this new generation of
rock bands and The Rasmus took the listening public and critics by storm.
"We were just kids who were let loose on a playground", singer Lauri
The band passed the grueling limit of performing over one hundred gigs in a year’s time. Shortly after this, the band crawled back into the studio to record their second album Playboys. Yes, it also sold gold very quickly. By then, The Rasmus had established themselves as a household name in Finland. Soon after, The Rasmus received their first Finnish Grammy, (called Emma in Finnish), in the category of Best New Act. The tempo of success built momentum and The Rasmus supported shows with Rancid, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Garbage during at these artist’s shows in Finland.
In 1999, The Rasmus, as energetic and productive as they are released their third album Hellofatester. The Single, Liquid, was voted, by both critics and fans as The Year’s Best Single.
MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH ON NEW RECORD LABEL
In 2001, The Rasmus were ready for a major breakthrough. After signing to
Playground Music Scandinavia in Stockholm, Sweden the band came back with a
smash hit single F-f-f-falling.
"We were so nervous about that song. It was obviously either a hit or a
flop", The Rasmus’ members remember.
A flop it was not! The single shot like a bullet straight to number one, selling Platinum and being the biggest hit of the year in Finland. The album Into followed a couple of months later and charged the charts like a rocket. Into has sold over 67 000 to date, which is well over double platinum! After the success of Into and F-f-f-falling, The Rasmus performed at every major music festival in Finland.
Up to this point, any international releases had been minimal. With the great story building in Finland, The Rasmus went abroad supporting acts such as: HIM, Roxette and the Spanish rock band Dover in Germany, Scandinavia and
Latvia. The Rasmus traveled in Europe, did promotion and performances on TV
shows and were interviewed by European music press and they sure charmed
everyone they met.
Following the tour with the Spanish rock band Dover the band flew to Italy
to record a live acoustic performance with Viva TV and do several
interviews. The Rasmus then flew quickly to Finland for the Finnish Grammy
Awards Show where they performed a song and swept all the major categories
by collecting new Grammies for:
Best band, Best single (F-f-f-falling), Best rock/pop band and Album Of The Year.
Energetic, rambunctious and powerful are three words that describe The
Rasmus best. Lauri, a singer whose voice is full of fire and soaring beauty,
is also one of the most appreciated composers in Finland today.
"My lyrics are always personal and every word has a meaning that reminds me
of something that has happened", the singer says. Pauli is an excellent guitarist, but he has also been recognized as a producer (Producer of the year at the Finnish Grammy 2001). He has helped Finnish bands like Killer and Kwan to create number 1# hits!
"The best advice I've been given is that if you have knowledge, share it", Pauli answers, when asked why he wanted to become a producer. Aki joined the band in 1999. Before that, he was selling The Rasmus merchandise at their shows.
"Pauli asked me to join after we had jammed together. Which is great, because I pretty much suck in everything else but playing the drums", Aki laughs sarcastically.
Eero, who is definitely the calmest man in the band, plays the bass. He finds his strength in meditation and music. "Sahaja yoga gives me a peace of mind", the soulful bass player explains.
THE NEW ALBUM 'DEAD LETTERS'
The first single from the album is entitled: In The Shadows, released January 10th 2003 in Finland and a few weeks later in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Baltic countries.
“Each song is a letter to somebody. It could be an apology, confession or cry out for help", singer Lauri explains his lyrics on the album, entitled: Dead Letters.
The Rasmus returned to Sweden to record, because they wanted to work again with Mikael Nord Anderson and Martin Hansen at Nord Studios, who were also responsible for producing the massively successful album Into.
"Martin and Micke made me smoke cigarettes, if my voice didn't sound rough enough", Lauri says with a wink. In addition, the band endlessly watching horror movies colored the making of the album.
"We watched so many horror movies that each of us had nightmares", the band members laughed.
The Rasmus play rock, but in every song there is a strong melody flavored with a catchy chorus. Dead Letters touches with its raw and naked sounds. "The album is darker, moodier and dreamier than anything we have done before", Eero (bass) concludes.
Taken from The Rasmus's page...
Thanks to Eliis Björksdottir for submitting the biography.
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message to rasmusers | Reviewer: rasmuslover | 9/8/13
BEST BAND EVER. Lauri's lyrics are close to classic poetry! Deep meanings. I think he puts his soul in what he creates. Many people were laughing on me because I listen to them but you know what? I DON'T GIVE A FUCKING FUCK! Rasmusers over the world just get together and support what you love: THE RASMUS!
LAURI YLONEN | Reviewer: PARISA | 7/8/10
HI MY NAME IS PARISA. WITH ALL MY SOUL I AM IN LOVE WITH LAURI.LAURI!BECAUSE OF YOUR RIGHT NOW I AM LIVING.I PRISE YOU.I WISH I CAN SEE YOU FROM NEAR AND KISS YOUR HANDS THAT ARE PLAYING SO BEAUTIFUL. YOU ARE PORTRITS OF ROCK MUSIC UNIVERSE.YOUR PLACE IS IN THE SKY,BESIDE ANGELS. BECAUSE YOU ARE ANGEL,NOT HUMAN.YOU CAME LIKE A STAR,AND YOU LIKE MOONLIGHT YOU WILL BE PERMANENT.YOU WILL REMAIN IN MY HEART FOREVER. BUT ALAS,THAT I WILL NEVER SEE YOU FROM NEAR.AND YOU WILL SHINE LIKE MOONLIGHT IN THE SKY FOREVER.
so, my opinion | Reviewer: shadowcat | 4/30/10
I can deeply agree with you, Laura. They are far the most respectable musicians I've ever known. Their music has a real magic, which I can't express with words, actually. They are also wonderful as person: they're nice to their fans, they have such great personality, they do music by heart. I give a lot of inspiration from them: when I listen to their music, when I see a picture, I am thinking about writing lyrics and poems for/about them.
Furthermore, I really don't understand why lots of people(I call them "legendlovers") hate them :@ Just because their music isn't toooooooooo complicated? Just because they dare to be different to the other band?
I must to admit something. I also love them because they seem and they are so modest, they don't have that typical "Iamsuchahugemusician" mentality.
I am so grateful for them, they changed my life. God bless them.
Lauri Ylonen- | Reviewer: Amber | 4/26/10
I love the Rasmus! Best band in the world, and I wish they would come over to Guernsey some time... Plus I think Lauri Ylonen has a brilliant soulful voice, and he also really really gorgeous which helps too ;) Luv you Lauri <3 xx
the best | Reviewer: laura | 12/8/09
this is what they are. simply the best musicians i've ever known.
15 years of music, of fantastic moments and memories, of masterpieces for me and for music itself.
love these guys and their work, every single thing they do.... producing, playing, singing, writing songs... they are true artists.
i owe a lot to these guys. and many people out there should take them as a huge example.
thank you THE RASMUS <3
me + rasmus = true love | Reviewer: Lintu | 1/20/09
the rasmus' music gave me inspiration in the darkest of times. they have gotten me through so so so much and I must say that everyone is only obsessed with Lauri and his beautiful voice and no one ever listens to the music anymore. I love these guys because they give meaning to music and their lyrics always have an explanation in some way.
Poetry and Perfectionism | Reviewer: JOSIE .... England | 12/18/08
I have been enjoying the music of The Rasmus for quite some time now and I just felt i had to write and remind everyone of how brilliant this Band is.
Great lyrics, haunting melodies, musicianship and composition of the highest quality and expertise. There is absolutely nothing to fault them on....... except.... WHY DONT YOU COME PLAY HERE SOON??????
Thanks for reading. Josie.
hamid /iran | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/30/08
holla, i've heard their songs (like IN THE SHADOW, Falling,...) but inever couldnt match with them, till these days. i've listen to their new album for at least 100 times in these days and i Extremely loved them. i dont know if there is a magic in his sound or not but i really like'em now! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Rsmus are a talented and brilliant band as is their music. | Reviewer: Andonis | 4/25/08
The Rasmus's music and songs are unlike any other music or songs I would not decribe them asa another pop band thier lyrics are not pop neither is their music Iv'e heard both Dead Letters and Hide from the Sun no pop upon either of both albums its just music and songs that does not suit them as a band thier lyrics sound as if they havea calmin and relaxin element to calm and relax the fan or lisitiner.Thats about all Iv'e thought of typin here.
sandy | Reviewer: sandy | 4/16/08
well, what can I say!! I´m an argentinian girl who just know some of the lyrics of the band! Well I like them so much and I´m interesting in the band history!!!! Í guess that they are great and I hope they came some day to Argentain
Sorry if I had made a grammar mistake!!!!
the rasmus the one i love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/8/07
i love them very much.i always listening to them.and Luari is my love <my favorite guy.
A girl from IRAN
where have you gone? | Reviewer: vicki scriven | 6/14/07
hiya what has happened to the rasmus you seemed to have disapeared but we your fans are wandreing where have you gone?
martha90 | Reviewer: martha | 6/12/07
hola ami m encanta the rasmus y sobretodo lauri es mi adoracion net se los juro en bue pla lo ampo espero k e firme o lgo en mi correo soy su super fan la rola de guilty e in the shadow me encantan tambien la perfect person aunk no ellos lo cantan perome gustaria que el lo hiciera espero k tomen ese punto mio jejej chao nos vemos
The Rasmus is the # 1 | Reviewer: ksenka | 6/5/07
I love "The Rasmus" its one of my favorite bands...I love the songs they have ALL OF THEM....I would just like to say that The Rasmus are the best band i have ever heard. i love Lauri soooooo much he is so gorgeous! He has such a sexy voice!
I LOVE THEM SSSSSOOOOOOOO MUCH | Reviewer: suzi_da_lauri_girlf | 4/23/07
the rasmus rock they are ay-may-zing! Lauri is the hottest, sexiest guy EVA and i would do anything to meet him. they change their styles and dead letters and hide from the sun are so cool. into is the BEST!!!!!!! COME BACK TO ENGLAND GUYS WE LOVE YOU!!!!
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