The Valkyrians

The Valkyrians

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The Valkyrians, a five-piece ska patrol from the Finnish capital Helsinki. Their groovy tunes are a mix of early reggae, traditional 60’s Jamaican ska and British two tone, spiced up with a fresh touch. When it comes to playing live, The Valkyrians have become a stamp of quality and intensity.

Biography

Something pretty unexpected is going on in Finland. All of a sudden deep, emotional, percussive and hugely enjoyable rhythm music is breaking through. There are bands who funk like brothers in the 70’s, there are bands who take their 60’s soul at least as far as the amy winehouses of this world have done. And then there are The Valkyrians who combine early reggae, ska and rock steady to make music that nobody does any better. No wonder the world is getting ready to listen.

First there was a wedding party. And five friends who had played in different kinds of bands all their lives; from post punk to grunge, combining jazz from hell to flowery pop. Suddenly they realised that people really want to get up and dance, ”free your mind and your ass will follow” as George Clinton once famously put it.

So they just had to form this band. First a few clubs, then festivals and all kinds of awards: ”The Most Dancable Act of 2006”, ”Best Song Of 2006” to name just two. Then the word got around in ska circles and soon they had to take their action to mainland Europe too. Now, a couple of years later they can actually think of Berlin as their second home town.

So what is behind all this? What is their mission? As the mercurially fast front man Angster puts it: ”We want the people to get on their feet and move it. There is no other way to tell if the audience really is with us. Once they start to shake it, we just know it”.

Their debut album ”High And Mighty” (2006) reached #26 on the national Finnish album chart and got a lot of air play on dozens of radio stations all over Finland. It was also released in Germany, Benelux countries and Spain in 2007.

The second album to be released later this year will mix chinese taikonauts with eerie theremin sounds, massive rhythms, a in-your-face horn section and brand new self-penned songs. The album will remind everyone that ska music is being born again at this very moment.

What time is it? Valkyrian time!

Discography

Albums
- The Beat Of Our Street (released 30.09.2009 by Stupido Records licensed by Pork Pie Records)
- High And Mighty (released 6.2.2006 by BALE Inc. licensed by Pork Pie Records)

SINGLES
- Ranking Fullstop (2006 BALE Inc.)
- Do You Really Wanna Know (2007 BALE Inc.)
- Hooligans (2007 BALE Inc.)

EP
- Miracle (released Oct 2004 by Semi Sounds)

COMPILATIONS
- The Sun Of The Beach 2 - Ska (2008)
- Wahrschauer (Winter 07/08)
- United Colors of Ska 4 (September 2007 Pork Pie Records)
- Rock´n´Roll Circus Tour No 1 (2007)
- Ox (April 2007)
- Riddim (May 2007)
- Sue CD 8 (2006)
- Goodness Gracious - Reggae from Finland (released Oct 2005 by Fat Belt Records)

Set List

1.- REGGAE ALLNIGHTER
2.- COMING ON TIME
3.- DON´T TELL ME LIES
4.- I WANT TO SEE SOME ACTION
5.- NOT THIS TIME
6.- THE RAIN IS THE SAME
7.- QUEEN OF HEARTS
8.- THE BEAT
9.- VAL KILMER
10.- 54-46 (Toots & The Maytals cover)
11.- HOLD ON RUDY
12.- BRING BACK THE REGGAE
13.- C´MON OFFICER
14.- HOOLIGANS (Bob Marley cover)
15.- DO YOU REALLY WANNA KNOW
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Encore
16.- BIG SIX (Judge Dread cover)
17.- TOO DRUNK TO FUCK (Dead Kennedys cover)
18.- I DONT WANNA GO HOME

Total Time: About 1 hour 15 minutes.