The Flaming Sideburns treat you with a surprise on the verge of summer. On 31 May the band will unleash “Soulshaking”, which marks the first new song from the original line-up in 18 years.
“Soulshaking” proves that Finland’s finest purveyors of garage rock are back for real. The song captures the band raw and alive, straying from catchy rock’n’roll to soulful groove that gets your hips shaking — the sound that made them so special in the first place.
The Flaming Sideburns released their landmark album “Hallelujah Rock’n’rollah” on 1 June 2001, so the new song comes just a day short of its 18th birthday. While the album put the band on top of the early 2000s garage rock revival, it also meant the end of the original line-up. Soon after the release, the guitar player Arimatti Jutila moved to the United States and the band was forced to soldier on with various line-ups.
“Hallelujah Rock’n’Rollah” kept the Flaming Sideburns busy touring across the world, sharing the stages with their original inspirers like The Sonics or The Stooges. It also gained them exposure on U.S. television: “Loose My Soul” was featured on HBO’s “The Wire,” “Flowers” made it to Fox’s “The O.C.” and “Street Survivor” was picked up by Toyota for a tv commercial.
After two more albums, “Sky Pilots” and “Keys to the Highway,” and years of touring, the Flaming Sideburns found themselves inactive for the first time in their career in 2016. That was not bound to last long.
In 2018 the five original members — four Finns led by Argentine-born vocalist Eduardo Martinez — joined forces for a string of shows in The UK, Spain and The Nordics. As soon as they hit the road, new songs started coming out: “Soulshaking” was penned in Bilbao, Spain, on the second day of the tour.
“We had just played the first show in Barcelona, and the sense of ease and energy was filling our bodies. I think that feeling was captured in “Soulshaking”,” says Arimatti Jutila, who co-wrote the song with guitar player Jukka Suksi.
In the dead of winter, The Flaming Sideburns retreated to a secret hiding place in Helsinki to record the first batch of new songs with Jürgen Hendlmeier, the producer of “Hallelujah Rock’n’Rollah.” “Soulshaking” is just a taste of things to come as the sessions will continue in autumn and a full-length album is planned for 2020 — which marks the 25th anniversary of The Flaming Sideburns.
“Soulshaking” is available digitally on Friday, 31 May. A vinyl version will follow later this year.