The 69 Eyes
In 1989, a small gathering of young rockers, clad in makeup and mystique got together to be bound on an adventure that would see them create a new form of cult, an open, loving cult for the dark masses to congregate around. “Ever since the first rehearsals I felt that we had something magical coming” singer Jyrki 69. They would later be known as ‘The Helsinki Vampires’. “The Helsinki Vampires – does us justice. We’re the band that time forgot. We’re the band that refuses to die. We’re the band that refuses to change members. In all these years, we never saw a reason to stop” says Jyrki.
As The 69 Eyes celebrate their 30th anniversary with the release of their new record, West End, Jyrki demonstrates the very ethos that any aspiring musician should live by - Do what you want to do and do what you feel is right. Even though the band's perception of the outside world may be that of a world that has forgotten them, it’s important to remember that they have no need to please the world, just themselves. Their passion is their own success story. Their integrity and honesty in staying true to who they are is the reason they’ve come this far. The 69 Eyes follow their own path and with it, they have left behind an iconic trail that many follow, and even worship.
The 69 Eyes are now on the verge of releasing their 12th studio album, West End, and the artwork alone is a brilliant example of their simple, yet effective, dark and mysterious image. It’s this very image that has fascinated fans all over the world for so many years. It’s also an image they manage to embed in every record they release. The 69 Eyes have always managed to seamlessly integrate, rock, goth, and even elements of pop into their albums without ever becoming a commercial stereotype of their own characters.
When you sit down to hit play on a band's 12th studio album, you can’t help but think “I know exactly what I’m going to hear, they’ll be nothing new here”. You expect to tap your foot gently as you indulge in yet another offering from a band you’ve loved for so many years. What you generally don’t expect to happen is feel an enormous wave of “holy shit” within the first ten seconds of the opening single, Two Horns Up, in this case. And what an incredibly apt title for the first track on this record. 30 years on and 12 albums later, The 69 Eyes still make you want to smash back 10 shots of Jägermeister, throw the bottle against the wall and dive off the nearest stage. How on Earth any group of people can still inject this amount of energy into a record 3 decades into their career is quite frankly astonishing.
West End also features appearances from three highly acclaimed vocalists on ‘Two Horns Up’ and ‘The Last House On The Left’ – CRADLE OF FILTH’s hellish frontman Dani Filth, the Duke Of Spook WEDNESDAY 13 and Alice Cooper’s daughter and Beastö Blancö vocalist Calico Cooper.
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‘Change’ will give you that fix of an underworld anthem, ‘Burn Witch Burn’ can offer you some ‘Never Say Die’ vibes, and, ‘Hell Has No Mercy’ will be the death of you. ‘The Last House On The Left’ will make you just want to break shit and smear eyeliner across your face, but in a good way.
The 69 Eyes have created a truly iconic image for themselves. The original Goth Rockers, The Helsinki Vampires, we raise our dark glasses to you and congratulate you on 30 years of amazing music and we thank you for another incredibly memorable album, West End.
I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!CONTACT ME HERE
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In November, THE 69 EYES will hit the road to play a European tour and have announced the German gothic rock institution LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE as support for their West End Tour 2019.
See the full touring schedule here:
20.09. FIN Viking Grace, Turku – Stockholm – Turku
25.09. FIN Tampere - Klubi
28.09. FIN Ähtäri - Club B 52
04.10. FIN Hämeenlinna - Aulanko Areena
05.10. FIN Mikkeli - Wilhelm Public House
10.10. FIN Kuopio - Henry’s Pub
11.10. FIN Joensuu - Ravintola Kerubi
12.10. FIN Kotka - Ravintola Leikari
25.10. FIN Jyväskylä - Lutakko
26.10. FIN Seinäjoki - Rytmikorjaamo
01.11. FIN Helsinki - Tavastia
THE 69 EYES - West End Tour 2019
w/ LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE
02.11. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
03.11. D Berlin - SO36
05.11. D Hamburg - Logo
06.11. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
07.11. D Stuttgart - Wizemann Club
08.11. D Munich - Backstage (Halle)
09.11. CZ Prague - Meet Factory
11.11. PL Wroclaw - Stary Klasztor
12.11. HU Budapest - Barba Negra
13.11. SK Bratislava - Atelier Babylon
14.11. AT Vienna - Chelsea
16.11. IT Parma - Campus Music Industry
17.11. CH Pratteln - Z7
19.11. D Trier - Mergener Hof
20.11. F Paris - Backstage by the Mill
21.11. UK London - The Garage
23.11. D Oberhausen - Kulttempel
24.11. D Frankfurt – Zoom
Catch THE 69 EYES also in 2020:
06.03. LVA Riga - Melna Piektdiena
07.03. LTU Vilnius - Vakaris
08.03. BLR Minsk - Republic
10.03. UKR Lviv - Festrepublic
11.03. RUS Kiev - Atlas
13.03. RUS St.Petersburg - Zal
14.03. RUS Moscow - RED
16.03. RUS Khabarovsk - Velicano
17.03. RUS Vladivostok - Kraft