Finnish hard rock band THE RAGGED SAINTS has completed mixing its as-yet-untitled debut album at Sonic Pump Studios with Nino Laurenne. The CD is currently being shopped to interested record labels for a tentative late 2013 release.
"It's cool; we formed the band less than a year and half ago and now we are at this magical point in our career," says THE RAGGED SAINTS guitarist Tomi Julkunen.
"We've been listening to [the album] for a few days now and we're amazed how good it sounds. I'm pretty sure that people who are into hard rock with bit of '80s vibe to it will like the album a lot. We've already got incredible feedback and reviews on three promo songs.
"We are playing the music we love and if it touches other people it's a great bonus.
"We are shopping around for a deal now as we have a finished record in our hands. Hopefully we get a right label to release it soon."
He added: "We have a great relationship with Nino as I've known him since the late '80s. He has a great track record working with bands such as AMORPHIS, LORDI, FINNTROLL and KOTIPELTO, to name a few. He's always been a big fan of melodic hard rock and knew exactly what we wanted the album to sound like. He saw the big picture and knew how to go that much needed extra mile. We have already talked with him about producing and mixing the second album."
THE RAGGED SAINTS will make its live debut in April at Bar Bäkkäri in Helsinki with NIGHT BY NIGHT (U.K.).
"We're all really excited about the first show," says Julkunen. "It will be all good, we're practising hard to make sure we exceed the expections."
THE RAGGED SAINTS is:
Vocals: Markku Kuikka (STATUS MINOR)
Guitars: Tomi Julkunen (THE MILESTONES)
Guitars: Toni Bite (MILLION DOLLAR BEGGARS)
Bass: Jukka Hoffrén (ADAMANTRA)
Drums: Miikki Kunttu (V FOR VIOLENCE)