Finnish band STEVE 'N' SEAGULLS, which made headlines in 2014 by releasing its dueling banjo-standup-bass-washboard-and-more take on the IRON MAIDEN classic "The Trooper", has released a video for its cover version of MAIDEN's "Run To The Hills". Check it out below. The track is taken from STEVE 'N' SEAGULLS' debut album, "Farm Machine", which was released on May 12 via Spinefarm.
What became a genuine international viral phenomenon actually started out on a farm in central Finland; in a barn, to be precise...
There, a bunch of like-minded countrymen — with the emphasis on "country" — played a customized version of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" using homespun instrumentation, everything from banjo picking to anvil bangin' to achieve their original take on a classic. They filmed the event, posted the results on YouTube, and within a couple of weeks, the clip had accumulated over five million views. It's now topped out at 10 million.
Pretty impressive, right?
For STEVE'N'SEAGULLS, this was a bolt from the blue, but then, as history shows us, the greatest stories ever told tend to start in a stable... Yes, a stable.
If you need a refresher on who, exactly, STEVE'N'SEAGULLS are, then settle in and get schooled.
Sporting possibly the greatest band name in history, STEVE'N'SEAGULLS, comprised of an acoustic guitarist/vocalist; a banjo player; a double-bassist; a big dude wearing overalls and a beaver hat playing mandolin/keyboards/accordion/whatever-he-gets-his-hands-on; and a cajon-straddlin' percussionist, have delivered a 13-track album featuring rural riffs and villager vocals, filled to the brim with "hillbillified" versions of immortal heavy metal standards — the track listing is below.
It's a body of work best enjoyed with a bathtub of moonshine close at hand, but really, as foot-stompingly enjoyable as STEVE'N'SEAGULLS are on record, you ain't seen nothin' 'til you've experienced The 'GULLS live.
The redneck show tours nonstop, rocking the honky-tonks overseas... for now.
In September, they are planning to head over to the U.S. and Canada before returning to Europe for further merriment and mayhem.
"Farm Machine" track listing:
01. Grand Opening
02. Black Dog (LED ZEPPELIN cover)
03. Thunderstruck (AC/DC cover)
04. The Trooper (IRON MAIDEN cover)
05. Ich Will (RAMMSTEIN cover)
06. Paradise City (GUNS N' ROSES cover)
07. Nothing Else Matters (METALLICA cover)
08. Over The Hills And Far Away (NIGHTWISH cover)
09. Seek & Destroy (METALLICA cover)
10. Holy Diver (DIO cover)
11. Run To The Hills (IRON MAIDEN cover)
12. You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC cover)
13. Cemetery Gates (PANTERA cover)