69 Eyes’ Jyrki 69 Excited for U.S. Tour After 10-Year Absence: ‘It’s Time for Rock ‘n’ Roll!’


“I believe it’s time for rock ’n’ roll!”

So pronounces 69 Eyes singer Jyrki 69 of the Finland rock quintet’s return to the United States for the primary time in a decade for a nationwide tour. A band that’s equal elements the Ramones, the Cult, the Sisters of Mercy and Type O Negative, 69 Eyes just lately introduced that it’s placing the ultimate touches on its twelfth studio album, to be launched in September on Nuclear Blast. The first single (its identify is to be decided) will arrive in May, simply in time for the band’s 30th anniversary — an ideal time to revisit the States.

“There’s a brand new model of A Star Is Born, there’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and [soon] you’re going to get The Dirt, the Mötley Crüe film on Netflix,” enthuses Jyrki 69. “The younger era, like Greta van Fleet — and, in our nation, younger rockers Santa Cruz — are doing it proper now … so sure, it’s a good time for the Helsinki vampires to return.” He additionally observes that there are “some younger American bands which might be developing, have been doing very properly — Black Veil Brides, Motionless in White — and that’s very thrilling as a result of there’s lots of people, followers of our form of music, which have heard of us however have by no means seen us, in order that’s additionally very thrilling for us.”

Guitarists Bazie and Timo-Timo, bassist Archzie and drummer Jussi 69 spherical out the band’s lineup, which has remained intact for 3 a long time. They check with their fashion of music as “goth ’n’ roll,” and the band members have swagger and a darkish, cool charisma that’s at odds with the cordial good spirits of Jyrki 69 (pronounced “YURrrr-kee”) when he calls from his dwelling in Helsinki. Asked how he’s doing, he replies enthusiastically in his wealthy baritone, “Great! Excited, like at all times. Like a vampire needs to be. It is night time right here, so it’s a good time to name!”

The singer is effusive in explaining the place the 69 Eyes have been for the final decade. “These previous 10 years, you guys had EDM and celeb DJs,” he says with amusing. “I believe the reply is just that the music enterprise modified. When we have been first launched to an American viewers, we had already been taking part in over right here for 10 years, and we bought well-known due to MTV. And in these days, they’d Jackass and Viva la Bam and featured us on their exhibits, so once we first came visiting, we bought fairly a response and bought out a bunch of venues and had fairly an viewers once we got here there. Just a few years later, unexpectedly, there was social media and Myspace occurred — whoever remembers Myspace? — and we gained extra reputation via that as properly. But the final time we toured, every little thing had modified once more.”

While the band has remained energetic abroad this entire time, Jyrki 69 additionally has had lots to maintain him busy outdoors of it. For one, he grew to become a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2005 after the group approached him and he has traveled to Kenya, Nicaragua and Benin. “Kids all over the world are all the identical, and UNICEF is making an attempt to save lots of youngsters, to supply a secure childhood for these children, which each child deserves. They’re the harmless ones.” The disconsonant nature of his twin lives doesn’t escape him. “I do suppose it’s hilarious that I’m a Helsinki vampire and a UNICEF ambassador and I can discuss in the identical interview about gothic horror music and educating the world about saving the youngsters. But it could be boring to be one-dimensional.”

He additionally has taken benefit of Finland’s free school training system, acquiring a grasp’s in analytical chemistry in addition to one in enterprise arts. “It took about 10 years to get the grasp’s in chemistry as a result of I used to be doing the band factor on the time,” he says humbly. “But no matter I begin, I end. Then, in a while, I bought an MBA.” He traces his curiosity in chemistry again to a few of the Marvel superheroes being chemists, like Spider-Man’s Peter Parker and Mr. Fantastic’s Reed Richards. “I used to be such a giant fan of these guys, and so they type of confirmed me the way in which,” he recollects, laughing. “It’s not a joke! I used to be tremendous excited due to that.”

Jyrki 69 utilized his information by educating chemistry for some time and, having just lately change into vegan, publishing the espresso desk ebook Rock’n’Roll Juicer that accommodates (in fact) 69 recipes. “I began with a juicer, however there have been no good recipes, so my mates despatched me recipes, and I simply determined, ‘Why not do a ebook of recipes?’ And so I used my chemistry diploma and took journeys to Miami, L.A. and Honolulu to find out about juicing. It was actually cool.” (He additionally copes with touring a rustic the place reindeer meat is extensively accessible by hitting up Finnish fast-food hamburger chain HesBurger, which has vegan choices.)

Now that his vitality is extra targeted on touring the United States, Jyrki 69 can’t wait to return. “That’s like the final word dream as a result of that’s the place you be taught what it’s wish to be rock ’n’ roll and what that’s about. The most stunning street on this planet is within the U.S., and one of the best factor in my life is to be on the street: touring, seeing completely different locations, performing for various folks and assembly completely different folks from throughout and being current on this planet, in lots of locations, in a really brief time.”

The band received’t function any new music on the upcoming tour, however Jyrki 69 shared some perception into what to anticipate. He calls it “very rocking, very gothic, with horror rock components there as properly. I believe it’s enjoyable to jot down about films, like our previous tune ‘Lost Boys,’ which is a favourite of ours. So there are some film songs and just about the entire components, as at all times, with one ballad.” He teases that there additionally will likely be shock appearances on the album that he describes as “actually loud friends which might be sharing the lead vocal duties with me. I received’t say something proper now. It will all be revealed when the time comes.”

When it got here time to think about tips on how to strategy its 30th 12 months as a band, Jyrki 69’s preliminary response was to maintain quiet. “I assumed it could be one thing embarrassing,” he admits. “But then somebody stated that it’s cool and now we have to do it and acknowledge it as a result of it’s an important assertion. So then I considered it and stated, ‘Oh, OK. Let’s do it and see what occurs.’ At least now we have new music and it’s not like a reunion: We’ve been doing this 30 years nonstop with all the identical guys, so we’re retaining it going."

“We have a look at this tour of the States because the final chapter earlier than the anniversary,” he continues. “When we launch the brand new single, that can actually start our 30th 12 months. We will most likely launch a few different singles over the summer time, after which in September our new album will come out, and we’ll begin to tour once more and hopefully return to the States by Halloween."

“But it’s nothing fancy,” he concludes. “We don’t have fireworks or particular mild exhibits. It’s not a dance occasion. It’s simply taking part in old-school rock ’n’ roll. It’s simply amps, leather-based jackets, sun shades and guitars. It’s due to the music and due to the songs and,” he says with amusing, “as a result of we’re vampires!”

69 Eyes' U.S. tour dates with MXMS and the Nocturnal Affair (besides the place famous):

April 17 – Pittsburgh @ Crafthouse Stage and Grill
April 18 – Joliet, Ill. @ The Forge
April 19 – Newport, Ky. @ Thompson House
April 20 – Memphis @ Growlers
April 22 – Kansas City, Mo. @ The Riot Room
April 23 – Denver @ The Oriental Theater
April 24 – Salt Lake City @ Soundwell​
April 26 – Seattle @ El Corazon​
April 27 – Portland, Ore. @ Hawthorne Theatre​
April 28 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Holy Diver
April 30 – San Francisco @ DNA Lounge
May 1 – Los Angeles @ The Regent Theater
May 2 – San Diego @ Brick by Brick
May three – Las Vegas @ Count’s Vamp’d​
May four – Mesa, Ariz. @ Club Red*
May 6 – Dallas @ Gas Monkey Live
May 7 – Austin @ Come and Take It Productions
May eight – Houston @ Warehouse Live
May 10 – West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Respectable Street
May 11 – Tampa, Fla. @ The Orpheum​
May 12 – Atlanta @ The Masquerade
May 14 –  Baltimore @ Ottobar​
May 15 – Amityville, N.Y. @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall
May 16 – Brooklyn @ Kingsland Bar & Grill
May 17 – Providence, R.I. @ Fete Music Hall
May 18 – Philadelphia @ The Trocadero Theatre**

*with out MXMS
**with out MXMS and the Nocturnal Affair