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SANTA CRUZ Stream New Track ‘True Believer’; New Album ‘Katharsis’ Out Now; Finnish hard rock quartet on U.S. tour with Atreyu
October 17, 2019 (Las Vegas, NV) — On the heels of well-received performances at the Louder Than Life and Aftershock festivals, as well as a jam-packed show at the Viper Room along Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, Helsinki hellraisers SANTA CRUZ have unveiled another song from their new album, “Katharsis.” Check out the riff-fueled powerhouse track “True Believer” HERE.
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach), “Katharsis” – which also includes the recently released single/video track “Testify” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf1UErfPdCs) – was released Oct. 18 via M-Theory Audio on CD, digital and neon-colored vinyl.
The album – the cover art for which was designed by Tim LeNoir (Guns N’ Roses, Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons) – marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the story of SANTA CRUZ, who made impressive waves on both sides of the Atlantic in the five-year period following the release of their acclaimed 2013 debut. In Europe, the group scored two Top 5 albums in their home country, supported the likes of AC/DC and delivered memorable performances at major events such as the UK’s Download Festival. In America, meanwhile, the band appeared on the AXS TV program “Breaking Band,” played notable gigs such as Rock On The Range and the inaugural Motörboat cruise and toured alongside Through Fire, Amaranthe and Sebastian Bach.
Halfway through an American tour with Fozzy last spring, however, founding member Archie Cruz and his then-bandmates parted ways. Soon after, Archie temporarily relocated to Las Vegas to write and record “Katharsis” with Churko at the city’s Hideout Recording Studio (In This Moment, Disturbed, Halestorm). “The whole year was very spiritual for me,” Archie recently told KaaosTV. “I had to reevaluate myself, my goals, what I wanted to do… When the whole fallout happened, I saw this as a great opportunity for me to finally put myself out there creatively, the way I wanted to do it for the longest time. It was a blessing in disguise, really.”
While “Katharsis” is not a concept album per se, several of the album’s 11 tracks (“Changing of Seasons,” “True Believer,” “Salvation”) address Archie’s journey to rebuild SANTA CRUZ. Other songs tackle relationships, for better (“Testify”) or worse (“It Was You”). Perhaps the album’s most eye-opening moments, meanwhile, are its two riveting power ballads, the plaintive “I Want You To Mean It” and the soaring “Smoke Signals.” And lest anyone think that the group has lost its affinity for the music of the 1980s, the album’s closing track is a faithful but adrenalized cover of Cyndi Lauper’s iconic No. 1 hit “Time After Time.” As a whole, “Katharsis” is an exciting, diverse and – dare we say? – mature album that should appeal to fans of classic Sunset Strip hard rock and modern hard rock alike.
SANTA CRUZ is currently on a month-long tour with Atreyu, Whitechapel, He Is Legend and Tempting Fate. A complete list of the group’s upcoming shows appears below.
SANTA CRUZ on tour:
11/11 St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
11/13 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
11/14 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11/15 Chico, CA – Senator Theater
11/16 Reno, NV – Cargo
11/18 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
11/19 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
11/20 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
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‘Katharsis’ cover art designed by Tim LeNoir (Guns N’ Roses, Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons)