Scandinavian GROUP was shaped in 2002 through the ashes from the massively well-known Finnish band, Ultra Bra. The band’s four initial users — Terhi Kokkonen (vocals), Joel Melasniemi (acoustic guitar), Tommi Saarikivi (bass) and Antti Lehtinen (drums) — had been all area of the considerable Ultra Bra lineup, however the music of SMG is usually even more streamlined and much less ironic compared to the agitprop pop of its forerunner. They’ve stated such wide-ranging affects as Sonic Youngsters and Trend Against the device, but actually the more intense songs within their catalogue possess a definite pop fluency owing even more to famous brands Coldplay, Garbage or Manic Road Preachers. It’s small surprise that this band continues to be so successful provided not only the backdrop of the users, but also because of the wise merger from the refined with the non-public. Their first recording, Onnelliset kohtaa (“People that have Happiness Meet up with”), premiered by Sony BMG in 2002, and it quickly increased to the very best of the graphs. The follow-up, 2004’s Nimikirjaimet (“Initials”), was a far more personal record for the music group, nonetheless it was received with lukewarm evaluations and didn’t reach the very best ten. Between your two albums, bassist Saarikivi remaining the group and Anssi Växby was employed to consider his place. To recoup their followers, SMG turned to acoustic devices and reformatted their sound in the next year or two. Actively carrying out across Finland, their concert attendance continued to be high. And although the first singles using their third recording, Hölmö rakkaus ylpeä sydän (“Foolish Like Proud Center” 2006), didn’t receive very much airplay on the air, the recording charted at quantity six and received enthusiastic evaluations. The music was a lot more subdued and mild than it turned out on previous produces, and it might be used like a springboard toward the delicate excellence of 2007’s Missä olet Laila? (“Where Are You, Laila?”). Laila also topped out just at quantity six around the graphs, but SMG received from it the very best evaluations of their profession up to now. The acoustic intimacy from the recording experienced finally been matched up well with the non-public lyrics and unique vocals of Kokkonen.