The Finnish Hard Rock quartet SANTA CRUZ will release their highly anticipated fourth album, “Katharsis”, on October 18th via M-Theory Audio, two days before the group hits the road with ATREYU on a month-long North American tour. A complete list of the band's upcoming concerts appears below.
The group – who have recently shared European stages with the likes of BON JOVI, STEEL PANTHER and WHITESNAKE, and whose current single “Tell Me Why” continues to gain traction on America's active Rock radio charts – unveils the third advance taste of their new album, the uplifting and anthemic “Into The War”. A lyric video for the song, designed by Rafael Ortega of Ecliptic Visions, can be seen below. “Into The War” is also available for streaming across all digital platforms and is one of three “instant grat” tracks that are being offered with digital pre-orders of “Katharsis”.
“Katharsis” - the cover art for which was designed by Tim LeNoir (GUNS N' ROSES, ROLLING STONES, IMAGINE DRAGONS) – can also be pre-ordered on CD and vinyl HERE.
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Kane Churko (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, OZZY OSBOURNE, PAPA ROACH), “Katharsis” 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 I PREVAIL, 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.
Prior to hitting the road with ATREYU, SANTA CRUZ - who earlier this month played their first-ever concerts in Mexico and Brazil - will appear at two of the fall's biggest Rock festivals, ‘Louder Than Life’ (Louisville, Kentucky) and ‘Aftershock’ (Sacramento, California), where they will perform alongside the likes of GUNS N' ROSES, SLIPKNOT and TOOL. European tour dates will be announced in the near future.
01. “Changing Of Seasons”
02. “Bang Bang (Your Worst Enemy)”
03. “Into The War”
04. “I Want You”
05. “True Believer”
06. “Tell Me Why”
08. “Smoke Signals”
09. “It Was You”
11. “Time After Time”
SANTA CRUZ on tour:
27 - Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
05 - Hollywood, CA – Viper Room
11 - Sacramento, CA – Aftershock 2019
20 - Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
21 - Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
22 - Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
23 - Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
25 - Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
26 - Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
27 - Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
28 - Pittsburgh, PA – Small's
29 - Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
30 - Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
01 - Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
02 - Providence, RI – The Strand
03 - New Haven, CT – Toad's Place
04 - Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy's
07 - Niagara, NY – Rapids Theatre
08 - Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall
09 - Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater
10 - Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
11 - St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
13 - Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
14 - Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
15 - Chico, CA – Senator Theater
16 - Reno, NV – Cargo
18 - Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
19 - Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
20 - Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater