Soul Tattoo is a soulfully dark rock'n'roll quartet. The music is colored by elements ranging from underground pop and gothic grunge to country punk and deep blues.
Samuli Laiho's infectious music combined with J. Sydänmäki's wild verbal vision, filtered through the fevered and hypnotic sound of the band create a truly original combination, a new elementary particle with a long history reaching back into the 80s and the musician's shared history as a part of Hearthill.
- At some point it became obvious that it was time to get back to basics, to grab a guitar and let the inner rhythm take over. The result was a pile of rock songs without a finished textual layer, says guitarist/composer Samuli Laiho regarding his renewed collaboration with singer/lyricist J. Sydänmäki.
Thus was born the spark that escalated into a full conflagration by ythe spring of 2004 when old friends bassist Jukka Kiviniemi and drummer Sasu Moilanen joined the fray.
Soul Tattoo started recording their debut album at Musicmakers studio in the 1st of March, 2004. Scarecrow Jimmy was released as a debut single in June 23rd. The video was directed by Finnish filmmaker Claes Olsson. August saw the release of a radiopromo single The Ghosts Of Love.
The self-titled debut album saw the fluorescent light of the record store 20.9.05. It was a critical success and gained a lot of airplay on Radio Helsinki.
Since September 2004, Soul Tattoo has played dozens of shows all around Finland, including joint gigs with bands like The Flaming Sideburns, Melrose and Him. The band’s performances at the ahllowed Tavastia were praised by local music magazines Sue and Rumba.
Soul Tattoo awakened the interest of European promoters at the Musiikki- ja Media event, held in Tampere in late Ocotober.
Soul Tattoo was booked to play showcases in Holland and Norway.
On January 13th, 2005 Soul Tattoo took to the stage at the Eurosonic Festival in Groeningen, Holland. The band made history by being the first Finnish group to ever receive an invitation to play.
In February, the band took on the By:Larm festival in Stavanger, Norway, with its customary panache and style. In March Soul Tattoo received the Live Act of the Year 2005 award at the annual Femma-gaala, a kind of alternative Grammy in Finland.
At present, Soul Tattoo is getting ready to record a second album. New material will be forthcoming later this year. The band will be taking it easy in the spring, and waiting for the summer’s festival shows.