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Town of Saints

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Dutch/Finnish indie folk band Town of Saints is based in Groningen, the Netherlands, but isn’t that much at home. They started out as street-musicians when the couple Harmen Ridderbos (vocals/guitar) and Heta Salkolahti (violin/vocals) met each other in Austria, and they’ve been constantly touring Europe since. The band was completed with Sietse Ros on drums and as a three piece they played seven shows at this years Eurosonic/Noorderslag, where they were signed by Snowstar Records.

All this touring made their shows their secret weapon; The songs, sung with great feeling by Harmen, are accompanied by Heta’s folk-inspired fiddle and danceable drums by Sietse. The traditional folk sound is combined with modern indie rock elements and has been compared to that of Arcade Fire or Local Natives.

After two self-released EP’s, their debut album ‘Something to Fight With’, will be released on October 4, 2013. An album full of songs about the struggle of understanding the world around you. Sharp lyrics about what to do with life at the end of your twenties, when everything needs to be beautiful and meaningful, and whether that even matters. But instead of a dark tone, Ridderbos tries to battle the melancholy with hope, resignation and sarcasm: “I guess it’s something you fight with”.
After the release of this album, the band will tour the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Tours in Scandinavia and Canada are planned for 2014.

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