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Uniklubi

Uniklubi is a Finnish rock band. It was founded in 1999. The band became well-known for its hit Rakkautta ja piikkilankaa in 2004. The band's lyrics are in the Finnish language. All members are from the town of Hämeenkyrö, except the bassist Teemu Rajamäki, who is from Ikaalinen. Originally they called themselves 'Pincenez' but they did not get much positive feedback about it, so they renamed their band 'Uniklubi', a Finnish word that means 'Dream Club'.

Members of the band

Jussi Selo (* 21st January 1985), Vocals
Janne Selo (* 16th April 1980), Guitar
Pasi Viitala (* 6th March 1983), Electronic Guitar
Teemu Rajamäki (* 7th December 1981), Bass
Antti Matikainen (* 4th May 1977), Drums

History

The band was founded in 1999 by Jussi and Pasi. The name "Uniklubi" didn't exist at the time; they went by the name Pincenez (type of glasses without spectacles; it's a French word). The first songs they played were covers of their favorite bands, in English. However, as they began writing their own songs, Jussi felt more confident with his mother tongue, Finnish. They eventually changed the name to Uniklubi ("dream club"), which has no significance for them, really.

By playing their first gigs, they earned some money they used to go into studio and record their first demo-tapes.

While recording the first album "Rakkautta Ja Piikkilankaa" (Love and Barbed-Wire) the drummer left the band. Antti Matikainen replaced him and is a part and parcel of Uniklubi ever since.

The first single was "Rakkautta Ja Piikkilankaa". It was voted by YleX as the most popular song of the year. The album got into the charts (Top 4) and Uniklubi got their first important award: They won an Emma Award (Newcomer of the year). "Rakkautta Ja Piikkilankaa" reached platinum in Finland (They sold more than 30,000 copies of the album). Other releases of "Rakkautta Ja Piikkilankaa": Kylmää, Näiden Tähtien Alla and Totuus.

The second album, "Kehä" (Circle) was released on November 2nd and the album entered the charts at number one. It stayed in the charts for more than 20 weeks in the Top20 and even the first release of the album "Kaikki Mitä Mä Annoin" (All that I gave) entered the charts at number one. The second release was "Kiertää Kehää" and entered the charts at number ten.

During summer 2006, the singer was diagnosed with a bump on his vocal cords, after losing his voice repeatedly during concerts. The band had to cancel a tour in Germany - which would have been their first outside Scandinavia - and Jussi to undergo throat surgery. Everything went fine, and the few gigs performed during the Christmas holidays were marked by a beautiful, new clear voice.

The band entered studios again at the beginning of 2007, and have already released their first single, "Vnus", in May, along with the track "Aurinkoni" (My Sun) as a b-side. The new album, titled "Luotisade" (Bullet Rain) will be released by the end of August.

Related bands

Like many other Finnish bands, Uniklubi can easily be linked to other groups, whether by friendships or collaborations. Jussi Selo, singer for Uniklubi, has previously sang for Lovex, as well as guest backing vocals on some of Negative's tracks. More recently, he participated with backvocals to the cover of Queen's "Too Much Love Will Kill You", interpreted by Negative's Jonne Aaron, Sir Christus and Larry Love, Jann Wilde and Rose Avenue's Jann Wilde and Dead By Gun's Christian. Ville Liimatainen, young brother of Jonne, also collaborated to backing vocals. In Bloodpit's 2007 video "Wise Men Don't Cry", Jussi played a vengeful brother, alongside Antti Anatomy of Negative. Janne Selo previously sang for the band Bitch So Sweet, a quartet he left as Uniklubi took more of his time. He also replaced Entwine's guitarist for 5 concerts in their spring tour in Germany.

Discography

Albums

  • Rakkautta ja piikkilankaa (2004)
  • Kehä (2005)
  • Luotisade (2007)

Singles

  • Rakkautta ja piikkilankaa (2004) (Love And Barbed Wire)
  • Kylmää (2004) (Cold)
  • Olemme Yhtä (2004) (We're the same)
  • Totuus (2004) (The Truth)
  • Näiden tähtien alla (2004) (Underneath These Stars)
  • Kaikki mitä mä annoin (2005) (All That I Gave)
  • Huomenna (Promotional Single) (2005) (Tomorrow)
  • Kiertää Kehää (2006) (Rounding Circle)
  • Tuhka (Promotional Single) (2006) (Ashes)
  • Vnus (2007) (Venus)
  • Luotisade (Promotional Single) (2007) (Bulletrain)

Music videos

  • Rakkautta ja piikkilankaa
  • Kaikki mitä mä annoin
  • Huomenna
  • Vnus
  • Luotisade

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