Photo by Martti Ylinen
EVEN STEVEN is a warm spirited, guitar driven rock band from cold Finland.
The story so far:
Even Steven was initially founded by Iltsu who had lots of songs but no musicians for a band. In order to get things rolling he called his guitar playing cousin Timo who was at the time studying in Joensuu. They realized that it was actually possible to round up a rock band with the majority of the members coming from their little home village of Puhos. Joonas Ojajärvi (bass), Jugi Karppanen (voc.) and Markus Räsänen (dr.) accepted the invitation and so the first Even Steven line up saw the light of day.
The newly founded group started jamming and rehearsing songs and it didn’t take too long for them to record their first EP in 2006. Following the release of the EP, Even Steven played a lot of gigs in Joensuu area and spent a good deal of time in the “dungeon” writing new songs. In 2008 opportunity came knocking in the form of a local band competition called ”RockBirds”, offering a grand prize of a record deal. Even Steven geared up, took part and eventually won the competition allowing them to record their first full length album “Square One” with Pilfink Records in 2009.
A new leaf in the evolution of Even Steven was turned as the band’s line up went through a couple of changes in the next year or so. Jarkko Pohjolainen took charge of the drum set and his brother in arms Klaus Nyqvist took up the bass. The updated line up helped Even Steven to catch their second wind and keep pushing forward. With new songs piling up, they started the production of their second album in 2012 after a long period of composing and rehearsing. The band recorded the album by themselves with the help of Emppu Vuorinen and Mikko Haatainen. The whole production was a hell of a fun ride with Emppu co-producing and Mikko engineering the drum and bass tracks. Guitars and vocals were later recorded by Iltsu in his studio.
While the production of the record was brewing Even Steven did not just sit on their idle hands, instead they took part in the prestigious national band stand “Rock SM” in 2013 with great success. They won the audience votes, got some encouraging feedback from the jury and secured the second place in the competition overall!
The following year was big for the band in many ways. They played some great gigs with acts like Kotiteollisuus, Brother Firetribe, Neljä Ruusua and many others. Last but not least, they released their long awaited second album “Get Out Of My Way” on 10.10.2014. On the first day the album peaked second place on Itune’s top list in Finland and number one in rock category.
In 2015 Even Steven is going to hit the road with some killer tunes and hard rocking live shows!