Softengine

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Softengine
Softengine, ESC2014 Meet & Greet 08.jpg
Softengine (2014)
Background information
Origin Seinäjoki, Finland
Genres Alternative rock, indie pop
Years active 2011–present
Labels Sony Music (2014–present)
Members
  • Topi Latukka
  • Ossi Mäkelä
  • Henri Oskár
  • Tuomo Alarinta
Past members
  • Kasimir Kantonen
  • Eero Keskinen
Notable instruments
Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboard, drums, vocals

Softengine is a Finnish alternative rock band that represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, with their song "Something Better".[1] As of 2015, the band's ages range from 18-20 years old

Music career[edit]

2011–13: Formation and early beginnings[edit]

The band was formed in the city of Seinäjoki, Finland in the summer of 2011 at the cottage of the grandparents of singer/guitarist/songwriter Topi Latukka. They came to their line-up in the summer of 2013, after diligent songwriting, practising, gigging and success in band competitions.[2]

2013–14: Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On December 10th 2013, Softengine was revealed as one of the acts for Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2014. On January 11th 2014, they won their Heat to advance to the final. On February 1st 2014, Softengine were chosen to represent Finland with the song "Something Better" at the Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. During the semi-final allocation draw on January 20th 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Finland were drawn to compete in the second half of the second semi-final on May 8th 2014. In the second semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Finland would perform 8th, following Lithuania and preceding Ireland. They released their Eurovision song "Something Better" on March 21st 2014.[3] The song got qualified to the final with 3rd place and 97 points. At the final, they performed 18th, following Slovenia and preceding Spain. Their final result was 11th place with 72 points, Finland's best placing since 2006.

In June 2014 they brought out a new single, called 'Yellow House'.

In September 2014 it was announced that bassist Eero Keskinen will leave the band to focus on his career as a lighting technician.[4]

On October 3rd 2014 they brought a new single out, called 'The Sirens'. The official video was released on YouTube on the 17th of October, the same date as their debut album. The debut album features 11 songs, including singles Something Better, Yellow House and The Sirens.

'What If I?' was released as a single on December 17th, along with a music video.

Discography[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
FIN
[5]
2014 We Created the World 7

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
FIN
[5]
AUT
[6]
GER
[7]
IRE
[8]
UK
[9]
2014 "Something Better" 1 62 80 72 93 We Created the World
"Yellow House" 11
"The Sirens"
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lewis, Pete (1 February 2014). "Finland: Softengine win UMK 2014". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Softengine – Something Better (Finland 2014) | Participant Profile | Eurovision Song Contest – Copenhagen 2014
  3. ^ iTunes – Music – Something Better – Single by Softengine
  4. ^ Softengine's Facebook page
  5. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Softengine". Finnish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  6. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Softengine". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Softengine". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  8. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:
  9. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Krista Siegfrids
with "Marry Me"
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent