Stalingrad Cowgirls

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Stalingrad Cowgirls
Stalingrad Cowgirls.jpg
Stalingrad Cowgirls performing in Stockholm in August 2010
Background information
Origin Finland
Genres Punk rock
Hard rock
Years active 2005 – 2012
Labels Warner Music Finland
Members Enni Kivelä
Henna Vaarala
Riina Kivelä

Stalingrad Cowgirls was a three-piece punk rock band hailing from a small town of Salla in Finnish Lapland, 60 kilometres north from the Arctic Circle. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Enni Kivelä, bassist Henna Vaarala, and drummer Riina Kivelä.[1]

History[edit]

Stalingrad Cowgirls were formed in 2005 by siblings Enni Kivelä, Riina Kivelä and Enni's childhood friend Henna Vaarala in Salla, Finland. In spring of 2006, the band came second in the Simerock band competition held in Rovaniemi. Later in the year, they had a chance to record a demo with Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen in his homestudio.

Many record labels were interested in signing the band, and in spring 2007 they signed a record contract with Warner Music Finland.[1] Their debut album, Somewhere High, was released on September 19, 2007 in Finland and in January 2008 in Sweden and Norway. The Album debuted at No. 31 on the Official Finnish album chart.[2] In 2007, the band played over 50 gigs including an opening act slots for Iggy & The Stooges, Muse, Avril Lavigne and Negative. Later in the year, they were nominated for the "best new act" award at the Emma-gaala, the Finnish equivalent of the Grammy Awards.

In 2009, the band performed in Japan and opened for Mötley Crüe in Moscow.[3]

The second studio album Kiss Your Heart Goodbye was released on May 5, 2010 in Finland and on September 27, 2010 in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The album debuted at No. 27 on the Official Finnish album chart.[4] The first single from the album "Baby Girl" generated airplay on Finnish radio stations.

In 2010, the band performed in China,[5] Germany, Sweden and Norway and opened for Michael Monroe and Billy Idol.[6]

The band announced its end. The last gig will be played August 11, 2012 at Simerock festival, Rovaniemi, Finland.[7]

“We decided not to ruin the band just because we don’t have enough time to dedicate to it. We realized it was time for some tough decisions. Originally we had planned to do this only as long as it was fun and came naturally. Now we’re going to bury Stalingrad Cowgirls with honor and smiling through the tears” - Enni Kivelä [7]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Stalingrad Cowgirls performing in 2007

Singles[edit]

  • You Won't Get It (2007)
  • Let Me Make It Real (2007)
  • Sukset (2008)
  • Baby Girl (2010)
  • 911 (2010)

Music videos[edit]

  • You Won't Get It (2007)
  • Baby Girl (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stalingrad Cowgirls biography Last.fm. Retrieved 30 december 2010
  2. ^ Official finnish album chart Ylex.fi. Retrieved 30 december 2010.
  3. ^ Stalingrad Cowgirls :: About This Artist reverbnation.com. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  4. ^ Official finnish album chart Ifpi. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  5. ^ MIDI Festival Preview: The Stalingrad Cowgirls cityweekend.com.cn. Retrieved 30 december 2010.
  6. ^ Billy Idol (USA), Stalingrad Cowgirls meteli.net. (in Finnish) Retrieved 30 december 2010.
  7. ^ a b http://www.stalingradcowgirls.com/

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