Santa Cruz (band)

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Santa Cruz
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Background information
OriginHelsinki, Finland
GenresGlam metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Years active2007–present
LabelsSpinefarm Records (2012-2015), Universal Music Group (2015-present)
MembersArchie Cruz
Pav Cruz
Jordan Cruz
Past membersJohnny Cruz
Middy Cruz
Taz Cruz
Brody DeRozie

Santa Cruz is a Finnish hard rock band formed in 2007 in Helsinki by Archie Cruz and Johnny Parkkonen. The following year, bass player Middy Toivonen joined in. The band released two demos in 2008-2009.[1] After changing a number of temporary drummers,[2] they settled for a full-time drummer, Taz Fagerström in 2009 becoming a 4-member band.[3] After a self-released EP of 6 songs titled Anthems for the Young 'n' Restless, they signed with Finnish Spinefarm Records in 2012[4] and released their first studio album Screaming for Adrenaline in April 2013.[5] Their eponymous 2nd album Santa Cruz was released in March 2015. The album featured a heavier sound than the previous and the band has described its sound as "glamcore". Their debut album reached no. 27 on Finnish album chart and their second album debuted as no. 3.[6] In June 2016, Santa Cruz released the single "Sky Diving Without A Parachute" then soon after, a rendition of One Direction’s title "Drag Me Down". The band released their third album, "Bad Blood Rising" in November 2017, featuring the singles “River Phoenix” and “Young Blood Rising.” The songs of the band have appeared in a TV commercial of Mercedes-Benz[7] and in sports compilation clips of U.S. ESPN television network.[8] The band had live shows in England, Belgium and Germany in 2013.[9] In 2015, the band made a European tour of 27 gigs.[10] In 2016, the band toured with Sebastian Bach in the U.S.[11][12]

Vocalist and guitarist Archie Cruz has appeared in "The Local Band" lineup with Alexi Laiho (of Children of Bodom), Olli Herman (of Reckless Love) and Jussi 69 (of the 69 Eyes).[13]

On March 18th, 2018 the band, through their social media accounts, announced the cancellation of their upcoming U.S. tour as well as the departure of Johnny, Middy, and Taz. This leaves Archie as the sole original member of the band.

On April 16th, 2018 Brody DeRozie was announced as the band's new guitarist.

On May 22nd, 2018 Brody announced his departure from Santa Cruz.

On July 7th, 2018 Archie posted a video on his YouTube Channel, featuring new Santa Cruz guitarist, Pav Cruz.

On August 3rd, 2018 Jordan Marshall was announced as the band’s new drummer.

On September 8th, 2018 the band’s Instagram page (as well as Archie’s) removed all of their posts, leaving only “2.0” in their bio and on their story.


  • Arttu "Archie Cruz" Kuosmanen - vocals, rhythm and lead guitar, acoustic guitar (2007–present)
  • Pavel “Pav Cruz” Popov - lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar (2018-present)
  • ”??? Cruz” - bass, backing vocals (2018-present)
  • Jordan “Jordan Cruz” Marshall - drums, percussion (2018-present)

Past Members[edit]

  • Joonas "Johnny Cruz" Parkkonen - lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, backing vocals (2007–2018)
  • Mitja "Middy Cruz" Toivonen - bass, backing vocals (2008–2018)
  • Tapani "Taz Cruz" Fagerström - drums, percussion, backing vocals (2009–2018)
  • Brody DeRozie - lead guitar (2018)


Studio albums[edit]

  • 2013: Screaming for Adrenaline
  • 2015: Santa Cruz
  • 2017: Bad Blood Rising
  • 2019: (Untitled 4th Album)


  • 2013: Relentless Renegades
  • 2013: Nothing Compares to You
  • 2014: We Are the Ones to Fall
  • 2014: Wasted And Wounded
  • 2015: My Remedy
  • 2016: Skydiving Without a Parachute
  • 2016: Drag Me Down
  • 2017: River Phoenix
  • 2017: Young Blood Rising


  • 2009: Another Rush of Adrenaline
  • 2011: Anthems for the Young 'n' Restless

Music videos[edit]

  • "Anthem for the Young 'n' Restless" (2011)
  • "Aiming High" (2013)
  • "Relentless Renegades" (2013)
  • "Nothing Compares to You" (2013)
  • "We Are the Ones to Fall" (2014)
  • "Wasted N' Wounded" (2014)
  • "My Remedy" (2015)
  • "Let Them Burn" (2015)
  • "Young Blood Rising" (2017)


  1. ^ Vihdin Uutiset: Rokkibändi Santa Cruz haluaa Lauri Tähkän syövän sanansa (in Finnish)
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  3. ^ "at Metal from Finland". Metal From Finland. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Santa Cruz - Melodic Hard Rock". Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Levyarviot: Santa Cruz - Screaming for Adrenaline ::". Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Listablogi: Kädet terveimmillään". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  7. ^ "Santa Cruz-yhtye suuren luokan automainoksessa". Yle Uutiset. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  8. ^ "Suomalaisbändi Santa Cruz kertoo, kuinka Yhdysvalloissa kävi tsägä – video". Yle Uutiset. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  9. ^ "Band | Santa Cruz". Santa Cruz. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  10. ^ "Suomalaisbändi Santa Cruz kertoo, kuinka Yhdysvalloissa kävi tsägä – video". Yle Uutiset. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  11. ^ "Past gigs | Santa Cruz". Santa Cruz. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  12. ^ "YleX |". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  13. ^ "THE LOCAL BAND Featuring CHILDREN OF BODOM's Alexi Laiho Perform Classics From MÖTLEY CRÜE, SKID ROW, RATT And VAN HALEN Live In Helsinki; Video Available". Retrieved 2016-06-03.

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