Satellite Stories

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Satellite Stories
Origin Oulu, Finland
Years active 2008–present
Labels
Website satellitestories.com
Members Esa Mankinen
Marko Heikkinen
Jyri Pesonen
Olli-Pekka Ervasti

Satellite Stories is a Finnish indie pop band from Oulu, formed in 2008. Satellite Stories is the most well known Finnish indie band in Europe. [1] The band consists of Esa Mankinen (vocals, rhythm guitar), Marko Heikkinen (lead guitar), Jyri Pesonen (bass guitar) and Olli-Pekka Ervasti (drums). The band's debut album, Phrases to Break the Ice, was released on 21 September 2012 by independent record label XYZ Berlin and licensed throughout the world. In late 2012, the band made a publishing deal with major publishing company BMG.[2] In the beginning of 2013 they were signed to X-ray Touring for bookings.[3]

The band's music and live performance have been praised by British music magazines and medias NME, Q, Clash, MTV UK and The Fly.[4][5][6][7][8] In August 2012, they were the 2nd most blogged artist in the world according to the Hype Machine.[9] In September 2013, their single "Campfire" made no.1 of Hype Machine's most blogged chart.[10]

The band released their second studio album, Pine Trails, in late 2013.[11] In August 2014, the band started to record their third album in the UK with producer Barny Barnicott. Barnicott has previously worked with Arctic Monkeys, The Temper Trap and Editors. [12] The album was released in March 2015 and the biggest newspaper in Finland gave it a five star review. [13]

Tours[edit]

The band has toured Europe and Japan extensively since 2012 and appeared at 18 Festivals over the summer of 2013 including Lowlands Festival (Netherlands), Flow Festival (Finland), Hultsfred Festival (Sweden), Arenal Sound Festival (Spain) and Dot to Dot Festival (England).[14][15][16]

In Spring 2014, the band sold out their shows in London (Old Blue Last) and in Berlin (Kantine am Berghain). The band also performed at Club NME in London. In the summer of 2014, the band played their first festival headline slots in Spain (Arenal Sound Festival) and in Germany. The festival shows also included shows at Zürich Open Air Festival in Switzerland and FM4 Frequency Festival in Austria. [17][18]

In Spring 2015, the band sold out their London show a month in advance of the Vagabonds album release tour. [19]

The band has also played live in BBC London, Dutch 3FM and Spanish Radio 3 [20] [21] [22]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
FIN
[23]
2012 Phrases to Break the Ice 40
2013 Pine Trails  –
2015 Vagabonds 34
2017 Young Detectives  –

EPs[edit]

  • Promo EP (2010)
  • Scandinavia EP (2012)
  • Singles Remixed EP (2013)

Singles[edit]

  • Arrest me- (Demo)
  • Family (2011)
  • Blame the Fireworks (2011)
  • Anti-lover (2012)
  • Sirens (2012)
  • Kids Aren't Safe in the Metro (2013)
  • Scandinavian Girls (2013)
  • Campfire (2013)
  • Australia/Lights Go Low (2014)
  • Season of B-Sides (2014)
  • The Trap (2014)
  • Heartbeat (2015)
  • Campus (2015)
  • Miracle (2016)
  • Confetti (2017)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "(artist page on BMG site)". Bmg.com. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Satellite Stories". Xray Touring. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  4. ^ "10 Things We Learnt At Eurosonic". Nme.Com. 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Satellite Stories - Sirens - Track Of The Day". News.qthemusic.com. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  6. ^ "10 Dot To Dot 2013". Clash. 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  7. ^ "Eurosonic Festival – Music Finland Showcase". The Fly. 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  8. ^ "Flow Festival 2013". districtmtv.co.uk. 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  9. ^ "Most blogged artists: How To Dress Well, Satellite Stories". Yahoo!News. 2013-03-30. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  10. ^ "Finland's Satellite Stories Reveal New Single 'Campfire'". PressParty. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  11. ^ "Satellite Stories will release new album in late 2013". Faceculture. 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  12. ^ "Barny Barnicott Discography" (PDF). Barny Barnicott. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  13. ^ "Satellite Stories onnistuu ihailtavasti". hs.fi. 2015-03-18. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  14. ^ "Satellite Storiesin kanssa takahuoneessa". Yle Musiikki. 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  15. ^ "Suomen vientitoivon "party-indie" toimii kuin jäänmurtaja". YleX. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  16. ^ "Satellite Stories: Yllätyimme, että Oulusta käsin saimme tällaisen härdellin aikaiseksi". YleX. 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  17. ^ "AA Interview - Satellite Stories (Part Three)". Alternative Addiction. 2015-08-02. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  18. ^ "Week 4 Satellite Stories". Nordic Playlist. 2015-08-02. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  19. ^ "Week 4 Satellite Stories". Nordic Playlist. 2015-08-02. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  20. ^ "Satellite Stories in Session". BBC London. 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  21. ^ "Satellite Stories live bij Giel". 3FM. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  22. ^ "Satellite Stories - Australia (Los Conciertos de Radio, 3-3-2014)". Youtube. 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  23. ^ "Ola discography". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 March 2015.