Legends Santa Cruz bringing some Rock & Roll to Academy this December

Santa Cruz have just finished the studio sessions for their 3rd album, titled Bad Blood Rising.

By Steven Pankhurst | 8 September 2017

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The album will see the young Finnish rockstars hit the road again for a lengthy, worldwide tour which naturally includes Manchester on Tuesday 12th December.

Santa Cruz
Tuesday 12th December, 7.30pm
Manchester Academy 3

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Besides the new studio album, there is another reason for celebrating amidst the Cruz camp – it´s now been exactly ten years since Archie Cruz and Johnny Cruz formed Santa Cruz! And what a ride it has been so far: from scoring huge radio hits in their home country with ”We Are The Ones To Fall” and ”Wasted & Wounded” singles, to touring in the US with Sebastian Bach, to getting their music played on ESPN, and recently being listed as one of the ”10 new artists you need to know” by Rolling Stone magazine, the guys seem to be on a serious roll.

Santa Cruz has a reputation for keeping the ”sex, drugs and rock & roll” -lifestyle alive, but, according to frontman Archie, there’s more to the songs on the new album than just partying.
”I was probably around the age of eleven when I discovered punk and rock music, and shortly thereafter got introduced to bands like Guns N´ Roses, Mötley Crüe, W.A.S.P. And Poison. And it just hit me really hard, making me want to do the same thing myself, and have a better time doing it than anyone else. But the songs on Bad Blood Rising aren´t about having a good time. Instead, they’re about dealing with the issues of depression”, Archie says.

”This album has probably both the heaviest and the softest Santa Cruz moments on it”, says bassist Middy Cruz. ”We didn’t intentionally try to come up with something totally different than before, but I guess some of the new influences we’ve picked up along the way can be heard on these songs”, Middy says.

At the end of the day the apple didn’t fall all that far from the tree. People can still expect the Santa Cruz sound. The fast guitars and heavy drums are still there, just served with a different sauce.

”All in all, we see Bad Blood Rising as a ‘comeback album’. A start of a new era. It’s like what Archie is singing in first single River Phoenix: ‘We’re going down like River Phoenix, to rise up from the ashes once again’.”

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