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Free Spirit plays timeless rock with a huge sound. The band reaches out to listeners of all ages with its captivating
melodies. This music seems to really enchant its audience and has a strong crossover appeal on it. Massive choruses,
killer arrangements and energetic stage appearance are the brand of Free Spirit.
Since the band’s debut album 'Pale Sister of Light' was released in 2009 Free Spirit has gathered passionate fans
throughout the world. Free Spirit has been featured as the artist of the week, month or even year on many medias all
over the world. Songs from the album have been on rotation on many radio stations around the globe and reviews of
the album were nothing but ecstatic.
The original members of Free Spirit are Sami and Pasi. Bass player "Nasu" has been also been in the band
almost from the day one. The current line-up formed during the years 2006 – 2008. Soon after guitarist Vesa joined
the band, the group started recording their first album. During the recording sessions Vesa’s childhood friend
Markku joined Free Spirit. Timo, who had previously played keyboards on all of Free Spirit's studio recordings, also
became a full member of the lineup.
Before the release of 'Pale Sister of Light' Markku and his family moved to Africa for a few years. That of course
meant that a new guitar player had to be found. From the same town where Markku and Vesa lived their childhood,
the band were lucky enough to find Marko who has been an inseparable part of Free Spirit since then.
Free Spirit is:
Sami Alho - vocals
Vesa Yli-Mäenpää - guitars & backing vocals
Marko Haapamäki - guitars & backing vocals
Timo Alho - keyboards
Sami "Nasu" Hämäläinen - bass
Pasi Koivumäki - drums
The name Free Spirit was originally picked up from the book Antichrist by the famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
where he (in chapter 13) describes a person who is not bound to any religion, politics or -isms, as a free spirit.
Of course the idiom free spirit means lots of other things, too (like a problem child), but basically to the band
it means a person who is willing to think and act independently.
During spring 2010 'Pale Sister of Light' was featured on various critics and/or readers "Best of 2009" lists in
several international medias. During 2011 the album was released for the video games Rock Band 2 and 3.
The eagerly anticipated follow-up to 'Pale Sister of Light' will be released February 28th 2014. With this new album
'All the Shades of Darkened Light' the band continues from where it left with its critically acclaimed debut album.
The 11 new songs with huge choruses are even more melodic and energetic than before. They tell the story of a summer
where days are bright and nights are hot. High octane parties seem to go on forever, but for some they carry a price
that is too high.
With the new album the band has started from scratch, which has given more room for imagination and for trying different
things. During the 'Pale Sister of Light' sessions the band learnt how to create that Free Spirit sound, and with this
new album that sound has been taken several steps further. Free Spirit enjoys the freedom in their music making, and wishes
to convey that to the listener with the utmost clarity.
Free Spirit produces their own music from start to finish. The new album, like its predecessor, was recorded in the band's
own studio facility, which has allowed for uncompromising meticulousness in its production. Creating the right soundscapes
has included feats such as building custom guitars and acquiring a very certain kind of vintage synthesizer, which was
ultimately found from the confines of a studio in Cologne.
The songs are mostly written by Sami and Vesa, but all the band members play a crucial role in the sound that is
Free Spirit. The one element that gets special attention during the writing and production of the songs is vocal
melodies. The band's unique approach to multi-layered backing vocals completes the melodies and makes
the Free Spirit sound.
'All the Shades of Darkened Light' recording sessions started Midsummer Eve 2010 and were finished in summer 2012 when
the long editing, mixing and post production phase started. Some of the last overdubs were recorded in January 2013 and
the final mix of the album was ready February 17th 2013. During the last overdub sessions with 'All the Shades of Darkened
Light', former guitar player Markku visited the studio and played few additional tracks.
The first single from the new album, 'Living Tattoo', was released mid October 2013. The second single release from the
album was 'Hysteria'. This song was also featured on the soundtrack of a Finnish werewolf-themed motion picture which
premiered in theaters on January 24th. Free Spirit's vocalist Sami Alho plays one of the main roles in the movie.
The music video, based on the movie, is available at Free Spirit’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/fssta
Booking & management:
Sami Peura, Sam Agency Oy | firstname.lastname@example.org | +358 40 5900 290 | www.samagency.fi
www.freespiritrock.com | www.facebook.com/freespiritrock | www.youtube.com/fssta
News related to Free Spirit
- FREE SPIRIT: debut album 'Pale Sister of Light' ... / 04.12.2009
- FREE SPIRIT: order new album NOW / 25.01.2009 (2 comments)
- FREE SPIRIT DEBUT ALBUM TO BE RELEASED IN FINLAND FEB 4 2009 ! / 19.12.2008
- FREE SPIRIT: won The Garage Countdown 2008 competition!! / 30.11.2008
- Free Spirit - Vote for Free Spirit at Garage Countdown!!! / 24.11.2008
- Free Spirit and Terasbetoni Live in Seinajoki! / 28.10.2008
- FREE SPIRIT: Upcoming Album Name / 25.10.2008
- FREE SPIRIT FOR THE NEW CARPEL MUSIC LTD / 13.10.2008
- FREE SPIRIT: New website is open!!! / 02.10.2008
- NEW FREE SPIRIT: Album coming soon... / 25.03.2008
Pale sister of light
- Label: Windseekers
- Released: 2009
- 1. Shadow of a Man (lyrics)
- 2. Moonlight Ride (lyrics)
- 3. Pale Sister of Light (lyrics)
- 4. Heroes Don?t Cry (lyrics)
- 5. Radiant Light (lyrics)
- 6. Cry of an Eagle (lyrics)
- 7. Easy Days (lyrics)
- 8. Strangers (lyrics)
- 9. Until the Night (lyrics)
- 10. Far Away from Heaven (lyrics)
- 11. Preacher Man (lyrics)
- Sami Alho
- Sami Hämäläinen
- Pasi Koivumäki
- Vesa Yli- Mäenpää
- Markku Keski-Maenpaa