Finnish rockers The 69 Eyes have been around since the 80′s, but it’s only recently that they’ve begun to make inroads into the American market. With a new vampire-themed album released just in time to capture the bloodsucker-friendly zeitgeist, they’re currently hitting the road in the hopes of connecting with old fans and finding themselves some new ones.
Kirsty Evans sat down with frontman Jyrki right before the first show of the tour in San Francisco to talk about cartoony horror bands, old school rock and roll, and what makes Finnish bands unique.
Kirsty: This isn’t your first time in San Francisco, right?
Jyrki: No, this is the 4th. We’ve been here a couple of times headlining ourselves and then we played at The Fillmore with Cradle of Filth, which was brilliant.
That’s a strange combination.
I don’t think so. Cradle of Filth is kind of a cartoonish black metal band and we’re kind of the same, like a cartoon rock band.
That’s interesting, because when bands that audiences here aren’t familiar with open for American bands, the audiences can sometimes be a little hostile.