Sunrise Avenue release â€žBest Ofâ€œ Album
One goose bump moment after another
If a success story truly is a success story, then it may rightfully be labeled as such. Sunrise Avenue, the Finnish rock band, with its charismatic blonde lead singer Samu Haber, managed to create such a story. 22 years have passed since the early beginnings of the band Sunrise, which ten years later was renamed into Sunrise Avenue. So the time is just about right for drawing an interim review; in the form of a â€œBest Ofâ€ album. â€œFairytales 2006 â€“ 2014â€ will be the name of the record and it will not only look back into the past. Featuring their new single â€œYou Can Never Be Readyâ€, Sunrise Avenue also invite you to take a sneak peak into the bright and creative future ahead of them.
Amazing Music and Hard Work
The bandâ€™s breakthrough took place in 2006, with their catchy single â€œFairytale Gone Badâ€ off of their debut album â€œOn The Way To Wonderlandâ€. As if theyâ€™d already known then, where their journey will take them. Even back then, singer and guitarist Samu Haber had no illusions about the pop business: â€œIt doesnâ€™t require a miracle to write amazing music, but it requires a heck of a lot of hard working. I donâ€™t want to sing something that Iâ€™ll find stupid in a couple of years.â€ One look onto the track listing of â€œFairytales 2006 â€“ 2014â€œ delivers ultimate proof that â€žFairytale Gone Badâ€œ is not a stupid song, but rather an all time classic. And it is on there with good reason, seeing as it displays Samu Haberâ€™s instinct for catchy refrains and infectious melodies already so early on. Melodies that reach the ears of a very diverse audience. After all, the album remains in the German charts for an incredible 61 weeks and reaches platinum status. On the follow-up album â€œPopgasmâ€, for which the growing fan base had to wait almost 3 years, one catchy tune chases another. And also the emotional ballads have no reason to hide. The critics are praising the band: Laut.de, for example, is enthralled by the wide range of Samu Haber, reaching â€œfrom masculine baritone all the way to dramatic falsetto emo-vocalsâ€. â€œPopgasmâ€ has most definitely catapulted Sunrise Avenue into their creative seven-league boots, paving the way to any musicianâ€™s paradise, also known as â€œsuccessâ€. But fans arenâ€™t expected to just stand aside and applaud, but much rather are being invited to accompany the Finns on their trip of a lifetime. And so one line in their single release â€œWelcome To My Lifeâ€ from 2009 says, â€œWelcome To My Dreamâ€. And of course, this song can also be found on â€œFairytales 2006 â€“ 2014â€œ.
True Emotions From Real Life
But what exactly is the secret of Sunrise Avenueâ€™s success? Itâ€™s true, that itâ€™s not off the rack kind of music. And yes, itâ€™s also true, that this band has you caught up in one goose bump moment after the next â€“ the singerâ€™s voice definitely goes under your skin. But Samu Haber himself spills the beans on the real secret behind this: â€œWe tell stories, that everyone knows. Stories about the people weâ€™re surrounded by. Granted, a lot of people do, but we look for the moments of true emotion in real life. People fall in love, people separate, they have a baby and others lose their job. Some are happy and then something terrible happens. If all of that isnâ€™t material for song from deep within the soul, then I donâ€™t know what is.â€ Oh and how this guy knows! But Samu Haber isnâ€™t done telling his secret quite yet. And he uses the same approach with the stories he tells in the Sunrise Avenue songs: He doesnâ€™t finish telling them. He leaves space for the listeners, to create their own personal ending of the topic heâ€™s raised. And itâ€™s exactly this trick, which provides Sunrise Avenue with the ability to write songs that reach deep into the soul. Matching this philosophy about songwriting, are the tattoos on Samu Haberâ€™s left arm. â€œDream Like A Childâ€, â€œFollow Your Heartâ€, â€œBe Honestâ€ and last but not least â€œWork Hardâ€. All of this added together is the explanation for why Sunrise Avenue has managed to come forth, off the beaten path, for all these years. They have set their own agenda and set trends by doing so. But what was that part about hard work again? Samu Haber cannot help himself but to bring up the topic once more. â€œEvery one of our albums was made from blood and sweat, but also from tears of fear, that this band and myself could perish from it. Until now however, there has always been a happy ending!â€œ The four albums up until now, â€œOn The Way To Wonderlandâ€, â€œPopgasmâ€, â€œOut Of Styleâ€, and â€œUnholy Groundâ€, attest just that and thatâ€™s exactly what makes them so authentic.
Treasures of a Longstanding Career
Not to forget Samu Haberâ€™s participating in the TV show The Voice of Germany, which advanced him into the position of everybodyâ€™s darling, has drawn the mediaâ€™s attention onto Sunrise Avenue. Parallel to the broadcast of the third season they released their fourth studio album â€œUnholy Groundâ€. The record yet again stands for anthemic melodies, but without being copies of the songs from previous albums. Samu Haber and his band mates have high standards regarding this, that theyâ€™d never be ready to look beyond.
â€œA lot of times you donâ€™t just have to be honest, but you also have to show courage. It would have been just plain boring, had we simply released another â€œHollywood Hillsâ€. Not only for the audience, but also for us as a band.â€ Of course, â€œHollywood Hillsâ€ has also made it onto the list of songs on â€žFairytales 2006 â€“ 2014â€œ, of which every single one is representative of the legendary rising of a band, whoâ€™s creative curve is still pointing straight upwards. â€œI hope however, that we never reach the very top of this wonderland, which we sung about on our first recordâ€, Samu Haber confesses, â€œbecause being on the path to this sort of fairytale paradise is what itâ€™s always been about and what this band will always be aboutâ€. And to sweeten this path, Sunrise Avenue have come up with little treats along the way, like a fantastic live version of their song â€œAngels On A Rampageâ€ from the deluxe version of â€œUnholy Groundâ€ and the brand new material such as their new single â€œYou Can Never Be Readyâ€. A band like Sunrise Avenue, that has created a repertoire filled with treasures such as these, not only is allowed to release a â€œBest Ofâ€ album, itâ€™s basically obliged to do so. Especially with all these moments, that call for all of these hits to be played one after another: in the car, in the garden, at a party, during a night of passionâ€¦ and in the countless personal moments of each one of Sunrise Avenueâ€™s fans.
Fairytales 2006 â€“ 2014