I WALK THE LINE RIP
THE STORY SO FAR...
How did we start this band... wish i could remember, it's the same old story. We were just friends and we'd talk about different kinds of music, then we actually made it to the practice space and started jamming. All of us were playing in bands that toured quite a bit and we wanted to try something different for change. Some good songs started shaping up so we thought why...
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I WALK THE LINE RIP
THE STORY SO FAR...
How did we start this band... wish i could remember, it's the same old story. We were just friends and we'd talk about different kinds of music, then we actually made it to the practice space and started jamming. All of us were playing in bands that toured quite a bit and we wanted to try something different for change. Some good songs started shaping up so we thought why not play shows too cos people started hearing about what we were doing. So we had to come up with a name...
Enter I Walk The Line. At this point Mr. Cash was still very much alive and just a cult figure here in Finland so we thought it's kind of a cool name, something different in the punk scene and for us it talks about honesty. Well, when the man in black died and eventually the movie came out, some things about the name are a bit different but well, that's what we are called anyway.
But back to our band, we played shows all over the place and eventually did our first album "Badlands" and toured some more. At this point our drummer Antti had too much other stuff going on in his life so he had to quit and we got our friend Jussi to play drums. This was a good change, Jussi brough so much power to this band and these days Antti is our sound guy, which he enjoys more than drumming so everybody wins!
In 2005 we took some time off from touring and concentrated on writing and practicing the songs that would become our second album "Desolation Street". We were very happy about the recording and when the album was released in 2006 it turned out that we were not the only ones. "Desolation Street" sold very well and we got to play a lot of shows all over the place, all the way to the biggest festivals here in Finland and obviously tens and tens of hot club shows also over in mainland Europe. At the end of the summer we released an EP called "Diamond Eyes" that much to our surprise entered the national charts at #2. That was a good excuse to drink also on a day we weren't playing a show.
So... currently we are taking a break from playing shows to concentrate on some new stuff and we will be back on stage in 2007. During that year we will also tour Japan and thr US for the first time. Also Gearhead Records will re-release "Desolation Street" in January 2007 so hopefully a lot more people will get to hear it soon! We have already been able to more stuff than we ever imagined when we started to play this music and we like it so expect a lot more to come!
Here is what some other people have said about us:
"Dark punk rock n roll, black-clad and tattooed, part Murder City Devils, part Rocket from the Crypt, part Social Distortion, with far more intelligence than the greasemonkey / gearhead mentality that my sketch might otherwise suggest. I Walk the Line would be huge in the USA if they had the right label behind them." (punknews.org)
"I Walk The Line emerged after members of fellow Finnish bands (Manifesto Jukebox, Wasted and Hero Dishonest) decided they wanted to widen their musical horizons. "Desolation Street", the second chapter in their musical journey sees them traveling an impressively less-worn road. Intelligent and well-crafted songs abound, captured in old-fashioned earthy analogue, giving proceedings a less clinical feel than the norm... Like fellow brave souls Against Me!, IWTL are another act fearlessly pushing forward the boundaries of this thing we call punk rock." (punkoi.co.uk)
Ville - vocals & bass
Jussi - drums
Anna - keyboards
Antti - guitar
Jani - guitar