They are the band that time forgot. They are the band that refuses to die. They are the Helsinki Vampires!
Yesterday, we shared with you a short teaser for The 69 Eyes' new single "27 & Done", and as promised, the band has today released the full song, giving us our first taste of their forthcoming album!
The music video below is directed by Los Angeles-based Vicente Cordero (3 Teeth, Room 37- The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders), and features excerpts from the horror film The 27 Club by Cleopatra Entertainment, which will be out on June 13th, 2019.
"The track deals with the idea of Hollywood and everyone coming there to make their dreams come true, but it’s very seldom that they succeed and this is something you can see there everywhere," vocalist Jyrki 69 contemplates. "It’s a place that makes you desperate and I wanted to get these dark vibes into the song. But on the other hand the track is also a celebration of life – we should be excited to be here and everybody’s a legend and they should realise that we should enjoy what we do instead of worry what other people think."
Additionally, this year marks their 30th band anniversary but the band aren't slowing down yet as they have now announced their new studio piece, titled West End, which will be released on Friday, the 13th of September via Nuclear Blast.
This record features top notch guest vocalists, such as Cradle Of Filth's Dani Filth, Wednesday 13 and Beastö Blancö's Calico Cooper (daughter of Alice), and consists of 11 up-tempo rock anthems full of heaviness, black memento mori moments and dark humour and sees the band dancing in the ruins of our world.
"The title West End evokes a dark image – when something dies, something new comes up and we all have to change in order to stay alive," Jyrki 69 explains. "I feel like this planet is on some turning point. The end of the western world is near and the question is: What is happening when the west ends..? The title has multiple meanings for us… but be assured it has definitely nothing to do with The Pet Shop Boys or London…"
The pre-order for the physical and digital editions of the album will start soon.
But of course, there's even more to come, because what would a 30-year-anniversary celebration be without the announcement of a huge European tour? After having returned to the United States this spring for their first tour there in ten years, the Helsinki Vampires will also haunt Europe on these dates:
THE 69 EYES - West End Tour 2019
Nov. 02 - D - Leipzig - Moritzbastei
Nov. 03 - D - Berlin – SO36
Nov. 05 - D - Hamburg - Logo
Nov. 06 - D - Cologne - Essigfabrik
Nov. 07 - D - Stuttgart - Wizemann Club
Nov. 08 - D - Munich - Backstage (Halle)
Nov. 09 - CZ - Prague - Meat Factory
Nov. 11 - PL - Wroclaw - Stary Klasztor
Nov. 12 - HU - Budapest - Barba Negra
Nov. 13 - SK - Bratislava - Atelier Babylon
Nov. 14 - AT - Vienna - Chelsea
Nov. 16 - IT - Parma - Campus Music Industry
Nov. 17 - CH - Pratteln - Z7
Nov. 19 - D - Trier - Mergener Hof
Nov. 20 - F - Paris - Backstage by the Mill
Nov. 21 - UK - London - The Garage
Nov. 23 - D - Oberhausen - Kulttempel
Nov. 24 - D - Frankfurt – Zoom