Artist: Stala & So
& So are a Finnish quintet who’ve been around since 1997, but its
only recently that their name has reached the far flung quarters of
Europe, mainly due to their entry into the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest
for their native Finland with their song ‘Pamela’, only to be beaten
on the heats and never making it through to the final.
band are led by Sampsa Astala (Stala), who was the former drummer with
Finland’s Lordi under the stage name Kita (Jaws), but who lays down
the vocals for Stala & So, along with Nick Gore, another former Lordi
member (Kalma) on bass, Sami J on lead guitar, Pete Vaughn on rhythm
guitar and last but not least, Hank on drums, who together return with
their second album ‘Play Another Round’.
Stala & So are musically a long way from Lordi, they sway more towards
the Glam/Melodic Hard Rock style of things and this is felt straight
from the off with ‘Rock Until I’m Done’, a straight up hard rock
anthem that sees the band lay down the gauntlet for anyone to pick up
and challenge their ability to make likable rock music.
same feel good factor is continued with AOR inspired ‘Tokyo
Delights’, again a track that wouldn’t have been amiss in the heyday
of the genre back in the late 80’s.
band are definitely wearing their influences on their sleeves with the
almost 70’s Glam Rock feel of ‘The Boys Are Having Fun’, before
bringing that 80’s Scandinavian Rock vibe back with ‘Never Again’
and the pop styled ballad ‘Back Together’.
back to the fun filled rock with ‘Alrite Tonite’ and the infectious
tones of ‘Life Goes On’, before a touch of modern Melodic Rock with
‘All Alone’, ‘All She Wrote’ and the fantastic ‘For
back to the full on fun filled Hard Rocking with ‘Rockstar’, before
the bonus tracks, their Eurovision entry ‘Pamela’, before the album
closes on very different cover, as they deliver an acoustic version of
Ozzy’s ‘Shot In The Dark’, which rounds off a
very good album full of glitter and glitz and old fashioned rock
n' roll. Some won't get the band, but I don’t think this will
effect the way Stala & So will go on, like the song said ‘The Boys
Are Having Fun’ and long may it continue! We need quirkiness in
this business from time to time.
by: Barry McMinn
1. Rock Until I'm Done
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