Satellite Stories are, Esa Mankinen (vocals/guitar), Marko Heikkinen (lead guitar), Jyri Pesonen (Bass/vocals) and Olli-Pekka Ervasti (drums). Hailing from the northern outpost of Oulu, Finland. Live their energetic show has given them a growing reputation as an amazing party band - the audience drives the band, as the band drives the audience, through a packed can of powerful Indie pop.
In August 2012 with a sold out Japanese tour under their belts, Satellite Stories were said to be the 2nd most blogged artist in the world according to the Hype Machine. All this a full two months before they released their first record. After the roaring success of the bands debut album Phrases to Break the Ice, an extensive European tour followed.
Pine Trails, the second studio album, is a record where the band have found their sound. Self produced and self recorded the album sessions begun in the Swedish countryside, with only a field of horses as neighbors, the days spent filled with long jaunts in the snow filled pine forests, night fell, and attention turned to writing and recording. The album was born.
From Sweden moved onto sessions in London and Manchester and ended in the bands decommissioned nuclear bunker turned Studio in northern Finland culminating in 10 stories of growing up, love lost and near misses.
Packed audiences over summer Festival appearances that included the Dot to Dot Festival tour in the UK, Spain´s Arenal Sound, Finland's Flow Festival, Sweden's Hultsfred Festival and Holland's Lowlands provided the platform to showcase the new material.
"You think you've heard it all before the show, but you've never really seen us at all”
The first line to the title track of the bands 3rd studio album “Vagabonds” a name that sums up how their last 24 months has looked for these guys. Since their indie breakthrough with the November 2013 release and radio hit “Campfire” the Scandinavian 4 piece from the northern outpost of Oulu have been on the road across the continent, “We became Vagabonds going from pillar to post with no real fixed address” Says lead guitarist Marko Heikkinen.
2014 saw the bands streaming numbers run into the millions, packing out club shows in a touring year culminating in their first Festival stage headlining slots, No mean feat for a group that have always released their material independently, with dedicated release partners around the world.
Between their list of Festival appearances in 2014 the band decamped to the UK for 2 months to record in the Kentish countryside with renowned producer Simon “Barny” Barnicott, who had previously worked with bands like Arctic Monkeys, Temper Trap, Kasabian and Bombay Bicycle Club, to name just a few. The band now had their producer of choice to release the sound that the songs had stored away.
Living like drifters for the past few years, writing songs with no strict genre or aesthetic, (Sighting influences from EDM, and Brit Pop to Trap and Juke). Sleeping, waking, waiting, meeting people, faces changed daily, one thing that remained was the dedicated fans coming to the shows which is where the band truly feel at home, on the stage.
Satellite Stories first offering from the new album is the track entitled “The Trap” Starting with a cacophony of Horns blaring the call to arms for a relationship tested to its limits when faced with the harsh reality of losing it all, in an ever controlling society"