Interview with Pekka Heino (Brother Firetribe)

The powerhouse Finnish hard rockers BROTHER FIRETRIBE have just released their killer new album SUNBOUND!

Casper had a chat with front-man Pekka Heino about SUNBOUND! 

Brother Firetribe – the five-strong outfit fuelled by class compositions and top-of-the-line musicianship, the latter underpinned by the signature style of Nightwish guitarist, Emppu Vuorinen – have announced the March 24th release of fourth full-length album,‘Sunbound’, via Spinefarm Records

Featuring 12 new pieces of music, including lead track ‘Taste Of A Champion’ plus follow-up single / video ‘Indelible Heroes’, due out next month, ‘Sunbound’ has been mixed by Finnish studio-meisteMikko Karmila (NightwishChildren Of Bodom,Stratovarius), and is the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Diamond In The Firepit’.

Since first coming together for their ‘False Metal’ debut back in 2006Brother Firetribe have flown the flag for a brand of music (‘ultra-melodic West Coast AOR’) that once strode the US radio airwaves like a colossus, filling up arenas and providing the silky soundtrack to pool-side summers and wind-in-the-hair coastal highway drives; music pioneered by some of rock music’s most legendary names… 

However, Brother Firetribe – that’s vocalist Pekka Ansio Heino, keyboard player Tomppa Nikulainen,  bassist Jason Flinck, drummer Hannes Pirila, plus Vuorinen himself – are not trying to hitch a DeLorean ride into the past; rather, their collective aim is to both celebrate and reinvigorate a musical style that is all about big hooks, strong melodies, soaring vocals and searing guitars, not to mention the desire to entertain on a grand an’ glorious scale.

‘Taste Of A Champion’ – recently used as the theme for a major Finnish advertising campaign – packs all of the above qualities into an epic three-and-a-half minutes of ‘Rocky’ soundtrack-style delight, setting the tone for an album that stands as the perfect antidote to long, lonely winter nights under the duvet.

Brother Firetribe - Indelible Heroes