Jessi Frey and O.D. started Velcra in around year 2000. It started with the two making songs with a Roland XP-50 and a sampler. Those early demos turned into a full-on band made up of some amazing musicians, and sound and light engineers. Velcra was signed to Virgin/EMI in 2001 and released its first album Consequences of Disobedience in 2002. The second album Between Force and Fate was also released through Virgin/EMI in 2005. The third album was released in 2007 through our Velcra’s own label Underarts. In October 2008 Velcra played its last gig and the members of the band went our separate ways.
All albums are available on Spotify, Nokia Music, iTunes etc.
Over the years Velcra lineup included:
- Mikko Herranen – drums. Mikko is now a solo artist, making waves in Finland. Check his page here.
- DJ Freak – sounds & samples. Freak plays DJ gigs regularly
- Wille Hartonen – Wille is the singer of Iiwanajulma
- Timo Hänninen – guitar. Timo plays in several great bands. Check out Iiwanajulma and Loner Fin
- Tomi Koivusaari – guitar. Tomi was visiting us for a while. His band is Amorphis
- Teppo Hudson – bass. Teppo played bass around the time of our first album.
Consequences of Disobedience (2002):
The first album was a blend of all the things we liked. It’s full of pop melodies spiced up with harder rock and metal elements.
Our first video was made as a student project. We stood in that pool of water for three days.
Can’t Stop Fighting:
The second video was filmed in a train shelter. Over 100 volunteers turned up to party with us.
The footage to this video was filmed during our German tour. It pretty much sums up what that tour was about.
Between Force and Fate (2005)
Our second album took a harder hitting approach. We were very much influenced by the live gigs, and wanted to create songs that would work well in the live situation.
Our Will Against Their Will:
This video was filmed at a gig in Tavastia, Helsinki. A great gig indeed.
Memory Loss is made by our friend and animator CHRZU.
The Bong Song
This was the first video we produced ourselves.
Hadal was our last album. At this time we felt we’d done all the screaming and shouting we needed, and wanted to make something beautiful and fragile.
Quick and Dirty:
Another one of our own productions, Quick and Dirty was a quick and dirty video. It was pretty much improvised on the set.
Dusk Becomes Dawn:
This video was more about playing with light than a big story line. Many of the scenes in this video were created on the spot and in the moment.