Scandinavian Music Group

 

Scandinavian Music Group

Though their name refers to American Music Club, and their history of being founded on the heritage of an extremely successful antecedent brings to mind New Order, it was "the Finnish Fleetwood Mac" how an Estonian newspaper decided to call Scandinavian Music Group in their review of the group's latest album Missä olet Laila? that came out last year. The Estonians gave the album nine points out of ten, and it is pretty much the same tune as the Finnish critics have been humming to. SMG themselves thought they had made an uncommercial, artsy-fartsy wee pop album that would flop really badly. Gee, they must be really disappointed now.

When Ultra Bra disbanded in 2001, it was clear to everyone that many familiar faces from the band would by no means disappear from the Finnish music scene. And lo and behold, already in January 2002 Scandinavian Music Group, back then consisting only of four former members of UB, released their first single. Though at first their role in people's hearts was clearly to fill the enormous gap that the massively popular Ultra Bra had left, over the past few years they have clearly found their own identity. Smaller, quieter and much more tender than the twelve-strong Ultra Bra, they feel like the slow, sunny and wonderfully relaxed Sunday after the sparkling party of Saturday night, but they can rock too when they're in the mood. No need for any more name dropping here: in 2008, Scandinavian Music Group is the only name you need.


www.scandinavianmusicgroup.com
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