Every piece holds the others together. Lapko's perfect trio of Malja (guitar and vocals), Anssi Nordberg (bass) and Janne Heikkonen (drums) first pricked ears with energetic live shows. Then the release of the EP Your Special K.O. (2003) and debut album The Arms (2004) introduced a hungry band. The music's evolution from punk to explosive yet heart-wrenching rock still continues.
The basics remain: sharp drumming and tight basslines are the steady spine with dizzying guitars and desperate vocals branching out like the nervous system. Second album Scandal (2006) took LAPKO to number two in the Finnish album charts. The reputation as a fierce live band continued to grow in Finland, around Europe and in the US. Third album Young Desire (2007) added more depth and vulnerability to Lapko's aggressive melancholy. In 2009 Lapko crossed the Atlantic and set camp in Woodstock, New York Producer D.
James Goodwin was trusted with focusing the trio's buzzing inspiration and ambition to create A New Bohemia (2010), and a year after this fruitful cooperation the band returned to Woodstock record their next album, the hard hitting LOVE (2012). In 2013, the band’s founding member & drummer Janne Heikkonen moved on to play the guitar and the band recruited Jussi Matikainen to play drums, and so LAPKO MK2 was born. After 5 top ten albums, countless live shows and a new member in the band, LAPKO camped at the E-Studio in Helsinki to record their new album with producer David Bottrill (TOOL, Placebo, Muse), and enlisted D. James Goodwin again to mix the new album called Freedom, which will be out in spring 2015. LAPKO Ville Malja (guitar and vocals) Anssi Nordberg (bass) Janne Heikkonen (guitar) Jussi Matikainen (drums) Links: www.lapko.com www.facebook.com/lapkolapko www.twitter.com/lapkomusic www.instagram.com/lapkogram Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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