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WLM Concert Review: Steve ‘n’ Seagulls at Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City

February 16, 2017
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Is it a put on, a schtick, some kind of gimmick? Are the boys in Steve ‘n’ Seagulls really a bunch of “hillbillies” from Finland or are they something different?

Had the chance to catch Steve ‘n’ Seagulls on their latest North American run at the Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City. It was the band’s first visit to Utah and the crowd approved of what we saw. About 200 of us gathered to witness the bluegrass interpretations of hard rock and Metal songs from across several decades. Although they didn’t play anything original, their versions of well known songs are unique nonetheless.

You’ve likely seen the videos of the band cranking out such songs as The Trooper or Thunderstruck. I figured the band was just a bunch of hicks (I use that appreciatively) from the backwoods of Finland. Maybe they are, but their performance belies the backstory. Steve ‘n’ Seagulls may play the part of hillbilly, but truth be told, they are a group of very talented musicians who know their instruments and rock in a unique way. I was instantly absorbed when they launched into their set. Playing songs from bands such as The Offspring, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple, Steve ‘n’ Seagulls shows that they can take just about anything, route it through Finland, and make it sound like it came from West Virginia (apologies to Byzantine).

The band certainly looked like they were enjoying themselves, despite some issues they had over the previous 24 hours. Their set didn’t indicate that anything sideways was happening, other than a group of 5 gents were jamming on some favorite songs – even if it was with acoustic guitar, a balalaika, mandolins, banjo, accordion, double bass, and a minimalist drum set. No matter their approach, I enjoyed it and so did everyone else at the show.

Thanks to the band and Jon.

Check out some of my photos of the show.



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