APPROACH

✭ EMMA Best Rock Album Of The Year ✭ 

Von Hertzen Brothers Approach Album cover
  1. Disciple Of The Sun
  2. Let Thy Will Be Done
  3. River
  4. Endlessly
  5. In Your Arms
  6. Open Water Stormy Weather
  7. Ocean Of Mercy
  8. Kiss A Wish 
  9. After All

Release date: 17th May 2006

Written by Von Hertzen Brothers

Arranged by: Mikko von Hertzen, Kie von Hertzen, Jonne von Hertzen and Sami Kuoppamaki

Recorded by: Von Hertzen Brothers, Jukka Puurula, Roope Laasonen and Mikael Tiittanen
Produced by: Von Hertzen Brothers
Mixed by: Ilkka Herkman
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck

 

KIE’S MEMORIES OF APPROACH:

As with Experience, the initiative for this album came from Mikko.

The first album had been a nice project and it had left a good taste in our mouths. It didn’t gain any commercial success, and we only played three gigs with it, but we still felt good about it all.  We hadn’t thought of it as anything other than a necessary and creative one-off for ourselves.

In 2004, when Mikko brought a minidisc with five new songs on our family vacation to Egypt I remember listening to “River” on the dunes behind our Sharm El-Sheikh hotel, pondering whether to give this project another chance.

I had just finished working with my first theatre music pieces and new ones were already lining up. That new and interesting world was keeping me rather busy.  If we were to do this, most of the writing had to be on Mikko’s shoulders again. At Mikko’s end, the process took a while, and it was only after the second set of the songs that we decided to give it a go. In early 2005, we asked Sami Kuoppamäki to come to the studio with us to record these new songs. At the time, we were lucky to have my old bandmate Jukka Puurula working in a youth center studio in Munkkiniemi, and we booked him and the studio to have the drums recorded. The actual building of the album, the tracking, arranging, and production was done by just Mikko and myself as Jonne was busy gigging with his other bands.

When it comes to working on the album, I remember that the summer of 2005 was terribly hot and the ventilation in my small studio in south Helsinki was poor to say the least. On the other hand, maybe because of its central location by Hietalahdentori, we ended up getting some great guests to feature on some of the songs. We spent almost nine months working on and tweaking the album. We were free from any kind of commercial pressure and just wanted to make an album we could be proud of.

Once the album had been mastered and was ready to go, Mikko shopped it around with all the major labels. Many employees, especially in the A&R departments of the labels, were known to us as they, too, had played in famous Finnish bands. Regardless of our shared background, none of the labels were interested in releasing the album. The responses were along the lines of, “Haha, nice that you guys have been creative and so on, BUT you do know that this kind of proggy shit ain’t gonna fly AT ALL”.

A little disheartened, we kept looking for other alternatives and learned that The Rasmus guys, who at that time were the gold fingers in the Finnish pop and rock business, had just formed their own label, Dynasty Recordings. Lauri and Pauli, together with their manager Antti Eriksson, heard the album and got enthusiastic about releasing it through their new setup. It was a huge relief for us when the ball finally started rolling.

Receiving the Finnish Grammy (best rock album of the year) for Approach felt pretty good, especially after being rejected by basically all the people in the business who SHOULD know when they have something special offered to them.

2001
Experience

Experience

2001

SINGLES

Immortal Life, Devil of a Girl
2006

Approach

2006

SINGLES

Kiss a Wish, Let Thy Will Be Done (Promo), Disciple Of The Sun, In Your Arms
2006

EMMA AWARD - BEST ROCK ALBUM

Approach wins Finnish Grammy equivalent
2008

Love Remains The Same

2008

SINGLES

In The End, Freedom Fighter, Faded Photographs
2011

Stars Aligned

2010 - 2011

SINGLES

Miracle, Angels' Eyes, Gloria, Always Been Right
2011

OUR FIRST BOOK

VHB In Close Up - a photo book by Denis Vinokur was released
2012

The Best of

2013

PROG AWARD - ANTHEM WINNER

Flowers and Rust, the first single from Nine Lives, wins the "Anthem" award at the 2013 Progressive Music Awards
March 2013

RADIO NOVA SESSION

Don't Stop Me Now by Queen - this song was also officially released on our 'Coming Home EP'
2013

Nine Lives

2013

SINGLES

Flowers and Rust, Insomniac, Coming Home
2014

OFF THE RECORD

We record an acoustic session from the road on our way to Ruisrock Festival - watch on Youtube
2015

New Day Rising

2015

SINGLES

New Day Rising, Hold Me Up, Sunday Child
2017

War Is Over

2017 - 2018

SINGLES

The Arsonist, Long Lost Sailor, War Is Over, To The End of the World, Jerusalem
2022

Red Alert in the Blue Forest

2022

SINGLES

All of a Sudden, You're Gone
2022

OMVF AWARD - DOUBLE WIN

The video for All of a Sudden You're Gone wins Best Cinematography and the People's Vote at the Finnish Music Video Contest
2022

THE BLUE FOREST

Our partnership with The Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation saves 50 Hectares / 123 Acres of forest
Empty Date

BEST ALBUMS OF 2022

Red Alert In The Blue Forest is #3 in PROG Mag's Best Albums of 2022, and #15 in Classic Rock
2024

LIVE AT TAVASTIA

2024
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