Finnish trio Plant My Bones offer up a thrilling sound that harnesses influences from across the rock and metal spectrum. The band combines prog rock influences, modern metal riffing and multi-layered harmonies alongside stunning vocals that, in their words, packs “maximal amounts of whoopass mayhem shabang.”
The trio of cousins Jenna Kosunen (vocals, keyboards, bass) and cousins Elias (guitar) and Konsta Ruuska (drums) started playing music together aged around 14 or 15 at school in Ylivieska. They started out as a quartet called Wagtails and, five years later, reverted to a trio in the summer of 2020. The band has since honed a sound that they describe as being “creative, powerful and crazy,” which saw them change up their style and band dynamic, hence the band name change.
As they tell us: “We truly believe that we have an original and unique sound that can’t be compared to any single band. The sound is a mix of our individual influences, which all shine through somewhere in our music. Our music contains heavy and hard hitting riffs, multi-layered vocal and synth parts, groovy and creative drum beats and all around original and interesting work in all instrumental fronts.
Our first taste of their music was recent single Red River, which comes from their debut EP Stage 1.0, which was released a couple of weeks ago. Red River opens up with heavy chugging guitars with proggy flurries, which flow into an engaging opening verse led by Jenna’s impressive vocals. That flows into a powerful chorus that drops into more of the chugging opening guitars.
More engaging vocals take over alongside a heavy bassline and a meandering guitar line, which flow into another big chorus. The pace finally drops slightly with drawn-out guitars that build in intensity and develop into a final chorus that ends on impressively powerful vocals.
On the track, they told us: “Thanks to the distribution deal we made with Inverse records, we have been able to spread to new international audiences, and have made our first appearances in different music media outlets and radio stations across the world.
“From Red River people can expect all the things we promised before and more! Red River is also the heaviest and perhaps the gloomiest song from the upcoming EP. It delivers a heavy groove with deep atmosphere and a banger of a chorus!” Check it out in the video here:
There’s plenty more to get excited about on their superb debut EP. It starts with a bang with lively opener The Tiger Song, which opens with rolling drums, driving guitars and synths that drop into an opening verse dominated by Jenna’s powerful vocals. That flows into a huge chorus, which second time around gives way to a funky little instrumental section.
Back on the Clouds offers more of the same, with unrelentingly powerful vocals supported by intriguing instrumentals, including a cool little guitar solo before a final chorus. The heaviness is ramped up in The Scheme, which opens with booming guitars that feed into an opening verse supported by chugging guitar chords and twinkling synth. But Jenna’s amazing vocals take over in a massive chorus, before again showing off the power of her voice in a huge chorus mid-way through. A funky little solo jumps in before setting up a final huge chorus. Check out this stunning track here:
The EP goes out in style with Solar Soul, which starts slowly but develops into a cool little proggy section. Jenna’s vocals take over with a big instrumental backdrop before another proggy section. An unusually laid-back section builds up to a typically powerful conclusion to the EP.
On the EP, the band told us: “We are super excited to showcase what we have come up with during our time of isolation over the course of the past year or so. For a long time, we’ve been trying to find our own sound and voice as songwriters, working with numerous producers and recording studios. But on this EP we decided to produce and record everything by ourselves.
“Only the drums were recorded at Headline Studios in Tampere with Onni Pietilä as our recording engineer. The EP was mixed and mastered by a talented friend of ours, Jere Isberg. We’re eager to show people what kind of band we truly are, now that there’s been nothing holding our creativity back and no one telling us what to do.”
Plant My Bones’ music has taken influence from a wide range of music, but key influences include a diverse mix of Rush, Gojira and Opeth.
And on what inspires them to write music, they told us: “Our lyrics get their influences from different natural phenomena, animals, strange dreams, mystic events of the world and the vastness of space. For example, the song Red River tells the tale of a comet that wipes out all life on earth.”
Plant My Bones are very much a band to get excited about. They’ve honed a unique sound that packs a punch led by Jenna’s stunning vocals and we’re looking forward to hearing more from them. Luckily, there’s plenty more to come, with the band already busy writing “tons of new songs.” They’re also getting back into gigging, including two huge shows in the Wacken Metal Battle’s national finals at Nummirock 2022 and the Global Battle of the Bands national finals.
And the band added: “We would like people to know that we already have lots of new heavier and more progressive material brewing at the moment and we can’t wait for the world to hear it!”
You can follow Plant My Bones on Facebook and Instagram, and check out their music on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, Deezer and YouTube. And check out more great new music from Finland and beyond through their record label Inverse Records.