The Unlikely Journey of Steve ‘n’ Seagulls Through Bluegrass
In 2011, the story of Steve ‘n’ Seagulls unfolded as a group of musicians came together, with vocalist Remmel noting the evolutionary journey of the band’s lineup over the years.
Their unconventional path to fame involved uploading quirky covers on YouTube six years into their journey, as Remmel candidly shared, “We wanted some agency to discover us.” This decision marked a turning point for the band, setting them on a trajectory toward broader recognition.
Defying assumptions, all the band members hail from Finland, challenging the stereotype that they draw inspiration from southern U.S. music culture. Remmel emphasized the diverse origins of their instruments, with some rooted in places like Kentucky and others, like the accordion, reflecting Finland’s rich musical tradition. Despite this cultural mosaic, their 2016 album, Brothers In Farms, achieved a remarkable feat by securing the top spot on the Billboard Bluegrass chart.
A Fresh Take on Legendary Rock Hits
Steve ‘n’ Seagulls has carved out a niche by covering songs from legendary bands such as AC/DC, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Metallica, KISS, and Guns N’ Roses. The twist lies in their ability to transform these rock anthems into bluegrass renditions that defy expectations. With instruments like the banjo, acoustic guitar, double bass, mandolin, sink, and even spoons, they breathe new life into familiar lyrics, infusing them with a distinct bluegrass charm.
Their YouTube channel boasts a collection of widely-viewed videos, featuring inventive takes on classics like “Nothing Else Matters,” “November Rain,” “You Shook Me All Night Long,” and “Thunderstruck.” The band’s ability to marry diverse musical influences and create something uniquely their own has cemented their status as a standout force in the world of bluegrass reinterpretations.
Watch their cover below.