Last week, multi-platinum selling Finnish rock band The Rasmus revealed they will compete in Finland’s annual Eurovision selection contest, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (The New Music Competition). The response from the media and the band’s fanbase following Wednesday’s announcement has been enormous, with The Rasmus peaking at #11 in the UK as a trending topic on Twitter and making national headlines in both the UK and in their native Finland, where the band were featured in all major media outlets, including TV and the country’s biggest newspaper.
Today, the band have released their infectious new single and Eurovision entry bid ‘Jezebel’ via Playground Music, one of seven songs competing in the UMK. Stream the track here and watch the lyric video here.
The track was co-written and produced by Desmond Child, who collaborated with The Rasmus on their seventh studio album ‘Black Roses’. Child is responsible for formulating some of rock’s biggest hits, with co-writer and production credits on iconic songs by KISS, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Alice Cooper, to name a few.
Singer Lauri Ylönen comments: “It was awesome to work with Desmond again. He really knows how to put a hit song together. Jezebel is about a girl who takes what she wants, without asking. A free spirit.”
Speaking about the collaboration, Desmond Child says: “Lauri gives me a call and says ‘Hey, I need to write the biggest, greatest song in the entire world, ever. Will you do it [with me]?’ and I said ‘Yeah but I am in Folegandros (Greece)’ and he says, ‘I’ll be right there’.
Jezebel is an homage, a tribute, to the strong women of today, who own their bodies, who are in charge of their sensuality, their sexuality, and who are determined to be an equal.”
The UMK winner and Finland’s next Eurovision Song Contest participant will be chosen at the UMK22 event in Turku Logomo on February 26, 2022. The final will be shown live on Yle TV1, Yle Areena and Yle’s radio channels from 9 pm to 11 pm EET. The winner will be chosen by TV viewers and the International UMK Jury. Those outside of Finland can watch the show at https://areena.yle.fi/tv
The band also announced the departure of founding guitarist Pauli Rantasalmi and introduced their new guitarist, Emilia ‘Emppu’ Suhonen. The UMK performance will be the band’s first with their new lineup.
Revisit the band’s previously released singles:
Armed with a new arsenal of songs and a revitalised lineup, The Rasmus will embark on a World Tour in the fall of 2022.
THE RASMUS TOUR 2022
Mon 10 Germany Hamburg Markthalle
Tue 11 Germany Berlin Metropol
Wed 12 Poland Warsaw Proxima
Thu 13 Poland Krakow Kwadrat
Fri 14 Germany Leipzig Taubchental
Sat 15 Czech Rep. Prague Forum Karlin
Mon 17 Hungary Budapest BNMC
Tue 18 Austria Vienna Ottakringer Brauerei
Wed 19 Germany Munich Neue Theaterfabrik
Fri 21 Italy Milan Fabrique
Sat 22 Switzerland Bern Bierhubeli
Sun 23 France Paris La Maroquinerie
Mon 24 Luxembourg Esch-Sur-Alzette Rockhal
Tue 25 Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof (Halfhouse)
Thu 27 Germany Cologne LMH
Fri 28 Holland Haarlem Patronaat
Sun 30 England Nottingham Rock City
Mon 31 England Manchester O2 Ritz
Tue 01 Scotland Glasgow Garage
Wed 02 England Bristol O2 Academy
Thu 03 England London O2 Forum Kentish Town
Sat 05 Ukraine Kiev Mc Hall
Sun 06 Ukraine Lviv Malevich Club
Mon 07 Ukraine Odessa Musical Comedy Theatre
Tue 08 Ukraine Dnipro Shynnic House Of Culture
Wed 09 Ukraine Kharekiv Mekhanika
Fri 11 Russia Moscow Stadium
Sat 12 Russia St Petersburg A2
THE RASMUS are:
Lauri Ylönen – vocals
Eero Heinonen – bass
Emppu Suhonen – guitars
Aki Hakala – drums
Photo Credit: Venla Shalin