Santa Cruz (band)

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Santa Cruz
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Background information
OriginHelsinki, Finland
GenresGlam metal, heavy metal, hard rock, metalcore
Years active2007–present
LabelsSpinefarm Records (2012-2015), Universal Music Group (2015-present)
Associated actsThe Local Band, Sebastian Bach
MembersArchie Cruz
Pav Cruz
Ero Cruz
Toxy Cruz
Past membersJohnny Cruz
Middy Cruz
Leo Stillman
Taz Cruz
Brody DeRozie
Jordan Marshall Cruz

Santa Cruz is a Finnish hard rock band formed in 2007 in Helsinki by Archie Cruz and Johnny Parkkonen. The songs of the band have appeared in a TV commercial of Mercedes-Benz[1] and in sports compilation clips of U.S. ESPN television network.[2]

Vocalist and guitarist Archie Cruz has appeared in "The Local Band" lineup with Alexi Laiho (of Children of Bodom), Olli Herman (of Reckless Love) and Jussi 69 (of the 69 Eyes).[3]


Formation and Demos (2007-2013)[edit]

Arttu Kuosmanen and Joonas Parkkonen formed Santa Cruz in 2007, with bassist Mitja Toivonen joining in 2008. The band released two demos in 2008-2009.[4] After changing a number of temporary drummers,[5] they settled for a full-time drummer, Taz Fagerström in 2009 becoming a 4-member band.[6] The band released a self-released EP of 6 songs titled Anthems for the Young 'n' Restless, which helped them get signed with Finnish record label, Spinefarm Records in 2012[7]

Screaming For Adrenaline (2013-2015)[edit]

The band released their first studio album Screaming for Adrenaline in April 2013.[8] The album reached no. 27 on Finnish album chart [9] The band had live shows in England, Belgium and Germany in 2013.[10]

Santa Cruz and Skydiving Without A Parachute (2015-2016)[edit]

Their eponymous 2nd album Santa Cruz was released in March 2015. The album featured a heavier sound than the previous and the band has described its sound as "glamcore". The album debuted as no. 3 on Finnish album chart.[11] In 2015, the band made a European tour of 27 gigs.[12] In 2016, the band toured with Sebastian Bach in the U.S.[13][14] In June 2016, Santa Cruz released the single "Sky Diving Without A Parachute".

Drag Me Down and Bad Blood Rising (2016-2017)[edit]

In late 2016, the band released a cover of One Direction’s "Drag Me Down". The band released their third album, "Bad Blood Rising" in November 2017, featuring the singles “River Phoenix” and “Young Blood Rising.”

Lineup Changes and Katharsis (2018-present)[edit]

On March 18, 2018 the band, through their social media accounts, announced the cancellation of their upcoming U.S. tour as well as the departure of Johnny, Middy, and Taz, leaving Archie as the sole original member of the band.[15]

On April 16, 2018 Brody DeRozie was announced as the band's new guitarist, however on May 22, 2018 Brody announced his departure from Santa Cruz.[16]

On July 7, 2018 Archie posted a video on his YouTube Channel, featuring new Santa Cruz guitarist, Pav Cruz.[17]

On August 3, 2018 Jordan Marshall was announced as the band’s new drummer, however on January 31, 2019 Jordan left the band, 3 days into tour rehearsal.[citation needed]


  • Arttu "Archie Cruz" Kuosmanen - vocals, rhythm and lead guitar, acoustic guitar (2007–present)
  • Pavel "Pav Cruz" Popov - lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar (2018-present)
  • Eemi "Ero Cruz" Lamberg - bass (2019-present)
  • Tuomas "Toxy Cruz" Lehtonen - drums (2019-present)

Past Members[edit]

  • Joonas "Johnny Cruz" Parkkonen - lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, backing vocals (2007–2018)
  • Mitja "Middy Cruz" Toivonen - bass, backing vocals (2008–2018)
  • Leo Stillman - drums (2007)
  • Orkku - drums (2008)
  • Tapani "Taz Cruz" Fagerström - drums, percussion, backing vocals (2009–2018)
  • Brody DeRozie - lead guitar (2018)
  • Jordan "Jordan Marshall Cruz" Faintuch - drums, percussion (2018-2019)



Studio albums[edit]

  • Screaming for Adrenaline (2013)
  • Santa Cruz (2015)
  • Bad Blood Rising (2017)
  • Katharsis (2019)


  • Relentless Renegades (2013)
  • Nothing Compares to You (2013)
  • We Are the Ones to Fall (2014)
  • Wasted And Wounded (2014)
  • My Remedy (2015)
  • Skydiving Without a Parachute (2016)
  • Drag Me Down (2016)
  • River Phoenix (2017)
  • Young Blood Rising (2017)
  • Changing of Seasons (2019)
  • Tell Me Why (2019)


  • Another Rush of Adrenaline (2009)
  • Anthems for the Young 'n' Restless (2011)

Music videos[edit]

  • Anthem for the Young 'n' Restless (2011)
  • Aiming High (2013)
  • Relentless Renegades (2013)
  • Nothing Compares to You (2013)
  • We Are the Ones to Fall (2014)
  • Wasted N' Wounded (2014)
  • My Remedy (2015)
  • Let Them Burn (2015)
  • Young Blood Rising (2017)


  1. ^ "Santa Cruz-yhtye suuren luokan automainoksessa". Yle Uutiset. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  2. ^ "Suomalaisbändi Santa Cruz kertoo, kuinka Yhdysvalloissa kävi tsägä – video". Yle Uutiset. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  3. ^ "THE LOCAL BAND Featuring CHILDREN OF BODOM's Alexi Laiho Perform Classics From MÖTLEY CRÜE, SKID ROW, RATT And VAN HALEN Live In Helsinki; Video Available". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  4. ^ Vihdin Uutiset: Rokkibändi Santa Cruz haluaa Lauri Tähkän syövän sanansa (in Finnish)
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  6. ^ "at Metal from Finland". Metal From Finland. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Santa Cruz - Melodic Hard Rock". Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Levyarviot: Santa Cruz - Screaming for Adrenaline ::". Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Listablogi: Kädet terveimmillään". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  10. ^ "Band | Santa Cruz". Santa Cruz. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  11. ^ "Listablogi: Kädet terveimmillään". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  12. ^ "Suomalaisbändi Santa Cruz kertoo, kuinka Yhdysvalloissa kävi tsägä – video". Yle Uutiset. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  13. ^ "Past gigs | Santa Cruz". Santa Cruz. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  14. ^ "YleX |". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
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