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Private Line – 21st Century Pirates [2004]

PRIVATE_LINE_21CPCountry Finland          Style Glam/Hard Rock

Rating 87/100

Band Members
Eliaz – Drums, Illy – Guitars, Jack – Guitars, Sammy – Vocals, Spit – Bass

01. 1-800-Out-Of-Nowhere (3:17), 02. Little Sister (2:50), 03. Forever And A Day (4:04), 04. While God Saves I Destroy (3:33), 05. Already Dead (3:30), 06. White-Collar Crime (3:05), 07. Cheerleaders & Dopedealers (4:03), 08. Selflove-Sick (3:56), 09. Bleed (3:51), 10. Live Wire (3:15), 11. Last Night On Earth (5:45)

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Profile The band was founded in the 1990s (in Jyväskylä, a city in the center of Finland) , when the founding members, Sammy, Jari Huttunen, and Eliaz were still teenagers. They bonded through love of Hanoi Rocks and Mötley Crüe. Private Line won a local band competition and used the prize money from it to record and release their debut EP Smooth Motions in 1998. After recording Smooth Motions, the band brought in two new members: Spit and Illy. Together they recorded a 5 song promo-cd. Founding member and guitarist Jari left the band and joined in Finnish heavy metal act Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus in May 2002.

April 2004 saw the appearance of the band’s debut full-length album 21st Century Pirates. The album reached #18 at the official Finnish Top40 record charts at its first week and got great reviews in the Finnish and foreign press. “Forever And a Day” was released before the album in February 2004 and it shot up the Finnish record charts, reaching #3 at its first week. “Sleep Tight” could also be heard in the Finnish box-office hit movie and soundtrack Levottomat3 by Solar Films Inc. in February 2004. 

The second single from the debut album carrying the name “1-800-Out-of-Nowhere” was put out in June 2004 and reached #4 in the Finnish single charts. The video of the song stayed on MTV’s Up North Top10 video chart for 10 weeks. In August 2004 21st Century Pirates was also released in Japan by JVC Victor Entertainment and later same year in Australia, New-Zealand, Italy, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine. A third single (released December 2004) from the album, called “Already Dead” brought the band more success with another top 5 charting in their native Finland. The single release consisted also 3 songs “While God Saves I Destroy”, White-Collar Crime, Cheerleaders 6 Dopedealers” live video from Tampere at Tullikamari, Pakkahuone.

The band toured for the album in various countries, such as Japan, Italy, Spain, England, Germany, Sweden and Russia. They supported also acts like Mötley Crüe (2 shows in Helsinki and Turku June 2005), Alice Cooper (in Turin, Italy July 2005), D-A-D (5 shows Scandinavian tour, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Turku, Tampere in October 2005) and Brides of Destruction, a band featuring Nikki Sixx and Tracii Guns, in their hometown Helsinki at the Tavastia Club in June 2004.


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