Today we can announce that Wheel's new bassist will be the amazing Aki Virta. He kicks ass. Come check out one of our upcoming shows to see for yourself! Regarding shows, we have some really cool stuff in the pipeline for 2020 that we will announce as soon as we can.
Today, we unfortunately have to announce that our bassist Mikko has decided to leave Wheel for reasons that out of respect for his privacy, we are unwilling to discuss. We collectively wish Mikko well with his future endeavours and have felt truly privileged to work on the band with him over the past four years - good luck with whatever comes next from all of us!
New date and time have been arranged for our Euroblast show next month: We are playing the Sidestage at 10.15 pm on Friday 27th September.
We are happy to announce the Best Tour Ever Part 1 with Lost Society, Arion and Shiraz Lane.
Six days tour starts on December 26th from Lutakko in Jyväskylä, from where it continues through Turku, Nivala, Oulu and Helsinki to Olympia-kortteli in Tampere, celebrating the beginning of the new decade 2020.
Tickets on sale August 28th.
We are pumped to be hitting the road again with Soen at the end of August! We will be visiting a lot of countries we have never played in before and we are looking forward to meeting some new fans.
Find the dates below:
8/27/2019 PPC – Graz, AT
8/28/2019 A38 Hajo – Budapest, HU
8/30/2019 Posada Rock Festival – Campulung, RO
8/31/2019 Mixtape 5 – Sofia, BG
9/03/2019 Volkswagen Arena – Istanbul, TR
9/04/2019 Principal Club Theater – Thessaloniki, GR
9/05/2019 Gagarin 205 – Athens, GR
9/07/2019 Trainstation SubArt – Kranj, SI
9/08/2019 Arena Wien – Vienna, AT
9/09/2019 Legend Club – Milan, IT
9/11/2019 Klub Kwadrat – Krakow, PL
9/12/2019 Progresja – Warsaw, PL
9/13/2019 Scheune – Dresden, DE
9/14/2019 Rider’s Café – Lübeck, DE
9/15/2019 Pustervik – Gothenburg, SE
9/17/2019 Olympia Korttelli – Tampere, FI
9/18/2019 The Circus – Helsinki, FI
9/20/2019 Fryshuset Klubben – Stockholm, SE
We are looking forward to playing at Damnation Festival in Leeds on November 2nd!
We are proud to announce that we will be playing at this year’s Euroblast Festival!
We will be supporting Katatonia on their Night Comes Down Over Europe Tour in late May!
Our new album ‘Moving Backwards’ is out now!
If an album is nothing more than a snapshot of where a band is at a given point in their life-cycle, then "Moving Backwards" is a record of a really cool moment in Wheel's development. The band was under an enormous amount of self-inflicted time pressure to complete the song writing, arranging, sound design and recording for the material and if anything, this has lent an organic immediacy and an ever-present, suspenseful chaos to the seven tracks on the recording.
Compared to their previous EPs, every part of the creative process was improved in some way. From collaborating more closely (including some really impactful creative contributions from recent addition to the team, guitarist Roni Seppänen), mix engineer, Jesse Vainio's phenomenal mic placement for the room sounds of the drum recording, broad experimentation with amplification and sound design and lyrics, contemplating modern society's descent into tribalism, "Moving Backwards" is the new standard Wheel have set for themselves, moving forward.
We are very excited to be part of this year’s line up of Festival Holledau in Bavaria on July 5th!
New song out now!
Up The Chain was inspired by countless politicians, CEOs and public figures who seem to view the poor with contempt and are only interested in dealing with those who can further their own interests. The notion that financial success is a choice that most people are failing to make is a dangerous delusion that highlights how completely unaware many of the world's most wealthy and powerful people really are about the plight of common people. The lyrics in the song are from the perspective of a member of this ruling class and how ruthlessness is rewarded while empathy is perceived as weakness.