They are coming right at you. Gut-churning melancholy and face-melting energy
their main weapons. Embrace the devastation known as LAPKO.
The band has cultivated its frenetic sound for over a dozen years. Three guys, friends
since they were kids in the small town of Harjavalta, have welded into a tight-knit
unit. Every piece holds the others together. Lapko's perfect trio of Malja (guitar and
vocals), Anssi Nordberg (bass) and Janne Heikkonen (drums) first pricked ears with
energetic live shows. Then the release of the EP Your Special K.O. (2003) and debut
album The Arms (2004) introduced a hungry band.
The music's evolution from punk to explosive yet heart-wrenching rock still
continues. The basics remain: sharp drumming and tight basslines are the steady
spine with dizzying guitars and desperate vocals branching out like the nervous
system. Second album Scandal (2006) took LAPKO to number two in the Finnish
album charts. The reputation as a fierce live band continued to grow in Finland,
around Europe and in the US. Third album Young Desire (2007) added more depth
and vulnerability to Lapko's aggressive melancholy.
In 2009 Lapko crossed the Atlantic and set camp in Woodstock, New York Producer
D. James Goodwin was trusted with focusing the trio's buzzing inspiration and
ambition to create A New Bohemia (2010), and a year after this fruitful cooperation
the band returned to Woodstock record their next album, the hard hitting LOVE
In 2013, the band’s founding member & drummer Janne Heikkonen moved on to
play the guitar and the band recruited Jussi Matikainen to play drums, and so
LAPKO MK2 was born.
After 5 top ten albums, countless live shows and a new member in the band, LAPKO
camped at the E-Studio in Helsinki to record their new album with producer David
Bottrill (TOOL, Placebo, Muse), and enlisted D. James Goodwin again to mix the yet
untitled album, which will be out in spring 2015.
Ville Malja (guitar and vocals)
Anssi Nordberg (bass)
Janne Heikkonen (guitar)
Jussi Matikainen (drums)