Favorite city: It's hard to choose between Hamburg, Berlin, Munich or Cologne. It's always good to come back to the major German cities. So let's say Groningen.
Biggest sin: We are Saints, not sinners!
Awkward touring moment: Finding out that your sleeping place is somebody else's bed, who comes home late at night and, finding out we sleep in his bed, starts having sex on the couch next to us. When we ask him what the hell he thinks he's doing, he says: 'have you never heard the sound of love before?'
The Dutch/Finnish Town of Saints started as a busking act in 2010, when Harmen Ridderbos (lead vocal/guitar) and Heta Salkolahti (violin/vocals) met each other in the mountains of Austria. The following five years the duo toured extensively throughout Europe. Meanwhile transforming from an upbeat indie-folk act to a five-headed groove-machine.
Town of Saints’ new album ‘No Place Like This’ (Snowstar Records / Caroline International) mixes tropical and darker influences. It is rich in being minimalistic as well as grand orchestral arrangements, along the lines of Arcade Fire, Local Natives and Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’. It succeeds the debut album ‘Something To Fight With’ (2013), which was acclaimed in the Netherlands as well as outside their home country. The success of the album resulted in performing over 130 live shows (amongst which Dauwpop, Indian Summer Festival, Ramasuri Rock and Lost in Music), throughout 11 European countries, in 2014 alone. Within half a year after the release of their debut album, Town of Saints was proclaimed as one of the most promising Dutch acts by national radio and television.
No Place Like This’ is a journey that describes the ambiguity between modern life and our primal nature. It adopts a position on the rationality of our modern society and questions whether or not it, in the end, is rational at all. ‘No Place Like This’ can be situated in different locations: your own environment, this globe or the universe in which we suddenly seem to be part of. This phrase is closely related to ‘there is no place like home’.