Photo credits: Marek Sabogal

The 69 Eyes’ Jyrki 69 to Chaoszine: “Everything is exciting and wonderful again after these three years; it’s time to go ahead with our lives”

Author Flavia Andrade - 20.4.2023

When the sun goes down and the moon comes up, Finnish goth/glam goo-goo mucks The 69 Eyes proudly wear their sunglasses, leather jackets and black eyeliner to become one with the night. Founded in the hazy, murky, twilit bars of Helsinki more than 30 years ago, the band circling around Northern gothic rock epitome Jyrki 69 has done exemplary service to all things dark, releasing twelve revered albums, touring the world over, even going platinum in their home country, all the while maintaining a strong tie to the graveyard shift of rock’n’roll.

With an eclectic penchant for morbidity, glamour, sex and the supernatural, these nocturnal animals embody both the foggy essence of Nordic gothic rock and the lusty decadence of Sunset Strip glam, haunting everyone from gothic rock ghoul to metal dude, from glam rock
cat to rockabilly fiend. It’s classy, sexy, raunchy and dramatic. Their ominous thirteenth album “Death Of Darkness” celebrates this unholy union with a new set of love songs to the darkness in all of us, proudly howling at the moon and sinking their fangs deep within our necks. Come, sweet death, and have a drink with me. The night is young, and life is short.

Chaoszine had the opportunity to have a chat with frontman Jyrki 69, and discuss both the new album and re-emerging from the pandemic into a new tour. He also spoke about working with Kat von D on the track “This Murder Takes Two“. The interview starts with a casual chat about the movie “Interview with the Vampire”, a very fitting start for a chat with one of Helskinki’s very own Children of Darkness.

You can hear the full audio interview below: