What happens when you put together a well respected music producer and an established singer? You get The Nights!

Producer and guitarist Ilkka Wirtanen has worked in the music industry for many years and has produced four albums for the Reckless Love, as well as helping to write some of their well-known songs, such as ‘Hot’ and ‘Night On Fire.’ He joined forces with Sami Hyde in the summer of 2015 to form The Nights. Hyde has sung with many different projects, which include the Tony Mills Band, as well as writing songs for bands such as The Magnificent (‘If It Takes All Night,’ ‘Lost’ and ‘Drive’).

The two men came together to create music that “makes you feel good” and as a tribute to their heros of music such as TNT. The mix of this has brought us an album which is full of modern melodic Rock with classic Pop melodies. This creates this easy listening album full of tracks which do exactly what they set out to do, and that is to make us feel good.

You know you’re in for a treat straight off the mark with ‘Welcome to the Show.’ Hyde’s voice takes you back to those days when Whitesnake and Def Leppard were at the heights of their career. The opening riff eases you into the track before it takes a heavy twist and will have you tapping your foot.

‘Elegy (You Should Be Here)’ gives us a more ballad based song, showing the variety this band has to offer. With a catchy chorus and the beautiful sounds of Wirtanen’s electric guitar, this is a fantastic track. Throw on the background rain and we could be transported back to those late ’80s and early ’90s days.

‘Juliette’ is another fantastic track from the album that gives you that feel-good vibe. With a strong drum beat making the backbone of this track, the guitar sits perfectly with it to create this Pop feel that the band portrays so well. The chorus will definitely have you singing along and moving to the beat.

Every track on the album shows the immense talent this band has to offer, with well-written lyrics that will have you singing along to the guitar riffs and solos. Check out ‘Nothing but Love’ and ‘Hold On’ for more highlights. In fact, the whole album could be considered a highlight when it comes to this band. This as a whole is an exceptionally well put together album that shows the years of experience these guys have.

I highly recommend you check these guys out when the self-titled album lands on the 4th August. If you love feel good songs with that melodic rock edge you won’t want to miss The Nights.


Track List


  1. Welcome to the Show
  2. Nothing But Love
  3. Juliette
  4. I Will Never Stop Loving You
  5. In the Blink of an Eye
  6. Hold On
  7. Elegy (You Should Be Here)
  8. Take Me to Heaven
  9. You Belong to Me Tonight
  • I Wanna Be Your Superhero
  • We Can Rule The World

The Nights are:
Sami Hyde – vocals
Ilkka Wirtanen – guitar
Jan-Erik Iivari – drums and percussion
Harri Kokkonen – electric, acoustic and fretless bass








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