Johanna Salomaa (vocals, violin), Heini Säisä (bass), Sirkku Karvonen (keyboards), Jenny Julia (guitar) and Laura Häkkänen (drums) founded Indica in 2001. Before this the girls had already spent their entire childhood surrounded by classical music and had also played in a few different band line-ups. In the Christmas of 2002 Indica signed a management contract with Peter Kokljuschin and in 2003 a record deal with SonyMusic, leading to Indica starting work on their debut album.
The album was co-produced by Gabi Hakanen and Erno Laitinen, and from here began the journey of Indica and Erno together which took them through three albums. The 30,000 platinum-selling debut album Ikuinen virta was released in 2004, and from this album the title track as well as the song Scarlett were released as singles. Indica's second record Tuuliset tienoot was released in the autumn of 2005 and went on to sell over 20,000 discs, and the third album Kadonnut puutarha was released in spring 2007.
Indica's music and lyrics are written by the band's charismatic singer Jonsu, who started her composer's career even before she went to school, writing little 'symphonies' two bars long. Jonsu has explained that, to her, the biggest inspirational source for writing music is the music from movies. The lyrics stem from her own life, the lives of her friends, and also from dreams.
Indica, known for their playful and lively stage presence and their distinctive music, went travelling outside Finland near the close of 2007 when they performed as the support act for Nightwish during their Scandinavian tour. Indica were well received in the other Nordic countries. A tight collaboration between Indica and Nightwish frontman Tuomas Holopainen started on this tour, aimed at creating the next album. Tuomas was the producer of the fourth Indica longplayer, released autumn 2008 and titled 'Valoissa' ('In The Lights'). The first single 'Pahinta tänään' ('Worst of Today') was released on May 8, 2008, followed by 'Valoissa' in August 2008, and '10 h myöhässä' ('10 Hours Late') in January, all with accompanying music videos.
Work on their fifth album 'A Way Away' is finished, with a release date of June 2010. It is a CD of English reinterpretations of some previously published compositions. Some that have been rewritten are 'Pahinta tänään', 'Noita' ('Witch') from 'Kadonnut puutarha' ('The Lost Garden') and 'Vuorien taa' ('Beyond the Mountains') from 'Tuuliset tienoot' ('Windy Shires'), which has been rewritten as 'Siren Song', of which a short piece can be found on their website, and on live performances on 'YouTube', along with a few other English versions. The song was altered for the album and renamed 'Islands of Light'. Wide ThumbClearartFanart Banner User Comments