The Rasmus – Finish rock group, playing alternative, pop, gothic, soft, and dark rock
The Rasmus is a boy band formed in 1994. Its founders Eero Heinonen, Lauri Ylönen, and Pauli Rantasalmi met in high school. They decided to name the band The Rasmus, even though other names such as Anttila, Trash-mosh, and Sputnik were contemplated.
In 1994, the band performed on stage for the first time. They played their music at a party in high school they all attended. After the performance, a trio turned into a quartet. Jarno Lahti became the fourth member of the band.
In 1995, the young men met with a manager, who agreed to promote the band. They released the first demo album 1st in December 1995. It featured four songs, which were enough to catch the attention of a famous Finish label Warner Music. They offered The Rasmus a contract. The band went on to record songs, “2nd” and “3rd”. The singles made the group very popular, especially among fans of pop and gothic rock.
In 1996, the band recorded its first studio LP, Peep. To support the album, the musicians went to tour Estonia and Russia. Back then, they were just 16 years old.