The rock band “Rasmus” originated on Helsinki, Finland in 1994. The group was originally composed of highschool classmates Pauli Rantasalmi, Lauri Ylonen, Jarno Lahti and Eero Heinonen. The group’s first performance was in their Christmas Party of the same year they are formed. In 1995, Lahti left and Janne Heiskanen replaced him. In late 1995, they released their EP album “1st”. Songs like “Myself”, “Rakkauslaulu” and“Funky Jam” became popular and make them sold over one thousand copies. The album was first released with Teja G. Records, but the album was re-released with Warner Music Finland in 1996. They also released their debut album “Peep” with Warner Music Finland. Their second album went Gold in Finland. Later this year they also released two EP “2nd” and “3rd”. In 1997, the group won the Best New Comer of the Year award with EMMA, it is an awarding body in Finland like Grammys. Most of them quit school during this year and focused on the band. They released their next album “PlayBoys.” And their song “Blue” and their entire album were awarded as Gold.
In 1998, the band released “Hell of a Tester”, their third album. Rasmus changed their approach in music from funk rock to solid rock. Their most popular single with this album was “Liquid”. It was awarded as Single of the Year.
In 1999, after their performance with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Heiskanen left the band. With him leaving the band, they almost break apart. But they find a way in recruiting new artists.
In 2000, they add “the” in the band’s name to prevent confusion with a DJ of the same name, they are now known as “The Rasmus.” Petri Lunden, manager of The Cardigans, recommended Lars Tengroth to see the band. Tengroth was a director of Playground Music. Tengroth saw and heard the band and said he fell in love with them right away. Tengroth helped the band to expand their market outside Finland. As they progress, they again changed their approach to music to a more pop rock sound.
In 2001, the band released “Into” as their fourth album, which is released not just in Finland but also in France and Spain. Later this year, The Rasmus also released “Hell of a Collection” album with eighteen songs. The band won four awards with EMMA in 2002.
In 2003, “Dead Letters” was released as their fifth album. Their album sold over one million seven hundred thousand copies all over the world, making their biggest breakthrough with eight Gold and six Platinum awards.