The all-female, Swedish pop punk quartet Sahara Hotnights, initially looked to past masters of the three-minute pop song such as the Ramones and the Clash for guidance, but the end result is a sound comparable to modern day female led pop punk acts such as Hole and the Donnas. The quartet was formed in Robertsfors, Sweden, during the mid-90s by sisters Jennie Asplund (guitar) and Johanna Asplund (bass), who were joined by Maria Andersson (vocals/guitar) and Josephine Forsman (drums). Shortly after their formation, Sahara Hotnights issued a debut EP on their own label, 1997s Suits Anyone Fine, which was followed by a slew of singles for the Swedish label Speech. Their full-length debut, CMon Lets Pretend, was the first release as part of a major label contract with BMG Records. The stop gap four-track EP, Drive Dead Slow, followed in 2000, while the quartet completed work on Jennie BomThe latter was released in the USA by the Jet Set label. The quartet built up their reputation with a series of support slots during the next two years, opening for bands such as the Hives and the Mooney Suzuki. The excellent Kiss & Tell paid testament to their improved musicianship.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.