Decades: 1990s 2000s


This Swedish punk band was formed in 1992 by Frans Johansson (bass), Per Nordmark (drums), Kristofer Åström (vocals/guitar) and Pelle Gunnerfeldt (guitar). Based in Lulea, in the far north of Sweden above the Polar Circle, each member of the band had formerly played in sundry local punk and alternative outfits. Their first EPs were released through the small independent label A West Side Fabrication, before they signed to Stockholm-based label Startracks in the spring of 1995. An international recording contract was then secured with American Recordings when Swedish native and American Recordings A&R executive Johan Kugelberg returned home on a holiday trip. With a sound compared to the more muscular end of the alternative rock spectrum (Henry Rollins, Fugazi), the band made its breakthrough with 1995’s Pelle Gunnerfeldt-produced, Do Not Tailgate. This won them several Swedish Album Of The Year awards in magazines such as Aftonbladet, Slitz and...

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