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Fireside Biography

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 Expressen. They also won a 1996 Swedish Grammy for Best Hard Rock Band

Following their brief association with American Recordings, the quartet switched US distribution to the independent label Crank! A Record Company label. They enjoyed further success with Uomini D’Onore but alienated many of their fans with the experimental Elite, which featured a 12-minute instrumental as its title track. Following its release the band remained quiet for a couple of years, during which time Gunnerfeldt worked as a producer with the Swedish breakthrough garage rock band the Hives, and Johansson played with the Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Åström, meanwhile, recorded with his band Hidden Truck. The quartet reconvened in 2003 to release their new studio album, Get Shot.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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