ABOUT THE MEN

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THE MEN from Lund, Sweden, is something of a small "supergroup", formed out of four already established Swedish bands; The Sinners, The Girls, Thee Expression and Colubrids. They got together in early 2000 to form the ultimate live-band, explosive, stylish, tight, groovy, cool and fun (No shoegazers!) -a band the members themselves would love to see.


Line up:
Sven Köhler - Vocals, Lead singer, Harmonica
Ola Främby - Bass guitar & Backing Vocals
Olof Wallberg - Guitar & Backing Vocals

The basic idea was to make gritty garage interpretations of rock riffs, groovy soul and 60s R&B in a three-part harmony guitargroup-style. Short songs, sharp edges and right down explosive! The sort of music that gets into your legs and starts you itching, according to Sven. Tambourines and handclaps meet jerky guitars, groovy bass and drums that do more than keep time. Every now and then a harmonica wrestles with Sven Köhler´s vocals over who can howl the loudest. THE MEN sound uncontrollably good, they play messy, raunchy rock, just as it was done in the very beginning.



The debutalbum with their interpretations of more or less obscure soul and r’n’b tracks was released in Sweden, UK, Australia and received much attention. In the spring of 2004, songwriting started for the follow-up, singer Sven joining forces with bassist Ola and manager Joakim. They had been writing separately in their previous bands, but this turned out to be a winning team. When it was time to record they got invited by Christoffer Lundquist, one of Sweden’s hottest producers, to his AGM studios in Vallarum, Scania. This resulted in the albums 'Return' in 2006, and 'Four Good Men And True' in 2010 and the interest in THE MEN worldwide just grew, with offers for gigs coming from Spain, France, The UK, Ireland, Germany, USA and Australia.



At the release of 'Return' THE MEN starred TV4's Nyhetsmorgon live, and Swedish Television broadcast a documentary in which Sven & Olof drove around on a Vespa Touring in Lundagård Park. In December 2007 they played a storming gig at the international "Purple Weekend" festival in Leon, Spain. After that THE MEN made a publishing deal with LoveCat Music in New York, who since then has placed several of the band’s original songs in popular TV series. In 2010 THE MEN celebrated their 10-year anniversary by releasing “Four Good Men & True” and by playing in Germany; in 2011 they went to Australia, and then in 2012 back to Spain again.



Well back home THE MEN began recording their fourth album in YLA Studios, right in the heart of Malmö. This Way was released in 2013. Touring in UK (train and bus and cancelled flights) led to an energetic 4-track live EP recorded at The Cavern Club and also a documentary about The Cavern Club gigs, released in January 2016.


After a fantastic gig in hometown Lund at "Kulturnatten" in September 2016 suddenly drummer Niklas decided to leave the band. However THE MEN lives on and they started recording their fifth album in YLA Studios, to be released the very 1st of April 2017. Crowdfunded by fans and friends.


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