01:00 h. BACKYARD BABIES (SWE)
Backyard Babies – Peder Carlsson , Johan Blomquist , Dregen and Nicke Borg , born same year, same town, Nässjö, southern Sweden – have returned to action after a fiveyear hiatus. Formed in 1989, and with half a dozen studio albums to their name, the lineup of the band has never changed, and neither has the collective desire to claim a key and colourful chapter in the annals of rock ‘n’ roll.
In 1991, the selfreleased debut EP, ‘Something To Swallow’ , stirred up interest both at home and abroad, resulting in a first record deal then a debut album, ‘Diesel And Power’ (1994), that channelled the band’s considerable rock ‘n’ roll instincts into a deliciously sleazy (tattooed) body of work. IT WAS in 1994 that the band’s career effectively kicked into gear; this was when the four moved to Stockholm, embarking on a journey that would place them squarely (and spectacularly) on the world stage, sharing that stage with some of rock’s most legendary names along the way… With their popularity rising fast, the big break was just around the corner… After signing with MVG Records/East West (Warner), the now classic album, ‘Total 13’ (1998), was released to great acclaim, effectively redefining lowslung, punky rock ‘n’ roll for a fresh generation. It reached gold status at home and picked up a Swedish Grammy, providing the ideal launchpoint for impressive worldwide sales plus a tour across the planet, from Tokyo through to LA. The followup album, ‘Making Enemies Is Good’ (2001), took the band’s success to a new level, topping the Swedish charts and breaking the international rock scene via an extensive European tour as main support to AC/DC . ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ , studio album Number 4, saw the ‘ Minus Celsius’ single lightin’ a fire under rock radio stations across the globe, it charted Top 2, and as with its predecessor, it earned the troupe a gold award.
For ‘People Like People Like People Like Us’ , Dregen was reunited with his old pal, guitarist / vocalist Nicke Andersson from The Hellacopters & Entombed ; Nicke acted as producer on the album, and needless to say, the prime rock ‘n’ roll just kept on comin’… In 2008, Backyard Babies entered the studio to record their selftitled and seemingly last album. After 20 years together, touring nonstop and earning their reputation as a true force of nature, they decided it was time for a break. There was no talk of how long this break might last, but it was signalled by the photobook boxset, ‘Them XX’, released in 2009 , plus a 20 year anniversary tour that turned out to be their most successful ever . THE BAND has always put creative energy into producing special products – lovinglypackaged vinyl, DVDs, books, etc… and the new album keeps that tradition alive, showing all of the attentiontodetail that fans have come to expect… “We really feel that our time out will end up being a winwin situation for both the band and our fans,” continues Nicke Borg . “The break has developed us individually as songwriters and musicians, and we’ve come up with what we feel is our strongest material to date.” “For the first time, we’ve had the chance to look back on our catalogue and get a firm grip on why our audience – and ourselves, for that matter – loves Backyard Babies so fucking much! So it’s been a mixture of personal development and finding our way back to the band’s essence, its energies…” “It’s tough to bang out explosive rock ‘n’ roll when you’re being well fed… now we’re hungry again!”