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A Short History Of Millencolin

Everything you need to know about the Swedish punks

Millencolin first rose to fame in 1996, after the worldwide release of their second studio album 'Life On A Plate'. They preceded fellow Swedes The Hives by a full five years – who proclaimed to be Your New Favourite Band back in 2001 – and helped draw overseas attention to other homegrown bands, paving the way for everyone from Refused to Raised Fist and The (International) Noise Conspiracy. In short, this Örebro quartet put alternative Swedish music on the map.

Forming October 1992, childhood friends Nikola Šarčević (bass/vocals), Mathias Färm (guitar) and Erik Ohlsson (guitar) bonded over a mutual love of skateboarding and Bad Religion. With the addition of Fredrik Larzon (drums) in early 1993, the newly completed line-up caught the attention of Burning Heart Records – an independent record label formed in the band’s hometown that same year – who put out a couple of singles and a covers EP before releasing the band’s debut album Tiny Tunes domestically in 1994. (The album wouldn’t come out in the US and the rest of Europe for another four years, where the title and cover art lead to a copyright infringement lawsuit by Warner Bros, forcing the band to change the name of it to Same Old Tunes.)

The skate-punk four-piece toured Tiny Tunes around the country, releasing its follow-up Life On A Plate on home soil the year after. That record once again saw the band marry fast, melodic skate punk with poppy ska rhythms, showcasing the band’s early diversity and range, as well as an uncanny knack for writing hooks. And it was around this time that legendary punk rock record label Epitaph entered the fold. They offered to release the band’s sophomore record internationally, and thus a relationship was established that remains firmly in place today.

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