Join Rikard Sjoblom's Gungfly as they head to the heart of the solar system
Beardfish may have departed this mortal coil as a band, but their former frontman is setting forth on a new musical voyage with his rebranded, ever-evolving Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly
In July 2016, the news broke that Swedish prog maestros Beardfish were splitting up after 15 years and eight albums. Now, Beardfish’s former frontman re-emerges with Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly. The Gungfly concept has assumed many guises over the years – its current form is a six-piece keyboard-heavy prog band, but it’s occasionally appeared as a power trio and was first conceived in 2007 as an outlet for Sjöblom’s musical ideas that didn’t necessarily fall under the prog umbrella.
“If you compare Beardfish and Gungfly back in the day when both bands existed at the same time, I usually left stuff that wasn’t really in the prog rock style for Gungfly and then of course sometimes a prog song or two would slip through the radar,” says Sjöblom. “I’d record something and you’d see the Beardfish members going, ‘Oh wait, what was that? We should have had that song!’ But now all of the prog-related material goes to Gungfly. Gungfly is changing.”