Date and place of start: 2000, Stockholm, Sweden

Place: Stockholm, Sweden

Theme: music

ECC Participation: artist

photo: Slagsmålsklubben

The craziest electronic musicians in all of Sweden. Members of Slagsmålsklubben openly say that they have no musical training and can’t play any instruments. They use synthesizers, drum machines and samplers. A few of the band’s members have previously played together in a prog-rock group called The Solbrillers. Their music is a mix of catchy electropop rhythms and 8-bit chiptunes. Slagsmålsklubben’s live shows unleash the craziness in both the band and the audience.

“In the 70s everyone played prog-rock, wore heavy wool sweaters and wanted to make Sweden a better place. For us, living here thirty years later, having fun is more important than changing the world.”

They released three albums: “Den Svenske Disco,” (2003) “Saga nom konungens årsinkomst” (2003) and “Boss fod Leader” (2004), to great success, first at home and later abroad. In between releasing records, the band moved to Berlin, the capital of club music. As of right now, Slagsmålsklubben’s members are strewn across Europe – Kim Nilsson stayed behind in Berlin, Hannes Stenström and Frej Larsson returned to Stockholm, while Joni Mälkki, Björn Nilsson and Joakim “Beebop” Nybom moved to their hometown of Norrköping. Each of them is also involved in a number of side projects.

In 2009, the group appeared on the “Kitsuné Maison 8” compilation and the French label, Kitsuné, released their new single “Brutal Weapons/Smedby Eyes.” Despite their international success, the band refused to change their name and still call themselves Slagsmålsklubben (or SMK), which is the Swedish translation of “Fight Club,” and they don’t feel ashamed when some people call their music “childish” or “naïve.”

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