and Nikola started the band in October -92 in Örebro
Sweden, back then we were playing in other punkbands and singing
in Swedish. Erik played guitar in Charles
Hårfager. Nikola and Mathias had their band called Seigmenn.
all started skating around -87 and we got into punkbands like
Operation Ivy, Mc Rad, Descendents & Odd Man Out
from skatevideos. So we decided to start a skaterock band. We
got the name from the skatetrick Melancholy (also
known as sad air), but we changed the spelling a bit so it sounds
more like a name.
We recorded a ten song demotape called Goofy
in early -93, played one show, then Larzon joined
Larzon played in a band called Kung
Pung at that time. We needed two guitars live and Mathias,
who played the drums in Millencolin before Larzon joined us,
was more of a guitarplayer.
three bands we played in before, all released one 7" each,
which we paid for ourselves.
Both Seigmenn and Kung Pung broke up early -93.
Charles Hårfager got signed to Kamel Records who put out
their 7" again. Erik did one more single with Charles Hårfager
before he quit the band called "korpen faller". The
other guys in the band continued to play together and recorded
two cd's before they split up.
Erik also ran a fanzine at that time called Jagular
music & skate zine, he only put out one issue.
the summer of 1993 we made a new ten song tape
which we named Melack
(the songs are now spread out on different compilations).
The recording was made with Dan Swanö at Unisound
Studios, where we later on recorded all our stuff up to-98.
Someone of us sent the tape to Burning Heart Records
who got back to us and wanted to release a cd single with us.
Burning Heart had at that time only released two cd singles.
We recorded the six song cd-single Use your
nose in November -93, which include new versions
of Pain from Goofy and Melack from Melack.
The single was very well received and we started to play a lot
of shows outside of Örebro.
Burning Heart were really happy with the release of "Use
Your Nose" and they wanted to release an Album with us.
This was crazy big for us since we we're used to pay for everything
ourselves in our previous bands.
Five months later we went back to Unisound once again. This
time to record the single Skauch which was
supposed to be a pre-taste of the coming album. The six song
single include two of our own songs and four cover songs.
In august we went back to Unisound for the third time that year
and recorded our first full-length album called Tiny
Tunes. The recording and the mixing took us two weeks.
The Album includes 12 tracks with songs like: "Mr.Clean",
"Da Strike" & "Leona".
"Da Strike became a small hit song in Sweden and we made
a video and a single for it.
We played alot live 1994, over 100 shows only in Sweden.
"Story Of My Life" and "Move Your Car".
Both songs did really good and we were on heavy rotation both in Swedish
TV and radio.
1995 both Burning Heart and Unisound Studios moved to
Örebro and the second album Life On A Plate
was recorded in August that year and released in October. "Bullion",
"The Story Of My Life" and "Friends
Till' The End" are three of the 14 songs.
We played more live in Sweden, that summer we did 24 festivals,
Kalvöja in Norway, Roskilde in
Denmark and the rest in Sweden. This Album was a big hit in
Sweden and the Album entered fourth place at the National charts.
We made videos and singles for
September -95 was the time for our first tour outside Scandinavia.
That was a ten date German tour together with Pennywise. Leaving Sweden
felt really good for us since we never really liked being a hyped
media band. That's why we've kept a pretty low profile in Sweden since.
A couple of weeks after that tour we went on a second European tour
this time in Switzerland, France, England and Germany.
At the end of 1995 Brett from Epitaph contacted us and wanted
to release Life on a plate and sign us for the US. They
released the album in march -96.
We toured most of the time 1996. Japan, Australia, two US/Canada tours,
European festivals in the summer and a South European tour. It all
ended up being almost 150 shows that year.
Burning Heart got sued by Warner Bros. because of the cover
and the title of Tiny Tunes.
We were in the States at the time and Burning Heart had to change
artwork right away. So Erik decided over the phone to take the
artwork from the back and put it on the front and change the
We changed the title to Same old tunes because
it still contain the same songs. I don't know how much money
Burning Heart had to pay in the end.
We released our third album For Monkeys
April 21 1997. A single with three songs (Lozin' Must
from the album, Vixen an unreleased song and a cover of
Desmond Dekkers Israelites) came out by the end of March.
European trips, one trip to Australia and one to Japan, Three visits
to the US/Canada and one to South America (Brazil/Argentina).
For Monkeys were one of the last recordings made in Unisound
Studios. Dan Swanö threw in the towel and sold most parts
of the studio to Mathias and companion Miezsko, who already
had some studio stuff together. Their studio was called The
Punk Palace but they changed the name to Sound Lab Studios.
That's where we recorded "Vixen".
The For Monkeys Tour started in May -97 and ended
in August -98. The Tour included:
All together close to 200 shows. Nikola also moved away from Örebro
to Gothenburg with his girlfriend during 97.
this point, we had done close to 500 shows on five different
continents and probably spent close to 3 of the 5 years on the
road or away from family and friends. Everybody in the band felt
really burned out and touring didn't feel as fun as it used to.
We agreed on taking a break for a indefinite time.
the time off we still worked a lot with the band. Wrote
tons of new ideas for new songs, which we have a hard time to
do on the road. That's why we had to throw "For Monkeys"
together, cause we had one month off from touring before the
recording. We practically wrote that album in one month.
We also released our first videotape "MILLENCOLIN &
the Hi-8 Adventures". A 76 minute and 23 songs long
homemade video made by Erik. Including live material, videos,
tour filming and some skateboarding etc. The video took six
months to edit and put together.
A limited live soundtrack cd single with six songs plus
"Buzzer - long version" was included in the first
1000 European, Australian and US copies. Only 3000 copies printed.
thing we put together during the time off was "THE MELANCHOLY
COLLECTION". Which is our first two cd-singles,
the B-sides of our other singles and some songs recorded for
compilations on one album! The collection contain all together
22 songs and cover the period late 1993 to early 1998.
The main reason why we put it together was because stores usually
charged more for the singles than for the albums. As soon as
"The Melancholy Collection" was released Burning Heart
quit printing the singles. Which is starting to make them a
little bit rare.
In early 1999, all
the energy was back and we just found out that Brett (ex.Bad
Religion and owner of Epitaph) wanted to record and produce our
next album at, for us, legendary, Westbeach Studios in Hollywood,
USA. This was like a long time dream come true for us since we've
been looking up to Bad Religion for ages. We were stoked and rehearsing
had never been that much fun.
in Wellington, New Zealand. Followed by an Australian tour. Since
we were touring down there the album was released two weeks earlier
in New Zealand and Australia.
left for Hollywood by the end of July to record our fourth album
"PENNYBRIDGE PIONEERS". The recording took
six weeks and was a great experience for us. We learned that
a change of atmosphere was really good for the recording of
"Pennybridge[Örebro translated directly into
English - Öre=Penny, Bro=Bridge] Pioneers"
was released on the 21st of February 2000. We couldn't wait
that long to start touring again though, we started the "Pennybridge
Pioneers Worldwide Tour" on the first of February
We came home from down under the day before the Swedish release date
and Burning Heart held our release party at the towns castle. Where
we also played a show for our friends.
Then followed a busy tour schedule, 2 x USA both Punk-o-rama and the
seven week long Warped tour, two European tours + festivals and a
second Australian tour. It all sums up to 115 shows which meant that
we'd done over 600 gigs with Millencolin this far. We also made
two trips to LA and recorded two videos for "Penguins & Polarbears"
Soon after the Pennybridge Pioneers tour, that ended at the Livid festival in Brisbane, Australia October 2000, we started writing new songs. This time we decided to record the new album back in Sweden. We have always been huge fans of the Samiam record "Clumsy" and the guys in Samiam really recommended it's producer Lou Giordano. We contacted Lou and he was up for the job.
Before the recording, we got offered a support-tour to the Offspring in the US and some other festival stuff that we decided to do in the summer.
We picked up Lou, who arrived from New York, at Stockholm Arlanda airport September 11, 2001. His plane must have been the last one arriving in Sweden from Newark before the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York. That terrible incident really had a big affect on the whole recording.
|Pre-production for the album took place at Mathias' Soundlab Studios in Örebro for a week. Then the real recoding started at Little Big Room Studios in Haninge, which is a suburb to Stockholm. The album which we decided to name Home From Home took us about a month to record. The title and the song with the same name comes from the fact that the band and the touring has become our second home over the years. Lou went back to the States, but came back a couple of weeks later for the mixing, which also took place at Little Big Room.
The tour set up for for the last album turned out really good, so we did the same thing this time. Home From Home was first released in Australia and New Zealand by the end of February 2002 and the tour started in Perth February 20. After a great Australian tour we went back to Sweden for the rest of the World-release March 11 and a release party at a club in our hometown, Örebro. After this the tour continued starting with North America, then Europe and European festivals in the summer.
October 2002 was the time for our 10 year anniversary! We celebrated that with a special show at Club 700 in Örebro and the start of a yearly skateboard contest at our park Brädcentralen called Millencolin Open. That weekend was amazing and during our show Brett Gurewitz, who with Bad Religion was a big reason why we started the band, joined us with
a third guitar on our song Fox which he produced and and the Bad Religion song American Jesus.
The Home From Home tour continued in January 2003 with the Big Day Out festival tour in Australia and New Zealand, followed by a UK tour, Scandinavian tour and an American Westcoast tour. We were supposed to go back for an Eastcoast tour a couple of weeks later, but this tour had to be cancelled because of a tragic family incident. We made a couple of european festivals in the summer and then finished the Home From Home tour with the rescheduled US Eastcoast tour in November 2003.
2004 has started with a lot of rehearsing and song writing. We are aiming for a recording of a new sixth album by the end of the summer. We will also be doing a couple of European festivals this summer. See you there!
/Millencolin February, 2004