|This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (February 2013)|
Millencolin at Conventum, Örebro, Sweden April 12, 2008.
|Genres||Pop punk, punk rock, skate punk, alternative rock, melodic hardcore, ska punk (early)|
|Labels||Burning Heart, Epitaph|
Millencolin is a punk rock band that was formed in October 1992 by Nikola Sarcevic, Mathias Färm, and Erik Ohlsson in Örebro, Sweden. In early 1993, drummer Fredrik Larzon joined the band. The name Millencolin is derived from the skateboard trick "melancholy".
The original lineup, consisting of Sarcevic (vocals & bass), Ohlsson (guitar), and Färm (drums), released their first demo tape, Goofy, in early 1993. Soon afterwards, Larzon joined the band to play drums, allowing Färm to perform as the second guitarist. In the summer of 1993, they recorded a second demo tape, Melack. The band sent the tape to Burning Heart Records, a new record label formed earlier that year. They signed Millencolin to do a CD single, which culminated in the release of Use Your Nose in November 1993. Success of the single prompted Burning Heart to sign the band to release a full album. In July 1994, the band released Skauch, initially planned to be a single for their new album. However, the band decided to record four cover songs as well and released it as an EP instead. They put out their first major release, Tiny Tunes, in 1994. The recording and mixing of the album took two weeks. Legal trouble with Warner Brothers over the title and cover artwork of the album led the band to re-release it in 1996 under the name Same Old Tunes.
Millencolin continued to tour and in 1995 brought out their second full length album Life on a Plate. This coincided with Millencolin beginning to tour outside of Scandinavia. At the end of 1995, the US record company Epitaph wanted to release Life on a Plate in the US, and the band agreed. They then toured further afield, touring Japan, Australia, Brazil and Canada, and played as part of the 1997 Warped Tour.
Pennybridge Pioneers & Mainstream Success
Further albums For Monkeys and compilation The Melancholy Collection followed, but the band's popularity increased in 2000 with the release of Pennybridge Pioneers, an album with more of a rock influence than the band's previous skate punk sound. The recording took six weeks and they started their first major worldwide tour. Millencolin played in Wellington, New Zealand, followed by an Australian tour. This led to an early release of the album in Australia and New Zealand. Millencolin wrote on tour and release Home from Home in 2002. In 2005 they released "Kingwood". which saw the band take out their first major award for Best Swedish Rock Release.
Kingwood, released in March 2005, marked the band's return to a faster and more traditional punk rock sound, collaborating it with their recently founded rock sound, and completed a world tour in follow up of the album. The album debuted at No. 2 in the Swedish chart.
On October 22, 2007 the band entered the studio to start writing and recording songs for their seventh album Machine 15.
The band has hosted a skateboard contest at their own skatepark in Örebro, Sweden named the Millencolin Open. They say they started this annual contest because skateboarding is what brought them together and now they have the chance to make something good of their town and of skateboarding.
They wrote and released a single dedicated to their hometown football club Örebro SK titled Örebro in 2009. It was played in the stadium for the first time on May 11, 2009 in the home game vs Hammarby Fotboll.
2011 to Present
In 2011, Millencolin announced that as a commemoration to the bands they have toured with and their fans, they would be starting their own music festival entitled "Millencolin 20 Year". The event will take place on June 8 & 9 2012 and will feature Millencolin as the headliners alongside The Hives.
On May 29, 2012, Millencolin releases The Melancholy Connection, a follow-up compilation to The Melancholy Collection featuring b-sides from Pennybridge Pioneers onward. The album also features a DVD of a behind-the-scenes look at the previous decade of the band.
In December 2013 Millencolin will return to Australia for the relaunch of the Australian Vans Warped Tour alongside headliners The Offspring and New Found Glory. Despite not having released a studio album in 5 years, the band has claimed there has been no pressure to release new material, but in a recent interview guitarist Mathias Färm confirmed they were working on new songs and a new album would follow soon.
- Nikola Sarcevic – bass guitar, lead vocals
- Mathias Färm – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Erik Ohlsson –, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Fredrik Larzon – drums, percussion
- Tiny Tunes (1994) (re-released as Same Old Tunes in 1998)
- Life on a Plate (1995)
- For Monkeys (1997)
- Pennybridge Pioneers (2000)
- Home from Home (2002)
- Kingwood (2005)
- Machine 15 (2008)
- "Da Strike" (1994)
- "The Story of My Life" (1995)
- "Move Your Car" (1996)
- "Lozin' Must" (1997)
- "Twenty Two" (1997)
- "Penguins & Polarbears" (2000)
- "Fox" (2000)
- "No Cigar" (2001)
- "Kemp" (2002)
- "Man or Mouse" (2002)
- "Battery Check" / "E20 Norr"(2003)
- "Ray" (2005)
- "Shut You Out" (2005)
- "Detox" (2008)
- "Broken World" (2008)
- "Örebro" (2009)
- Goofy (1993)
- Melack (1993)
- Da Strike (1994)
- The Story of My Life (1995)
- Move Your Car (1996)
- Lozin' Must (1997)
- Penguins & Polar Bears (2000)
- Fox (2000)
- Kemp (2002)
- Man or Mouse (2002)
- Battery Check (2003)
- Ray (2005)
- Shut You Out (2005)
- Detox (2008)
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- "Info/FAQ". Burning Heart Records. Retrieved 2007-04-09.
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- Millencolin. "Skauch". Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2007-04-09.
- "Millencolin enter Swedish Album Chart at # 2". Burning Heart Records. Retrieved May 27, 2006.
- Millencolin. "Millencolin Official Website". Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- [// dyingscene.com/news/mathias-farm-talks-about-new-millencolin-album Mathias Färm talks about new Millencolin album]
- Released as the new official song for Örebro SK at the football match between Örebro SK and AIK in Örebro 2009-07-05. As advertised in Nerikes Allehanda 2009-07-05.