The Knockouts band members, Ted Jergelind, Johan Frandsen, Kennet Stone
|Genres||Punk, Alternative rock, rock 'n' roll, Rockabilly, Punkabilly|
|Labels||Diamond Prime Music
Sound Pollution AB
|Associated acts||Brian Setzer, The Living End, The Stray Cats, The GoGetters, Guana Batz, Mad Sin|
|Website||The Knockouts Official website|
|Past members||Mike Brunkvist|
The Knockouts are a Swedish rock band from Stockholm, Sweden that formed in 1996.
The current lineup consists of Johan Frandsen (vocals, guitar), Kennet Stone (double bass, vocals) and Ted Jergelind, (Drums). The band achieved success in 2010 after the release of the album Among the Vultures.
They have released four studio albums and one EP compilation in Sweden and Europe. Performing many packed and sold-out shows, The Knockouts have a reputation for a "cocky punk rock" sound with an aggressive rockabilly technique.
- 1 Recent activity
- 2 History
- 3 Awards and nominations
- 4 Endorsement
- 5 Members
- 6 Discography
- 7 References
- 8 External links
In 2013 and 2014, The Knockouts have worked to rehearse, record and release the newest studio album ‘’’5000 Miles from Louisville’’, having signed with Swedish Booking Agency MTA Production AB, The Knockouts are back on the road and hitting stages throughout Scandinavia with the newest release in their usual high energy gigs!
In 2012, The Knockouts worked on new material for an upcoming album. During that time, touring schedules to a minimum, and the band directed work to the new release. They held a special event in September 2012 at Debaser Slussen Stockholm, Sweden. Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats and Jonny Bowler from the Guana Batz flew from Los Angeles to join The Knockouts on stage in a special sold out show that celebrated Johan Frandsen´s 30th birthday.
The European summer started with a performance with Brian Sezter on the premiere night of his tour at the 10-year celebration of the Azkena Rock Festival on the 25 June, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain to crowds of over 50,000 people, then onto sold out dates throughout Germany in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. The tour was sold out through Scandinavia, with dates in Copenhagen, Denmark, Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki.
A highlight of the tour was an encore performance at the Helsinki Ice Hall on the last night of the tour. The Knockouts frontman Johan Frandsen joined Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom on stage with a special rendition of the rockabilly classic, Seven Nights to Rock. Setzer called Frandsen to the stage and handed his white Brian Setzer Hot Rod signature Gretsch Guitar to Johan to conclude the tour in Scandinavia.
The Knockouts' tours have included dates throughout Europe including countries such as, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Czech Republic and Spain. They have played at festivals such as the West Coast Riot and The Peace and Love Festival, alongside Brian Setzer, Social Distortion and The Living End. They supported The Living End in 2009 on their first Scandinavian tour date for the Raise the Alarm World Tour – in Stockholm, Sweden. Frontman Johan Frandsen has also played with members of the Stray Cats, Guana Batz, Mad Sin and gave the Swedish rockabilly band The GoGetters an extra injection of energy in over 300 gigs.
The beginnings (1996-2002)
Formed by Johan Frandsen in 1996, their energetic and hard fought beginnings were captured with the release of their 1998 self-titled debut 7 inch single The Knockouts, produced by Thomas Skogsberg (The Hellacopters) 1999 to 2001 was spent touring, writing and preparing to record the full length promotional album Skyline Supernova, recorded in Sunlight Studio, Sweden and released in summer 2000, and various compilation recordings, including A Fistfull of Rock, Devil Doll Records. The success of their album scored them national support and the slot on the Hultsfred Festival, playing in the same year as bands such as Iggy Pop and Rocket from the Crypt.
The Knockouts EP (2003-2005)
After devouring two year's worth of gigs, and with a different way of looking at the Swedish punk rock scene, and following from the success of Skyline Supernova, in 2003 the trio went onto solidify its sound with the introduction of longtime drummer Ted Jergelind In early 2004, they went into the studio and recorded the four track EP self-titled The Knockouts. While writing new material during 2004–2006 for their second full length album and touring Sweden, Germany, Spain, Johan Frandsen (lead vocals, guitar) toured over 300 dates with internationally respected Swedish rockabilly band, The GoGetters.
El Fin de la Guerra (2006-2008)
In the midst of a relentless touring schedule between 2006–2008, they wrote new songs for what became the album El Fin de la Guerra. Recorded October 2007 and released 1 Feb 2008 the band supported the new album with a Europe and USA tour that included planned dates in Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, and the West Coast of the United States. Endorsement deals led to a trademark white guitar on stage at the start of 2009 and Johan Frandsen appearing at national and international guitar conventions.
They were busy on the festival circuit in the summer of 2009, including playing Earth Hour in Stockholm, then with The Living End and Social Distortion at The Westcoast Riot festival, and the Peace and Love Festival.
Among the Vultures (2009-2011)
...This album won´t leave lovers of quality rock unmoved. It is just so tight, intense, messy, expressive, powerful, explosive...
The official single, Under the Light is attracting radio play and reviews both in Scandinavia, USA and Europe. The song Heat for the Hunted was third on Sweden's National Radio Program, Håkan Persson's Sveriges Radio P3 as the best top ten songs for 2009
5000 Miles From Louisville (2012-2014)
2012 to 2013 saw the band working on the newest album. 5000 Miles From Louisville, was recorded and mixed in ten days in February 2013 at Park Studio Stockhom, Sweden. It was produced by Stefan Boman, of Park Studio (owned by World Famous Swedish Band Kent) and Johan Frandsen of The Knockouts. This full length album is receiving radio plays and reviews;
... the catchiness of the beats and melodies grab you, the lyrics hold on tight and refuse to let you go ...
The official single, ...'Days Long Gone' hurtles out of the speakers with a confidence and energy that tells me everything I need to know about this record and that is it's going to compete and there's a strength in the outstanding playing and songwriting that places this Scandinavian three piece right at the top of the pack...
The albums also features Kevin McKendree on Piano on the song “Stars of Us”. Kevin has played on hundreds of releases and performed thousands of times live with a wide range of artists, musicians and producers including: Little Richard, Buddy Guy, John Oates, Brian Setzer, George Thorogood, Etta James and many more.
Awards and nominations
The album Among the Vultures was nominated for Best Punk album at the 2011 Independent Music Awards, and two singles from the album were nominated: Heat for the Hunted for best punk song and Ever Been Hurt for best alt country song.
The Knockouts added Best Punk Rock Album to their collection—as voted by an industry panel that included Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Benji Madden and Joel Madden, Good Charlotte, and Ozzy Osbourne in the Independent Music Awards.
In 2010, Johan Frandsen began an endorsement deal with TV Jones guitars as a featured artist on the website with Brian Setzer, Chris Cheney and Billy Gibbons. Support and endorsement deals with Fender and Gretsch Scandinavia followed. Frandsen featured in a two-page spread in Fuzz magazine June 2011 issue No. 4—the only guitar magazine in Scandinavia.
- Johan Frandsen - Guitar, vocals (1996–present)
- Kennet Stone -Double bass, backing vocals (2009–present)
- Ted Jergelind – Drums, backing vocals (2003–present)
- 2000: Skyline Supernova
- 2004: The Knockouts EP Diamond Prime Music
- 2007: El Fin De la Guerra
- 2009: Among the Vultures Diamond Prime Music / Sound Pollution AB
- 2013: 5000 Miles From Louisville Diamond Prime Music / Sound Pollution AB
- 1998: The Knockouts - Can I Look But Not Touch 7 Vinyl
- 2009: Under the Light Diamond Prime Music / Sound Pollution AB
- 2010: Ever Been Hurt Diamond Prime Music / Sound Pollution AB
- 2011: A lie like in Natalie Diamond Prime Music / Sound Pollution AB
- 2011: I Want you to want me Diamond Prime Music / Sound Pollution AB
- 2013: Days Long Gone Diamond Prime Music / Sound Pollution AB
- 1998: Fistful of Rock 'N' Roll vol. 9. The Knockouts (Stripshow A Go-Go / Devil Doll Records)
- 2011: Dancing on Your Graves – A Rockabilly Tribute to The Hellacopters, The Knockouts, Freeway to Hell (Wild Kingdom/Sound Pollution)
- Gaffa.se  "The Knockouts support Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot," June 2011
- Mike, Sound Pollution Newsletter , 3 June 2011
- Óscar Cubillo, El Correo ,"Los cabezas de cartel roquero Brian Setzer", 28 June 2011
- Cass,, The Knockouts invade Psyhco Towers, 13 October 2008
- Author, Mattais Gustavavsson, , 6 November 2009
- Author, Mats Johansson , 11 November 2009
- Author, Jim Oby,  Knockout Punk with an Upright Bass!, 24 November 2009
- Author, Håkan Persson , 7 January 2010
- Author, Jim Ody,, 4 May 2013
- Author, Dom Daley, , 24 May 2013
- FUZZ The number one and only guitar magazine in Scandinavia May 2011