Robert Dahlqvist performing with the Hellacopters, 2008.
|Birth name||Jens Robert Dahlqvist|
|Also known as||Strängen, Strings|
|Born||April 16th 1976|
|Genres||Garage rock, rock, garage punk, punk rock, garage rock revival, powerpop, hard rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar|
|Labels||Psychout Records, Razzia Records, White Jazz Records, BMG, Sweet Nothing Records, National, Universal Music, Wild Kingdom|
|Associated acts||The Hellacopters, Thunder Express, Dundertåget, Stefan Sundström, The Diamond Dogs The Solution|
Gibson Les Paul
Robert Dahlqvist is a guitarist and vocalist most known for his work with the Swedish rockband The Hellacopters. He's also the lead singer and guitarist in Thunder Express, a band originally started as a sideproject to his work with The Hellacopters. Recently the band released record in Swedish under the name Dundertåget.
Early life and career
Dahlqvist was born in Uddevalla, Sweden and got his first guitar at the age of ten and attended music school but quit after a month frustrated over not being allowed to play Kiss songs. Five years later at age fifteen his mother got him an electric guitar and he started to focus more seriously on his playing. Dahlqvist soon started playing in bands and worked at a bar where he got to know members of the Swedish rock band The Hellacopters.
After the departure of guitarist Dregen in early 1998 The Hellacopters brought in temporary replacements Chuck Pounder and Mattias Hellberg to tour with them. In 1999 The Hellacopters recorded Grande Rock with the band's pianist Anders Lindström on rhythm guitar and started to look for a permanent guitarist. When Dahlqvist heard about this he contacted the band and asked for the opportunity for an audition, and after a few jam sessions together Dahlqvist was chosen as the band's new guitarist.
During his time in The Hellacopters Dahlqvist recorded four studio albums, four EPs, two split albums and many other releases. Bands and artists that The Hellacopters collaborated with during Dahlqvist's time in the band included Gluecifer, The Flaming Sideburns, Scott Morgan, Backyard Babies, Pelle Almqvist, Thomas Öberg and many others. In October 2007, The Hellacopters announced they would be breaking up after releasing their last full length album Head Off; until late October the band was on the road with their The Tour Before the Fall.
In 2004 Dahlqvist formed Thunder Express along with Robert Pehrsson (Death Breath), Jens Lagergren and Jesper Karlsson. The name is taken from a MC5 song as a tribute to the MC5 and their music. With the help of other musicians, songwriters, bandmates and close friends, the band released their debut album We Play for Pleasure in 2004. In 2007 the band followed up their debut album with "Republic Disgrace". During The Tour Before the Fall with The Hellacopters Dahlqvist revealed plans for a Swedish record under the name Dundertåget. In 2009 the band released their debut album - Skaffa Ny Frisyr - which was followed up with Dom Feta Åren är Förbi in 2010.
Dahlqvist has been a steady member of Stefan Sundström's backing band; Sundström also helped out with lyrics for the new Dundertåget record. Dahlqvist also recorded lead guitar for the song "Soulmover" for fellow band member Nick Royale and Scott Morgan's soul band The Solution on their second album Communicate!. He also recorded and toured with band member Anders Lindström's former band The Diamond Dogs in 2004.
Dahlqvist favours vintage guitars, effects and amplifiers.
- 2001 The Hellacopters/Adam West - White Thrash Soul (Guitar)
- 2002 The Hellacopters - High Visibility (Guitar, backing vocals)
- 2002 The Hellacopters - By the Grace of God (Guitar, backing vocals)
- 2003 Wilmer X - Lyckliga Hundar (Guitar)
- 2003 Wayne Kramer - Adult World (Guitar)
- 2004 Thunder Express - We Play for Pleasure (Vocals, guitar)
- 2004 Stefan Sundström - Hjärtats Melodi (Guitar)
- 2004 The Diamond Dogs - Black River Road (Guitar)
- 2004 The Solution - Communicate! (Lead guitar)
- 2005 Stefan Sundström - Stolt Men Inte Nöjd (Guitar, backing vocals)
- 2005 The Hellacopters - Rock & Roll Is Dead (Guitar, backing vocals)
- 2006 Stefan Sundström - Fabler från Bällingebro (Guitar)
- 2007 Thunder Express - Republic Disgrace (Vocals, guitar)
- 2008 The Hellacopters - Head Off (Guitar, backing vocals)
- 2009 Dundertåget - Skaffa Ny Frisyr (Vocals, guitar)
- 2010 Dundertåget - Dom Feta Åren är Förbi (Vocals, guitar)
- 2010 Necronaut - Necronaut (Lead guitar)
- Stefan Sundström - 5 Dagar i Augusti (Guitar, backing vocals)
- TBA The Hellacopters - Upcoming live album (Guitar, backing vocals)
- Swedish interview
- The Solution article
- Express&menu=Artists Razzia Records Thunder Express info
- Cutting Edge interview
- Robert Dahlqvist - My Gear
- Official MySpace
- Official Thunder Express Website
- Official Thunder Express MySpace
- Official Hellacopters Website
- Official Hellacopters Myspace