Vigilante Carlstroem in 2007
|Birth name||Mikael Karlsson|
|Also known as||Vigilante Carlstroem
Pig Champion Jr
|Born||Fagersta, Sweden30 October 1978|
|Genres||Alternative rock, garage punk, garage rock revival|
|Instruments||Guitar, backing vocals|
|Years active||1989 - present|
|Labels||A&M/Octone, Interscope, Epitaph Records|
|Associated acts||The Hives|
|Website||The Hives Broadcastingservice|
Mikael Karlsson, or Vigilante Carlstroem as he is better known, was born on 30 October 1978 in Fagersta, Sweden. He is the guitarist of the Swedish rock band The Hives, which formed in 1993 and was one of the most important bands in the garage rock revival.
Vigilante started playing guitar at the age of ten and was influenced by bands such as Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys and local Swedish punk bands. Vigilante usually plays Epiphone Crestwood guitars and uses Hiwatt amplifiers as do the rest of his bandmates.
Vigilante has also been contributing to the album Ge Fan I Våra Vatten (Don't fucking touch our waters), which is a record made by Swedish Rockstars (that like to practice fishing in their sparetime) to raise funds for the protection of the fish in Swedish waters.
In The Hives
- Barely Legal (1997)
- Veni Vidi Vicious (2000)
- Tyrannosaurus Hives (2004)
- The Black and White Album (2007)
- Lex Hives (2012)
In The Dragtones
- Drag (2012)
- on YouTube (retrieved November 2, 2008)