Vigilante Carlstroem in 2007
|Birth name||Mikael Karlsson|
|Also known as||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|
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 Coronet guitars and uses Divided by 13 and Fender amplifiers.
Vigilante helped to form The Hives in 1993. An early stage name of his, Barely Legal, was used as the title of their debut LP in 1997. Since 1994, The Hives have released five studio albums and three EPs.
Vigilante has contributed to the album Ge Fan I Våra Vatten (Don't fucking touch our waters), which is a record made by Swedish musicians as a means to raise funds for the protection of 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)