Thunder Express

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Thunder Express
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Rock, garage rock, power pop
Years active 2004 - 2008
Labels Razzia Records
Associated acts Dundertåget, The Hellacopters, Death Breath, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Stefan Sundström, Hello Saferide, Nationalteatern, The Diamond Dogs, I Are Droid
Website Thunder
Members Robert Pehrsson
Jens Lagergren
Jesper Karlsson
Past members Robert Dahlqvist

Thunder Express was a Swedish rock band. The band was formed as a side project by Robert Dahlqvist of the the Hellacopters on guitar and vocals. Dahlqvist recruited guitarist Robert Pehrsson from the metal band Death Breath, former Diamond Dogs drummer Jesper Karlsson, and bassist Jens Lagergren of Hello Saferide and I Are Droid.

Sweden constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.4 million has a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi). The highest concentration is in the southern half of the country.

Robert Dahlqvist Swedish musician

Robert Dahlqvist was a Swedish guitarist and vocalist best known for his nine-year tenure with the rock band The Hellacopters. He was also the lead singer and guitarist for Thunder Express, a band originally started as a side project to his work with The Hellacopters. At the time of his death at age 40, Dahlqvist had nearly completed his second solo album, under the name Strängen.

The Hellacopters Swedish rock band

The Hellacopters are a Swedish garage rock band that was formed in 1994 by Nicke Andersson, Andreas Tyrone "Dregen" Svensson (guitar), Kenny Håkansson (bass) and Robert Eriksson (drums). Andersson had been the drummer for death metal band Entombed and Dregen was taking a break from his full-time band Backyard Babies. Dregen and Eriksson had been roadies for Entombed, while Håkansson was a childhood friend of Andersson's. The Hellacopters were initially conceived as a side project for Andersson and Dregen, but it eventually became the main songwriting and performance vehicle for Andersson. The band, together with The Hives, is considered one of the most important Swedish bands in the garage rock revival and one of the most influential rock bands in Sweden.


Band history

The band took its name from the MC5 song "Thunder Express" as a tip of the hat to the MC5.[ citation needed ] Other bands whose influence can be heard in the band's music are The Rolling Stones, Cheap Trick, The Faces, ZZ Top, and the Hellacopters. [1] Thunder Express released two albums, We Play for Pleasure (2004) and Republic Disgrace (2007), and appeared on a 4-way split album with the song "I Can Feel The Fire". [2]

MC5 band

MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson. "Crystallizing the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening", according to AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the MC5's leftist political ties and anti-establishment lyrics and music positioned them as emerging innovators of the punk movement in the United States. Their loud, energetic style of back-to-basics rock and roll included elements of garage rock, hard rock, blues rock, and psychedelic rock.

The Rolling Stones English rock band

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first stable line-up consisted of Brian Jones (multi-instrumentalist), Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman (bass), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ian Stewart (piano). Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued to work with the band as a contracted musician until his death in 1985. Brian Jones was the original leader of the group. The band's primary songwriters, Jagger and Richards, assumed leadership after Andrew Loog Oldham became the group's manager. Their musical focus shifted from covering blues songs to writing original material, a decision with which Jones did not agree. Jones left the band less than a month before his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1974. After Taylor left the band, Ronnie Wood took his place in 1975 and continues on guitar in tandem with Richards. Following Wyman's departure in 1993, Darryl Jones was contracted by the band to play bass. Since the firing of Stewart, the Stones have not had a keyboardist as a member of the band, but have had long working relationships with Jack Nitzsche (1965–1971), Nicky Hopkins (1967–1982), Billy Preston (1971–1981), Ian McLagan (1978–1981), and Chuck Leavell (1982–present).

In late 2008, the band switched to Swedish lyrics and renamed itself Dundertåget (a rough Swedish translation of "Thunder Express"). Under that name they released two more albums before disbanding in 2011. [3]

Dundertåget swedish rock band

Dundertåget was a Swedish rock band, originally formed by singer/guitarist Robert Dahlqvist under the name Thunder Express in 2004. The band switched to Swedish lyrics and renamed themselves Dundertåget in 2008.



Robert Pehrsson is a Swedish guitarist, singer & song writer. He has worked for such diverse bands such as Runemagick, Thunder Express, Death Breath, Dundertåget, Imperial State Electric, Slingblade and also Dagger. Robert Pehrsson started his career as a guitarist/vocalist around 88–89, then concentrating mainly on playing extreme music like thrash and early death metal, but soon branched out in different musical genres but mainly focusing on rock music.

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Ebbot Lundberg Swedish singer

Torbjörn "Ebbot" Lundberg is a Swedish artist, songwriter and music producer who lives in Gothenburg, Sweden. From 1995 to 2012, he was the lead singer of The Soundtrack of Our Lives‚ which he co-founded with Björn Olsson and Ian Person,

Kenny Håkansson Swedish musician

Kenny Håkansson is a Swedish musician, best known as the bassist for the Hellacopters. The Hellacopters were founded by Håkansson's childhood friend Nicke Andersson as a side project to his role as a drummer in the heavy metal band Entombed.

Mattias Bärjed Swedish musician

Tore Mattias Bärjed is a Swedish musician, songwriter and music composer. Between 1997–2012 he was a guitarist for The Soundtrack of Our Lives, co-writing many of their songs, such as "Sister Surround", "Bigtime" and "Second Life Replay". Since around 2007 Bärjed has been active as a film music composer, and in 2015 he received the Guldbaggen award for his soundtrack to the film Gentlemen.


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