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Swedish punk rocker Fredrik Lindkvist teasing new solo album with new track “Who Do You Want to Be?”

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Fredrik Lindkvist, mostly knowns as the former singer and frontman of Swedish hardcore band Totalt JΓ€vla MΓΆrker, has signed to LΓΆvely records. Under the artist name Fred Lee, he will will release his solo debut album “Sleepwalking in Daylight” in summer 2021.

Embracing a completely different sound and style of songwriting, Fredriks solo project sounds like nothing he’s done before. Traditional storytelling, bittersweet vocal melodies, and clean guitar licks ads up to a colorful and exciting take on folk rock.

The first single released by Fred Lee and his backup band -The Restless, is called “Who Do You Want to Be?” and is out now on all streaming platforms now. The single is released together with a music video above.

Fred Lee

From fierce and dystopian hardcore punk to bittersweet folk rock, Fred Lee & The Restless is the result of Fredrik Lindkvist’s (Totalt JΓ€vla MΓΆrker) musical journey. His approach to songwriting is rooted in the darker spectrum of underground culture, yet expressed with colorful and heartwarming ambience.

π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘ π‘’π‘™π‘‘ 𝑖𝑠 π‘Žπ‘› π‘’π‘›π‘–π‘žπ‘’π‘’ π‘‘π‘Žπ‘˜π‘’ π‘œπ‘› π‘“π‘œπ‘™π‘˜ π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘π‘˜, 𝑑𝑒𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 π‘π‘Žπ‘π‘‘π‘–π‘£π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘›π‘” π‘™π‘¦π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘π‘  π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑑 π‘šπ‘’π‘™π‘œπ‘‘π‘–π‘’π‘ .

Fredrik Lindkvist is mostly known as the lead singer and frontman of Swedish punk/hardcore band Totalt JΓ€vla MΓΆrker. Between the years 1997 to 2017, the band released 4 full length albums as well as 4 EPs and became well-known for their dark, bitter, dystopian sound and most often political lyrics. Parallel to the years in Totalt JΓ€vla MΓΆrker, Fredrik played drums in punk outfit Knugen Faller and guitar in indie-rock constellation Royal Downfall. Fredrik is the current singer of hardcore band RIWEN together with Johannes Persson (Cult of Luna), Christoffer RΓΆstlund Jonsson (DS-13), Christian Augustin (Totalt JΓ€vla MΓΆrker) and Marita MΓ€tlik. He’s also active in classic punk rock band Sista Brytet.

”𝐼 π‘™π‘œπ‘£π‘’ π‘π‘’π‘›π‘˜, π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ 𝐼 π‘™π‘œπ‘£π‘’ β„Žπ‘œπ‘€ 𝑖𝑑 β„Žπ‘Žπ‘  π‘ β„Žπ‘Žπ‘π‘’π‘‘ π‘šπ‘’ π‘Žπ‘  π‘Žπ‘› π‘–π‘›π‘‘π‘–π‘£π‘–π‘‘π‘’π‘Žπ‘™. π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ π‘‘π‘œ-𝑖𝑑-π‘¦π‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘ π‘’π‘™π‘“ π‘ π‘π‘–π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘‘ β„Žπ‘Žπ‘  π‘Žπ‘™π‘€π‘Žπ‘¦π‘  𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’, π‘€β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘π‘’π‘£π‘’π‘Ÿ 𝑑𝑦𝑝𝑒 π‘œπ‘“ π‘šπ‘’π‘ π‘–π‘π‘Žπ‘™ π‘π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘—π‘’π‘π‘‘ 𝐼’𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 π‘Ž π‘π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘‘ π‘œπ‘“.”

Parallell to the years of screaming and playing in punk bands, Fredrik became more interested in singer-songwriter and storytelling traditions. With a love for Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Brian Fallon, Bruce Springsteen and early soul music, a new set of songs started taking shape.

During the summer of 2019, on a long train ride somewhere in Sweden, Fredrik decided to do something with these songs. He came up with a band name, decided on who should be part of his backup band, and established a simple philosophy; honest music straight from the heart, that sounds live even when captured on record. Once he arrived to his destination, Fred Lee & The Restless were born.
In the autumn the same year, Fredrik and his backup band recorded what would become his solo debut album, ”Sleepwalking In Daylight”. With the help of mixer Henrik Wiklund and mastering engineer Magnus Lindberg, they recorded 10 tracks of honest, heartwarming, and bittersweet folk rock.

”I hope that the people listening to this record realizes that I’m more than just hardcore. Maybe even get an insight into my life.”

Karol KamiΕ„ski

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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