Fredrik Lindkvist, mostly knowns as the former singer and frontman of Swedish hardcore band Totalt Jävla Mörker, has signed to Lövely 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.
From fierce and dystopian hardcore punk to bittersweet folk rock, Fred Lee & The Restless is the result of Fredrik Lindkvist’s (Totalt Jävla Mörker) musical journey. His approach to songwriting is rooted in the darker spectrum of underground culture, yet expressed with colorful and heartwarming ambience.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑢𝑙𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑞𝑢𝑒 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑜𝑛 𝑓𝑜𝑙𝑘 𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑘, 𝑑𝑒𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑐𝑎𝑝𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑦𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑡 𝑚𝑒𝑙𝑜𝑑𝑖𝑒𝑠.
Fredrik Lindkvist is mostly known as the lead singer and frontman of Swedish punk/hardcore band Totalt Jävla Mörker. 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 Jävla Mörker, 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 Röstlund Jonsson (DS-13), Christian Augustin (Totalt Jävla Mörker) and Marita Mätlik. He’s also active in classic punk rock band Sista Brytet.
”𝐼 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑝𝑢𝑛𝑘, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐼 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑖𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑒𝑑 𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑢𝑎𝑙. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑜-𝑖𝑡-𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑖𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑎𝑙𝑤𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒, 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑦𝑝𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑗𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝐼’𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑎 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓.”
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.”