What the MC5
were to the '60s, what Sonic's Rendezvous Band
and Radio Birdman
were to the '70s, and what the Celibate Rifles
were to the '80s -- that's what Sweden's Hellacopters
were to the '90s. Young, strapping, and rocking out to almost cartoon-like proportions, the Hellacopters
have made quite a name for themselves in Europe and Australia. And a deal with Sub Pop had them targeting the States. The rock -- fast, extremely hard, and loud beyond reason -- has gotten the band noticed by several of their seminal influences, such as Scott Morgan
, who has performed with them many times as well as collaborated on a single for the aforementioned Sub Pop label, and also the Dictators
, with whom they have done several European tours.
Releases include 1998's Super Shitty to the Max!
and its 1999 follow-up, Grande Rock
. The Hellacopters
also teamed with Gluecifer
for a 1999 split release, Respect the Rock America
. White Trash Soul
appeared in early 2001, followed by the European release of High Visibility
. That record wouldn't see American soil for a whole year (while it was a major-label release at home, it appeared on the independent Gearhead imprint in the States), while they garnered awards in their home country. Universal opted to release the band's next full-length set, 2002's By the Grace of God
, on both sides of the ocean, while fans who were having trouble keeping up with their many singles and compilation tracks got relief with two odds-and-sods compilations, Cream of the Crap!
and Cream of the Crap!, Vol. 2
. Despite being filled with old-fashioned rock & roll, the band's 2005 release was titled Rock & Roll Is Dead