The story about The Boppers started out as a fairytale about some teenagers from Stockholm who was on the right place on the wrong time.
Forming the band in 1977 when punk rock exploded around the world their take on 50’s doo wop and rock n roll couldn’t be more out of style but they refused to fit in and turned it in to a success. After their debut “Number One”, containing mostly covers of their 50’s favorites from the likes of Roy Orbison, Dion & Belmonts etc. sold over 450 000 copies in Sweden!! There was no doubt about it. The Boppers was the next big thing!
Since then they’ve become an institution in Swedish rock n roll history with their albums selling worldwide. Always true to their roots they’ve kept on digging where they stand.
2022 The Boppers celebrate 45 years as a band with a brand new album. And a new record company! For the new album the band teams up with Wild Kingdom / Sound Pollution. They’ve collaborated closely with Sulo (singer and frontman of Diamond Dogs) and legendary producer Tomas Skogsberg (The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies etc).
“Callous Rain” is the first single from the forthcoming album “White Lightning”. It’s a dark anthem about life’s inescapable terms and conditions that reminds of The Walker Brothers heydays with it’s beautiful harmonies. A 60’s feel that’s underlined by Nicke Andersson of The Hellacopters bleeding guitar solo.
The album kicks off with a riotous cover of Chris Spedding’s 1975 gem “Motorbikin” and that sets the bar high for the rest.
But no one will get disappointed. “White Lightning” is an album that shows a band spreading their 45 years of duty and musical knowledge. Chris Spedding returns the favor by joining them on a Gene Vincent twangy guitar on “Teddyboy’s are Back”.
The Boppers pay their tribute to punk by turning the Generation-x cover “King Rocker” into a jungle hop and Nicke Andersson from The Hellacopters put his mark on the 60’s colored “Callous Rain” and “Motorbikin’” with fiery solos.
“White Lightning” is an album where The Boppers prove that they still are a band that matters. It’s an album for old fans as much as for beginners. “White Lightning” will be released on July 1st, 2022.
45 years down the road they sound hungrier and more furious than ever. They keep carrying the torch of original rock n roll with pride and it shines as bright as ever before.
Pre-order “White Lightning” here.
2. (Brew) White Lightning
3. Gone for Bad
4. King Rocker
5. Keep on Boppin
6. Callous Rain
7. Embrace the Blue
8. Teddyboys are Back
9. I Wanna Give
10. Lucky to be There
11. Gotta Get You off My Mind
12. I Gotta Move On
Matte Lagerwall – Vocals and guitars (1977-)
Ingmar Wallén – Vocals and guitars (1977-)
Kenneth Björnlund – Drums and vocals (1982-)
Surjo Benigh – Bass and vocals (1994-)