Formed in Sweden in 1989, the Refreshments have been local rock 'n' roll heroes ever since. If you've been pining for a new Rockpile album since 1980, I give you A Stiff One!
Sweden's best-kept secret in rock 'n' roll is ready to reclaim their throne. Having sold over half a million albums in Sweden alone, the Refreshments have solidified their position as one of its most enduring bands. Their music channels the spirit of Chuck Berry infused with a Welsh twist and and an occasional dash of Dave Edmunds thrown in for good measure. You can label it as pub rock, rhythm and blues, or rockabilly, but I prefer to call it rock 'n' roll in its purest sense.
With 53 million streams on Spotify, the band have amassed over 100,000 monthly listeners on the platform, with a dedicated following of more than 30,000 followers worldwide. And no doubt, that will grow fast soon.
Founded in Gävle, Sweden in 1989, the Refreshments draw inspiration from 1950s American rock 'n' roll and late '70s/early '80s British pub rock. Their track record includes a consistent string of top ten albums in their home country.
Through relentless touring across Sweden, they've honed a sound that has kept a growing audience dancing, tapping their feet, and cranking up their stereos for more than three decades. Remarkably, their journey began in a time dominated by synth-pop and soft metal on the airwaves. Yet, a group of teenagers from Gävle, Sweden, discovered their deep-rooted love for '50s American rock 'n' roll, surpassing everything MTV and mainstream radio had to offer.