Around ten years ago the two singer/songwriters Linus Lindvall and Andreas Olrog met at a film school in Helsingborg. They found out they shared both taste in music and in films and decided to form a band, since they both sat on a bunch of songs. The result was called Ashtray Hearts an alt country band taking its inspiration from bands like Jayhawks and Wilco. The band split up a few years after and Lindvall moved to Malmoe where he met Micke Sahlin, a drummer from, the recently put to sleep, ”Shakedowns”.
Both Sahlin and Lindvall wanted to start something new with a more direct approach and with more punch. They tried out different musicians, but found themselves alone. They started to persuade Olrog to leave Helsingborg and to come and play music with them. They succeeded. The guys formed “The Luscious Four” with Daniel Melkersson on bass, Lindvall and Olrog on guitar/vocals and Sahlin on the drums. After a couple of years Melkersson left the band and was replaced by Dante Ekfeldt.
They changed their name to “Golden Kanine”.
The four made a record in which a guy called Marcus Lundquist played trombone on, and soon after they had fallen in love with the idea of a more dynamic sound with more versatile instrumentation than just the classic rock setting of guitars, bass and drums. The idea incorporated the thought of a wall of snares, mandolins, trombones, banjos, guitars, fuzz bass guitar, pianos, the eventual pump organ and trying to combine the sonic noise of indie rock, the delicate and intimate feel of lo-fi and the more danceable parts of folk music.
The idea turned out to be generating quite a stir, both in their home region of southern Sweden but also in Germany and Denmark. The five guys started to record their debut album called “Scissors & Happiness”, which later was released by a German record label called Stargazer. The album got great reviews in German fanzines and magazines and the band kept looking for more ways to get their music out. Golden Kanine took to touring and even more touring and eventually they ended up in the garden of the Glitterhouse mansion playing a set to the crowd of the OBS festival and Golden Kanine soon signed on with Glitterhouse records.
In 2012, a new reimagination of Golden Kanine happened. Micke and Marcus gradually left the band. Per jumped in on drums and even more singing and Gábor and László from The Great Bertholinis filled the void that was left in the horns dimension. Together they played shows from little clubs to riduculously huge stages on Southside and Hurricane Festival and are currently recording and rehearsing new songs for the next record.
Golden Kanine 2011 – recent photo pending.