Märvel has been an active band since 2002 and consists of The King (guitars and vocals), The Burgher (Bass) and The Vicar (Drums). The upcoming album, GUILTY PLEASURES, is the band’s 8th album.
Behind This power Trio we find Three young guys from Linkoping, Sweden; John Steen, Ulrik Bostedt and Tony Samuelsson who founded The bond Marvel during Their high school exchange year in Colorado, USA, 2002.
After celebrated vinyl singles (“Marvellous”, 2002; “Heroine Tracks” ,2003; “Bedlam AT The Embassy”, 2004) MARVEL released Their album Five Smell City early summer 2005 on Blue Pie Productions. Following up on The kind reviews They released Their CD EP “Unleashed” in February 2006.
“Five Smell City” shows off The high energy rock ‘n’ roll That has already become Marvels Trademark. Guided by bands such as Kiss and The Stooges, This young bunch of untamed riff masters with a genuine feel for The groove have already managed To manifest Their world domination program. Marvel carelessly avoids all rock cliches known To man so you won’t find any songs about cars, beer and babes.
Instead you’ll get To know super heroes with broken hearts, a weather goddess and how small Town madness influences The success of a young hungry rock band stuck in a city of five smells. And of course a song about a Swedish Tennis star That has had problems finding a decent occupation since he put his rocket To rest.
On “UNLEASHED” Marvel have devoted Themselves To render six brilliant yet wildly diverse songs by other artists (aka covers) into their Trademark style of rock ‘n roll. Since Then The bond has Turned To guru Papa Bar at HOMBRE Productions Inc. for management, Spiritual guidance and Tattoo Powers and Original Outlaw Advertising. The rest my friends is history.
With a killer new single already making its way across The airwaves Marvel look set To Take on The world!
Constant touring and airplay has helped the band building a very loyal fanbase in Europe. And the second album “Thunderblood Heart” took the band to a new level in 2007.
In the last three years Märvel has gone through some changes. The earlier records shows a band in superhero costumes, and the members called themselves “Vocalo, The Ambassador and Animalizer”. These alter egos have been abandoned in favour of “The King, The Vicar and Speedo”. New times sometimes need new personas.
Warhawks of war Since the bassist Ulrik Bostedt (Speedo) isn’t allowed to cross the Swedish borders another character, The Aviator, has taken his place on tour abroad and recently Märvel has reached 3rd bass with their latest member, the Burgher. Märvel don´t believe in replacing members, they add members. So for those who are counting, Märvel is a power trio with five members.
In 2009 Märvel released a single sided one track vinyl 7″ titled “A Pyrrhic Victory”. The single was followed by a tour that was filmed and later released as a 20 minute road movie. In 2011, the swedish barons of high energy rock and roll came back with Warhawks of War. Twelve new tracks from the King, the Vicar and Speedo. Warhawks of War was all about gigantic guitars, bombastic bass, dynamite drums and vaporizing vocals and featured guests stars Strings (Dundertåget, Hellacopters) and Dregen (Backyard Babies, Hellacopters, Michael Monroe). In January, the Aviator (Ulrik Bostedt) hang up his goggles and in through the back door came the Burgher (Ulrik Bostedt). In the autumn of 2011, the band toured Germany, France and Spain to support the album. The band celebrated the end of a great year by supporting Michael Monroe for two nights in a row in Helsinki.
In 2012, Märvel recorded and released the single Metalhead which was the first recording to feature the Burgher on bass. The 7″ also included the song Ambassador of Fantastic. Both songs were released as videos, produced by Papa Bear.
In 2013, the band began working on their fourth album. It was a busy year with the band launching a pledge campaign to get help from the fans to finance the new album. Also, Märvel was hand picked by Dregen to join his scandinavian tour in support of his first solo album. The tour began in November and lasted for 10 gigs in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Märvel travelled in style, with their 1976 Neoplan bus.
The band returned to White Light Studios in Five Smell City with Joakim Kärling at the helm to record what would became Hadal Zone Express. The album was released 28th of March to a never-ending stream of praise. The cover features a marvellous drawing by Daniel Ljunggren of an underwater train crushing towards the bottom of the ocean.
hadal zone express In May, the single Danish Rush was released as a video. It was filmed by Peder Carlsson (Backyard Babies), directed by Johan Bååth (the Doits) and produced by Papa Bear. The video features Olle Hedenström (Kongh, Dead Lord, Sordid Flesh) as the hero, hunted by angry danes. Throughout the video, several celebrities from the swedish rock elite can be spotted. The song was released as a digital single with a commodore 64 SID-remix as a bonus.
The hills have eyes In the fall of 2014, the band once again had itching clits and began writing and rehearsing new songs. In February 2015 the band teamed up with Fred Estby in his Stockholm studio to record a minialbum that was released in September 2015. The Hills Have Eyes was released as a first single the 29th of May and people haven’t stopped whistling (or playing flute) ever since. Papa Bear and Alfred Lindahl produced a video for the band’s cover of the W.A.S.P. classic “L.O.V.E. Machine” which won the Honolulu International Film Award for best music video.
Film award 2016 saw the band doing their first trip to the UK to play the Hard Rock Hell festival in Pwllheli. Due to various reasons, the line-up for this mini tour featured The King, Aviator (Bass) and new family member The Charlatan (drums). Märvel also returned to Åland to play the Fishbait Festival, this time doing an acoustic set featuring The King, The Burgher, Aviator and The Charlatan.
This year, Märvel’s long time manager and label president “Papa Bear” decided to quit music and put his Killer Cobra Records to rest.
This meant that Märvel needed a new home which was found one in The Sign Records. Under the name of Gaphals, the guys behind the label has put out over 100 releases and are know for their dedication and commitment which resulted in them receiving Lars Winnerbäck’s cultural award “Nyponet”.
The deal between Sign Records and Märvel was signed early 2017 as the band started working on their seventh album in the studio Solskensfabriken. The band produced and recorded the album on their own this time using their own studio. The new album is called “Märvel at the Sunshine Factory” and will be released the 6th of October 2017. Meanwhile, The Sign Records started off the co-operation by releasing “The Hills Have Eyes” on CD as well as giving it a US release.
Sunshine factory in June 2017, Märvel returned to the Fishbait Festival for the third time to play and host an exclusive set featuring rock celebrities Nicke Borg (Backyard Babies), Robert Pehrsson (Robert Pehrsson’s Humbucker, Dundertåget, Death Breath), Kent Norberg (Sator, The Boys), Chips Kiesby (Sator, The Boys) and the festival founder Nicke Söderström.
2017 – At the Sunshine Factory (LP, CD) (The Sign Records)
2017 – Warhawks of War (LP) (The Sign Records)
2017 – The Hills Have Eyes (CD, minialbum) (The Sign Records)
2015 – The Hills Have Eyes (LP, minialbum) (Killer Cobra Records)
2015 – Everything Belongs to You / Motherfucker (7″ The Chuck Norris Experiment / Märvel) (Ghost Highway)
2014 – Hadal Zone Express (LP, CD) (Killer Cobra Records)
2012 – Metalhead / Ambassador of Fantastic (7″ vinyl) (Killer Cobra Records)
2011 – Warhawks Of War (CD) (Killer Cobra Records)
2009 – A Pyrrhic Victory (7″ vinyl) (Killer Cobra Records)
2007 – Thunderblood Heart (LP, CD, digipak) (Killer Cobra Records)
2006 – Unleashed (CD, minialbum) (Black JuJu)
2005 – Five Smell City (CD) (Black JuJu)
2004 – Bedlam At The Embassy (7″ vinyl) (Black JuJu)
2003 – Heroine Tracks (7″ vinyl) (Black JuJu)
2002 – Marvellous (7″ vinyl) (New York Powerhitters)
Marvel are distributed by Blue Pie Records USA. They and are published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP) for selected titles.