Sweden’s Electric Earth, who started out in the beginning of 2001, put great importance on artistic freedom and musical integrity.
The members are influenced by many of the most creative and open minded musicians and bands in the history of music – like KISS, Black Sabbath, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden and Led Zeppelin. This standpoint and attitude coloured the band’s debut album 'Organic Songs – Volume One” (2004) - a record that offered both groove and variation.
The video for the album opener Platonic, just one of many songs that gained them national airplay, was one of the tracks picked for the Sweden Rock Magazine DVD that was unleashed in the beginning of 2005.
On stage Electric Earth add extra energy and personality which make them a strong live act. Something they have proved on festivals like Metaltown, Westgotha, Gothenburg Metal Festival and 2000 Decibel.
Electric Earth released their second CD, Vol II – Words Unspoken, in Europe during spring 2007. The album was recorded in Studio Bohus (a classic Swedish studio where everyone from ABBA and Status Quo to more recent bands like Evergrey, Deathstars and At The Gates have worked) together with respected producer Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Mustasch and Hardcore Superstar). This was their first, and only, release on the classic Belgian Mausoleum-label.
A couple of months later Electric Earth released the limited edition CD-EP Selling Souls, which features two newly recorded, none album, tracks as well as a couple of covers featuring special guests. Mattias “Ia” Eklundh from Freak Kitchen plays a blinding solo on Kiss’ “I Want You” while Clawfinger’s front man Zak Tell leaves his personal mark on Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker”.
October 2007 saw the release of Vol II – Words Unspoken in USA and Canada. At the same time Organic Songs – Volume One and Selling Souls was made available worldwide. A month later Electric Earth was nominated, by the Music Resource Group, as one of five bands in the Hard Rock/Metal album category, with their Vol II – Words Unspoken CD, in the 7th annual Independent Music Awards.
Just when things were beginning to happen on a full scale for the band tragedy struck – real hard. This situation together with a couple of personal matters forced the band to keep a really low profile for almost three years. In the end their passion and love for music made them overcome all the difficulties they had gone through. Electric Earth had been touching the void but got back together in full force, determined to once again set the rock ’n’ roll record straight!
June 2011 saw the release of the bands third, and critically acclaimed, album Touching The Void.
A couple of months later Electric Earth entered the studio to record a cover of Whitesnake’s “Young Blood” (from the “Saints And Sinners” album) for the tribute album Still Of The Night. The album was finally available in autumn 2013.
In October 2011 they released an exclusive digital version of Free Fall from Touching The Void. It was mixed/produced by famous American producer Beau Hill, who is best known for his work with bands/artists like Ratt, Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, Gary Moore and Europe.
In April 2013 Electric Earth started to record their fourth album together with Jonas Beijer, who co-produced Touching The Void, and Marko Tervonen, who is best known for his guitar skills in the metal band The Crown. The album Leaving For Freedom was released worldwide in October 2014.
2015 nearly saw the ending of Electric Earth when bass player and founding member Lyris Karlsson decided to leave the band to pursue other projects. Though instead of calling a quits remaining members Peter Gottlieb (vocals), Tommy Scalisi (guitar) and Magnus Olsson (drums) started writing material for the best album the band were about to record. Focused on the core of what Electric Earth are all about and staying true to their vision of Hard Rock music they wrote tons of tunes resulting in the recording of the self titled album Electric Earth.
Along the way they reached out to close friends to fill in on the bass parts of the recordings. Among the musicians you find Jörgen Carlsson (Gov’t Mule), Ulf Widlund (the Leather Nun, Mick Ronson, Kim Fowley, Ulf Lundell), Erik Peterson (Impious), Rob Hakemo (Crawl Back to Zero, M.A.N., Engel) and many others all contributing in their own style and flash adding to the inner nerve of Electric Earth. The band also once again teamed up with Jonas Beijer at the producer helm to return to the vibe of the Touching the Void-album. The result is there to find on the brand new album out on November 3 available in vinyl, CD and download/streming.
During the summer of 2018 bass player Mikael Tuved joins the band. Mikael contributed on the recording of the album Electric Earth and the musicianship and character fitted the bill perfectly. Electric Earth anno 2018 someway closes the circle since Mikael played alongside Tommy and Magnus back in the days of Rat Salad which were a grunge, hard rock band back in the 90’s.
Electric Earth now sounds better than ever and once again ready to rock and roll.
Vocals and guitar (1999-Present)
Microphone, Gibson and Gretsch guitars, ENGL amplifier and MXR pedals.
A CD-box with the Byrds (4) and a record with The Seeds.
Most psychedelia from the late 60's, The Cult, Black Sabbath and the grunge era.
Gibson Guitars (Explorer, Les Paul, RD and Flying V), ESP Eclipse Paul Lambert Edition, Ibanez PS 10, ENGL amplification and cabinets, 010-052 string gauge, Dunlop Jazz III picks, a variety of pedals including MXR, Morley Wah and Digitech Whammy DT.
KISS "Alive!" and "Dressed To Kill," Black Sabbath - "Mob Rules", Ozzy Osbourne - "Diary Of A Madman" and Testament - "The Ritual" and "Low".
Ace Frehley, Jimmy Page and Randy Rhoads for the love of guitar - and KISS for making me wanna be in the rock business.
Educated in classical guitar. Started playing metal at the age of 12 when I formed my first band, The Exterminators, taking the name from one of Ace Frehley's early bands. I have released records with the bands Rat Salad and Gooseflesh and has worked as an engineer, both in the studio and live.
Ludwig drums and Paiste cymbals.
Deep Purple's "Made In Japan" meant much to me. That drum sound is amazing.
John Bonham and Ian Paice.
Started as a partly drummer, partly guitarist as a young schoolboy, turning more to drums in my late teens.
Fender and Music man Basses. Ampeg amplification and cabinets. Selecting pedals (and other loose parts) dependent of need and mood.
Black Sabbath - ”Master Of Reality”, Nine Inch Nails - ”Pretty Hate Machine”, Audioslave - ”Revelations”, The Who - ”Who’s Next”, Motörhead - ”Ace Of Spades”.
When it comes to rock’n roll it will be Phil Lynott, Ian Kilmister, Terence Butler, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle and Roger Glover.
Since the mid teenage years a bass player, songwriter, recording, mixing engineer and producer.