"Demons" is a punk rock/garage punk band from Sweden. The band includes quotation marks in their name to differentiate themselves from other bands with a similar name. Their music has been described as "punk 'n' roll", but the band claims it should only be described as high-energy rock. Their musical style relies heavily on the energy derived from punk rock. Influences include sixties garage rock bands such as The Sonics, The Standells and Shadows of Knight, The Velvet Underground, The Stooges and New York Dolls; and punk rock bands suck as The Damned, The Heartbreakers and The Saints; and early hardcore punk bands such as Black Flag, Bad Brains and Dead Kennedys. "Demons" has often been compared to contemporary groups like New Bomb Turks, The Hellacopters and Electric Frankenstein.
The band established themselves in the mid-nineties Swedish punk/garage rock scene with releases such as Electrocute and "Demons"... Come Bursting Out!. "Demons" initially gained more popularity in the United States than in their homeland, and thus much of their music has been released on American record labels, most notably Gearhead Records based in Oakland, California. They have completed several US and European tours, including two appearances at SXSW. "Demons" are known for their wild, loud shows and high energy rock and roll. Their collective fashion style blends 1970s punk rock aesthetic with 1950s rebel, including pompadour hairdos and Brothel Creepers footwear.
In the late 1980s, Mathias Carlsson and Stefan Jonsson, both just thirteen years old at the time, formed the band Jawbation with school friends. Drummer Mikael Jacobsson and bassist "Muffins" Brink joined later. Jawbation slowly disintegrated and morphed into a new band, which they named "Demons" on the advice of Lux Interior and Poison Ivy from The Cramps.
In the mid- to late-1990s, "Demons" tracks appeared on many compilation releases such as Another Real Cool Time - Distorted Sounds from the North and released their debut single "Electrocute" on Ruff Nite Records. Their six-track EP "Demons"... Come Bursting Out! was released in 1998. The album was recorded in Sunlight Studio with Tomas Skogsberg (known for his work with The Hellacopters as well as several notable Swedish death metal bands such as Entombed). The band signed with Gearhead Records in 1999, and released their debut album Riot Salvation in 2000.
Mathias "Hep Cat Matt" Carlsson - Lead vocals & Guitar,
Micke Jacobsson - Drums & Backup vocals,
Tristan "TJ" Jeanneau - Bass & Backup vocals,
Stefan Jonsson - Guitar (years 1995 - 2005),
"Muffins" Brink - Bass (years 1995 - 2004),
In September 2001, "Demons" embarked on their first American tour. They were part of a package including The Nomads and The Fleshtones. The Nomads resigned from the tour following the attacks on World Trade Center. In March 2002, the band went on their second US tour. They began recording their follow up album Stockholm Slump with Tomas Skogsberg shortly after the tour ended. Before the album was mixed, "Demons" headed out to play the Scandinavian Gearfests (music festival coordinated by Gearhead Records) held in Stockholm, Helsinki and Oslo. After the album's release, they embarked on another coast-to-coast US tour, with the New Bomb Turks. "Demons" performed extensively throughout Europe in 2003. They toured the US again in 2004 after the release of Demonology - If You Can´t Join Us Beat Us, a collection of tracks from compilations and other rare recordings. In 2006, the band toured Scandinavia, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. In 2009, "Demons" toured Italy following the release of Ace In The Hole. The band only played a handful of shows in 2010 due to personal reasons.