Misconduct started out when a group of guys living in the small Swedish town of Kristinehamn decided to form a band that would continue on the principles and values set forth by other hardcore bands existing in the late 80's, early 90's. The original lineup consisted of Fredrik "Ollo" Olsson (Vocals), Martin "Mört" Roed (Guitar), Daniel Andersson (Bass) & Jonas "J.C." Carlsson (Drums). The first version of Misconduct was formed in fall '95 and several months later they recorded their first and only demo "Like the old days", which was indeed old-school hardcore with their very own touch. The demo consisted of seven intense and very short tracks, which caught the attention of Bad Taste Records.
The first Bad Taste recording they appeared on was the compilation album "This is bad taste - the ultimate punk party''. They were featured with two songs from the demo, "Lack of knowledge" and "…of today". As well as playing live shows, the next thing the band did was to record their EP "A change". They recorded it in Studio Underground Västerås, December 1996 and the CD was released in February '97. The CD went down well and after the release Misconduct went on a full European tour supporting one of Sweden's biggest hardcore bands - 59 Times The Pain.
Writing new material all the time, it was not long before the band was ready to record their next CD. In July '97 the guys went back to Studio Underground, this time to record their first full length CD "…Another time". The CD was released in September '97. Shortly after the release of their debut album, Misconduct went on another European tour, this time with "Bad Taste" labelmates Intensity. They toured Europe during September and October.
Early 1998 they recorded their 7" "Signed in blood" at Speedball studios. They went on a tour of Finland with LKPG's finest hardcore band "Outlast" a few months after the recording and right after they returned "Signed in blood" was released. After the release of "Signed in blood" they managed to go on another European tour before tragedy struck and Daniel Andersson had to leave the band due to personal reasons. Shortly after that Mattias Nielsen was recruited as Misconduct's new bass player and not long thereafter things didn't work out with Martin Roed and he left the band. Misconduct had to find a new guitarist and they eventually talked to Mattias old friend Fredrik Andersson about joining the and the line-up was once again complete: Fredrik "Ollo" Olsson (Vocals), Mattias Nielsen (Bass), Fredrik Andersson (Guitar) & Jonas "J.C." Carlsson (Drums).
By this time Misconduct had enough songs to record a new album, but instead they trashed most of the songs to make new ones together with the new members. After several weeks of hard work Misconduct had written nineteen songs, which they recorded together with Mattias (Millencolin) and Miezko (Nasum) in Studio Soundlab, December '98. Bad Taste Records released sixteen of the songs on the album "A New Direction" in February the following year.
After the release of "A New Direction" Misconduct went overseas in March/April to join the "SnoJam 5" tour in Canada together with Paget Williams and the Greenland Crew. The tour was a great success and Misconduct got to play some of their greatest shows ever together with bands like Satanic Surfers, Anti Flag, Gob, 88 Fingers Louie, AFI, Chixdiggit etc. After the tour Misconduct was supposed to join New York's Madball for a five week European tour followed by a 2 week U.K. tour on their own, but once again tragedy struck. Three weeks before the tour with Madball Jonas left the band and MISCONDUCT had to cancel both their upcoming tours.
"…If it hadn't been for such a great support from Bad Taste and my girlfriend Marielle this would have been the end of MISCONDUCT" - Fredrik "OLLO" Olsson '99
For about four weeks Misconduct was history, but after a lot of talking Bad Taste & Marielle persuaded Fredrik to continue the struggle and bring the band back to life. Fredrik talked to Martin Jansson who went on tour with them on the Polish Pride Tour back in '98 when Martin Roed had other obligations. Martin Jansson was really into joining the band and since he already knew all the songs everything felt completely natural. The next day they asked their old friend Dan Nilsson if he wanted to become Misconduct's new bass-player. Now there was only one more problem - they needed a drummer who was good enough too replace J.C., which was not an easy task. After searching for a new drummer without any luck they brought Henke Bergström from Solquake into the band as a temporary solution and in June the four played together as MISCONDUCT at Sweden's biggest music festival in Hultsfred. The gig went great and the guys decided to continue together with Henke until they found a drummer who could be a permanent member of the band.
After summer it was decided that MISCONDUCT would be one of the headlining acts on the BAD TASTE EUROPEAN TOUR '99 in October/November. It was a great thing for the band to go on the road for 5-6 weeks, but it was also a problem when Henke couldn't be away from home for more than 2 weeks. So once again the guys had to start looking for a new drummer. Three weeks before the tour they found what they had been looking for. Misconduct's new drummer was Mattias Pettersson a guy from Charleswood who had played in several punk, metal & hardcore bands. It took only one rehearsal to see that Matt was the right man for the job, but he had a lot of work in front of him. Learning over 30 songs in three weeks, Matt even managed to bring MISCONDUCT to an even higher level than ever before! They guys were ready for the tour and the success was a fact.
After the tour they entered Rose Valley Studios together with legend "Hard Rock-Toby" to record 7 new tracks which resulted in a split-CD together with Toronto's Trigger Happy. The split was released on Bad Taste in March 2000. After the release of the split MISCONDUCT was hungry for more, so they hooked up with Adhesive and label mates Astream on the Boardfest 3 Tour in Eastern Canada with Go Home Productions. The tour was very successful for all the bands and new friendship with Canadian bands Layaway Plan and Senseless saw the light of day.
After the Boardfest tour another Canadian tour was in the works together with Waterfall & Freedumb Recordz. The tour was supposed to be across Canada together with labelmates Within Reach and Burning Heart's Raised Fist, but for various reasons it was canceled. So when there was no tour and since Misconduct had a lot of new songs they went into TBV studios in August last year together with local hero Lennart "LEONID" Karlsson. They did most of the work by themselves using only an analog 16-channel table, no digital effects and an old-fashion recording technique. The result of all this was the most intense and spontaneous recording ever made by the band.
They've toured all over Scandinavia, Europe and North America with bands like Sick Of It All, Shelter, Satanic Surfers, Slapshot, AFI, Anti Flag, Gob, Chixdiggit and many more. In 2002 alone the band toured Europe, Canada, the UK (twice) and Scandinavia.
In January 2003 Misconduct released their 3 song MCD "New Beginning" on Swedish label Side By Side Records as a preview for their upcoming album. Side By Side also released two VIDEOS from the MCD for "New Beginning" and "Iron Lion Zion".
The summer 2003 Misconduct spent the summer of 2003 on the road touring Europe and Scandinavia sharing the stage with YOUTH OF TODAY, HATEBREED, SICK OF IT ALL, 25 TA LIFE etc…
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