Added: 22 November 2011

Jackwave (Swe)

Jackwave (Swe)
Band Info
Heavy Metal
Sweden (


1985 - 1988
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Official Website

Jan "Janne" Persson - Vocals
Jan "Janne" Grunditz - Guitar
Johan Pettersson - Guitar, Bass (Arabian Hugs, Transylvania)
Mats Heinebäck - Bass
Mathias Abrahamsson - Drums

Former / Past Members
Mikael "Abbe" Sjöström - Vocals (Airborne, Rubycon)
Toni Lindgren - Guitar, Vocals (Arabian Hugs, Transylvania)
Fredric Linderoth - Guitar (Arabian Hugs)
Tommy Johnsson - Bass (Airborne)
Björn "Bönne" Holstensson - Bass
Stefan Axelsson - Drums (Airborne, Transylvania, Arabian Hugs, L-RÖ 500)
JACKWAVE was a later formation of AIRBORNE. Later changed name to TRANSYLVANIA. Released a single in 1986 on the Platina label. A second single was also recorded but never released, only 2 test presses exists.

Official Biography from 'King of the Sea, Compilation 2020'
I moved back to Östergötland after a few years with Airborne from Nässjö. I ended up in Boxholm and met Fredric Linderoth, a guitarist from Motala. We started planning a rockband and Fredric introduced me to the one I still consider the best of guitarists, Tony Lindgren. Together with a young guy from Boxholm (15 years old), Johan Pettersson, on bass and blues singer from Motala, Benke Broman, we started the group Arabian Hugs. We rehearsed in Fredrick father's summer cottage out on Råssnäs. In the winter of '85 we practiced "Wardance" and "Fight for Your Life". The only source of heat we had in the cottage was an open fireplace, so we built a sledge to transport firewood and instruments to the rehearsals since there was no road the last mile. We recorded the songs in the CWC studio in Norrköping after consistent training.

We later changed singer for the song "Wardance" to Abbe from Airborn since we wanted a heavier and more aggressive sound. Then the band moved to Boxholm and I suggested changing the name to Jackwave. Toni, Johan  and I continued with Abbe and Tommy (Airborne) during the next demo that was recorded in Linköping. After some member changes after Toni quit, we got a vinyl single-contract. I knew Nässjö guitarist Janne Grunditz from the years with Airborne, I recruited him, and he knew Janne Person who became the new vocalist of the band.

From Mjölby we got the skilled Björn "Bönne" Holstensson to play the bass. With that line-up, we got into the studio and recorded Toni's compositions "King of the Sea" and "I'll Be There" and all was recorded on vinyl '86. We played a gig which is available in lousy quiality on Youtube. Before the gig, we had some changes in the crew and Toni was back in the band, who was reluctantly the vocalist.

Personally, I think this line-up was the one that made Jackwave become, aggressively, straight, simple, melodious and with a heavy attitude. It was exactly the sound I was looking for.

In 1987 Toni, Bönne and I quit Jackwave and Johan was now in charge of the band. Toni and I started a new band (Transylvania) with bass player Lasse Grunditz, but that is another story.

Johan continued Jackwave with the "Jannes", Mats Heinebäck on bass and Mathias Abrahamsson on drums. They had many gigs with this line-up and a recording session that unforunately only resulted in two test press-plates. Jackwave's story ends roughly here and was never resumed.

Sincerly Stefan Axelsson, drummer and founder.
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