While new to the U.S., Teddybears have put out a handful of albums in their native Sweden, beginning in the '90s as a hardcore punk band, citing as influences the Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains and NWA. Classmates Patrik and Jocke met at an art school in Stockholm where they decided to form a grindcore band named Skull. When Skull needed a guitar player, they invited Jocke's brother Klas and changed the band's name to Teddybears.
Bassist Jocke recalls, "After a while our drummer left the band to pursue a career as a sculptor, and so we learned that cheap drum machines, electric guitars and vocoders could be a deadly combination."
"With the change of the music, though, we started to incorporate other kinds of vocals, and we have invited some very special friends as guest vocalists."
"Nowadays, there's not a lot of punk in our music anymore I guess," Jocke continues. "We get some outlet for that kind of frustration in other areas of our lives, like painting, skateboarding and Nietzsche-reading."