Lowrider (stoner rock, Sweden)
Lowrider is a Swedish stoner rock band, formed in the mid-1990s by bassist/singer Peder Bergstrand and lead guitarist/singer Ole Hellquist, along with guitarist Niclas Stalfors and drummer Andreas Eriksson.
Lowrider released the Nebula/Lowrider Double EP in 1999 together with ambassadors of psychedelic stoner rock, Nebula, who had just come into existence after their members departed from Fu Manchu. The EP was released in time for the beginning of Lowrider's European tour in 2000, when they played fourteen venues in eight different countries, co-headlining with Dozer and once with Spiritual Beggars . Their debut album Ode to Io was released the same year and unleashed a controversy regarding their musical influences. Opinion in the media was divided, as although they gained critical praise from some (hailed as "Sweden's answer to all that is rocky, funky, gritty and downright rock n' roll." by Critical Metal), others dismissed them, with the ever-influential Kerrang! awarding them the "Most Convincing Kyuss Clones Award" ().
Although it was announced that, "Lowrider has started the recording process of the new album" in 2003, there has not been any news since. Whether or not the band will return from this hiatus is unknown.
Lowrider are due to get back together for a one off gig at the Upcoming Desertfest 2013 in Berlin in April.
They also performed during the 2014 edition of Hellfest.
The band is back in studio, recording a new album during 2015.