Måns Wieslander

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Swedish singer/songwriter Måns Wieslander has pursued a long, strange and commercially suicidal (not by choice) solo career  (think R. Stevie Moore work ethics) while maintaining a varied career as one-third of the dream pop trio the Moonbabies and releasing electronic-folk albums as half of the duo Campo Mondo. (He even had a short-lived spell as the guitar player in the veteran Australian punk band the Saints, playing on the 1997 reunion album Howling.) As a youngster in rural Sweden, Wieslander played in a variety of local bands before moving to Malmo, the epicenter of the Swedish pop scene, and forming Elevator Adam with his bass-playing brother Anders Wieslander, drummer Conny Stade, and keyboardist-guitarist Johan Weitner. The group released one album, Alcomoon, in 1995 on Payola, a Swedish subsidiary of German major BMG. The group splintered before a follow-up could be recorded, despite a small local hit single and some popularity as a touring attraction. After his brief stint in the revived Saints, Wieslander joined his friend Ola Frick´s bands the Moonbabies and Campo Mondo and began work on his first solo album, 2000’s Twin Piloda, also for Payola/BMG. A cassette-only release on the Italian indie Best Kept Secret, Crawlspace, followed in 2001. The American indie label Parasol, having found some success with releases by Swedish indie acts like Club 8 the Soundtrack of Our Lives and others, released Måns Wieslander‘s third album, Yet, in December 2002. He also played the bass on Ossler´s 2002 album Den Siste Som Kom Ut.

Måns joined Lotta Wenglen´s band in 2004 and features on 2007´s In the Core, 2011´s Thanks For Your Generous Donations and the single Hard Times (2013). 2010 saw the release of Brother Jona (Margit), a solo effort under the pseudonym Twin Piloda. It was followed by two e.p´s; Beautiful without me (2013) & Wire in the mud (2015), and a single, Survival Kit (2014). The documentary En Värld av Kalk (2012) featured music by Måns, and an Elevator Adam vinylsingle/box set, The Sense We Never Made (featuring 70 tracks) was released through The Almighty Kong in 2013.

2015 saw the release of solo albums Amateur Exorcist & Inflatable Chair & Other Worries, followed by Legendary Shortcuts vol. 1-4 in 2016; a vast compendium  of unreleased material from 1982-2015 consisting of approx. 200 songs. 2017´s minialbum Plays The Drums, 10 very short songs recorded and written in a week, and Legendary Shortcuts Vol.5 foreshadowed the release of Trunk Novel in 2018. The album features Wieslanders ode to weird fiction, Barron To Wehunt.

Two E.P.s and one album are on the way.

Stewart Mason (AllMusic) & Ingrid L. Dauwson (ZuHaddePop)