Singer, guitarist, and keyboard player, but maybe foremost a songwriter, Stry has touched
fame a number of times, but always bounced back into obscurity. This has made most of his
recordings extraordinarily hard to get ahold of, even the better-known albums he participated
in are often out of print, but it has also given his name a mythical touch. Stry is probably
mostly known as a member of punk pioneers Ebba Grön and later alternative rockers Imperiet,
but before that he had played in numerous local bands, some of them later acquiring cult
status, like Kriminella Gitarrer and Garbochock.
Stry grew up in a rural part of southern Sweden, not far from the unlikely musical breeding
ground Klippan, playing an important role in Swedish alternative music during the '70s.
Stry's first release was a single with the punk band Kriminella Gitarrer in 1978. The
band didn't get much attention at the time, which punk-wise belonged to Ebba Grön, but
has in retrospect been seen as forerunners of Swedish punk. Another single was released
the same year, but after that Stry quit the band to move to the city of Malmö, where he
formed Besökarna. This band proved just as short-lived, and the following year Stry
recorded singles and toured together with Blödarna and then Stry & Stripparna, until
Garbochock was formed in 1979. In 1980, the band and Stry's first LP, Ritual, was
released, still showing punk roots but also heavy influences of the Doors.
After a period of intensive touring with Garbochock, Stry was offered the opportunity
to join Ebba Grön. The band had been moving away from pure punk and was looking for a
keyboard player. Stry hadn't played keyboards in any of his former bands, but he
accepted the offer and moved to Stockholm. The following years were to become the
most successful in his career, but Stry never seemed at ease with being a big star.
He participated in Ebba Grön, released in 1982, but by that winter the band broke up.
Stry was also a member of the side project Rymdimperiet, consisting of most of Ebba
Grön's members, and stayed with the group when it developed into Imperiet. Their
debut album, Rasera, was released in 1983, and Stry also participated in a number
of shorter releases in 1984, before quitting the band and leaving Stockholm. Back
in the south of Sweden, he formed Babylon Blues together with Binkie Liljegren,
who had also been a member of Garbochock. They released two albums and a number
of singles during the '80s, showing more rock & roll and roots rock than punk influences.
In 1991, Stry finally released his first solo album, Plastålekrik. The lyrics
still hinted at his punk past but the music was something that has been described
as psychedelic pop. While writing numerous songs during the '90s, Stry was not very active
in putting them on record, and it took five years until his next solo album, Hale Bopp,
was released. The same year, he released an album with the short-lived group Wildsmoke,
which got a lukewarm response.
In 2002/2003, Stry had started working on his second solo album in swedish, 15års Själ.
13 tracks, amongst them re-recordings of
songs from Kriminella Gitarrer, Stry & Stripparna, Besökarna and Babylon Blues along with
never before released material.
Although he did get offers to release his new production at record companies, Stry decided
to release this album by himself in early 2003 to sell at his homepage.
In early 2004, Stry made his first ever accoustic solo apperance at Pusterviksbaren in
Only a month later, he released an accoustic album, See You Vid Poltava.
Peter "Tiggis" Jonsson