Guilt Trip was formed from the band Chirurgie Esthetique in the early 2000’s.The core of the band has always been K.Lindberg and M.Nilsson. Their history dates back to the late 80’s when they started a collaboration after having worked with electronic music individually. Finding a common interest in the heavier and darker side of the electronic scene of that era.
In the late 1990’s the two had moved to the Swedish capitol and there began what to them is known as the brap-sessions. These sessions led the band to discover new horizons and a new attitude towards music- making and sound engineering, having always been somewhat anarchic it now turned towards controlled chaos.The band also saw a shift in politics, from introvert soul searching to the thought of music as activism, the musician as shaman, liberator and accuser. As the music turned harsher and more direct so too did the lyrics. Categorically refusing categorisation they hold and define a category all of their own.
Members: M.Nilsson (Vocals & Lyrics, Songwriting), K.Lindberg (Keys, Noises, Songwriting), J.Bergman (Live Riffs, Electric Guitar, Riff-Guru), H.Åkerman (Live Keys & Noise), D.Hrynczenko (Live Noise).
Musically situated in the in between. Yet there is a recognisable heritage ranging from pop, rock, industrial as well as metal. The band has reached a point in its own evolution where they've found a sound of their own without even having the need to attempt copying the sound and feel of any other band.
Influences and inspirational sources are Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, Marilyn Manson, Tool, Ministry, Clawfinger, Man Machine Industry, Curve, KMFDM, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Rage Against The Machine, Front 242, Frontline Assembly, Click Click, Borghesia, a;Grumh, Portion Control, Klinik, Insekt, Coil, The Legendary Pink Dots, Einstürzende Neubauten, the Prodigy, Ohgr, Bel Canto, Biosphere, Leætherstrip, New Order, the Chemical Brothers, The Cure, Can, Kraftwerk just to mention a few.
The Discography consists of a handfull demos and a limited physical release of the album "Branded" towards the end of 2009. Half a year later, in may 2010, Branded was finally released digitally and can be found through most retailchannels. Tracks from Branded have been aired on radio as well as played in front of club audiences. Yet another production, this time 100% electronics is waiting to be released during 2011/12 and plans are to release a 10" Vinyl EP in 2012.
On the silverscreen Guilt Trip can be found in the filmmaker and director Jonas Wolchers film "Dragonetti - the Ruthless Contract Killer" where the movie features two tracks from the album "Branded" as well as some atmospheric sounds from a third track have been used in the movie.
On Stage the bands live performances have always been received as being powerful and energetic, always searching for new ways to enhance the experience in limited ways the band is always a welcome sight amongst audiences.
Guilt Trip have amongst others done gigs with:
8kHz Mono, The Pain Machinery, Run Level Zero, Stockholm Wrecking Crew, And One, Dance or Die, OOMPH!, Elegant Machinery, Scene of Ritual, Coded Menthol, Awful Death, Opponent Teuton, Shock Trauma, Daily Planet, Nuclear 45, Terra Zone, Morlocks, Political Assasination, Embrocation.
Reviewers have described Guilt Trip like this:
"Branded sounds now and than like a merciless bulldozer coming to get you"
- ED, Side-Line Music Magazine (Mar 24, 2010)
"jag hör ett Guilt Trip som kör upp jämsides med mina bästa Manson-upplevelser"
- Gustaf Hull, Synth.nu (Feb 09, 2010)
"Imagine a cross of Marilyn Manson, Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails"
- Atle Marcussen, Prospective Soundmagazine
"dags att visa upp en av Stockholms finest"
- Petter Jahnstedt, Zero Music Magazine (Mar 04, 2005)
"Alla som nånsin gillat Skinny Puppy kommer älska det här!"
- Volga, Skelett (May 30, 2006)
"väldigt, väldigt lovande live-band", "Jag ser mycket fram emot att se dem live"
- Pfeizer, Broink! (Oct 04, 2009)