Influenced by 1950s American rock & roll as well as 1970s British pub rock, the Refreshments are a Swedish rock band with a hard-working reputation and an impressive string of Top Ten albums in their homeland.
Founded in 1989 in Gävle, Sweden, the band is comprised of Joakim Arnell (bass, vocals), Micke Finell (sax, vocals, guitar), Mats Forsberg (drums), Robin Olsson (guitar, vocals), and Johan Blohm
(piano, vocals); former members include Tord Eriksson (guitar), Niklas Aspholm (drums), and pub rock legend Billy Bremner
(guitar) of Rockpile
fame. Impressed by what he'd heard from the then-unknown band from the modest-sized coastal city of Gävle, Bremner
made arrangements to produce their full-length album debut, Both Rock 'n' Roll (1995), and also produced their follow-up, Trouble Boys (1997), on which he played guitar in the place of original guitarist Tord Eriksson. Bremner
subsequently invited his former Rockpile
colleague Dave Edmunds
to join the Refreshments for a tour and also A Pile of Rock (1997), a live album from the tour; billed to "Dave Edmunds
& the Refreshments," the album was recorded live at an intimate club show in Gävle. Bremner
played guitar with the Refreshments one last time on the band's third album, Are You Ready (1999), which was their most successful to date; not only was it their first to break into the Swedish albums chart, but it also featured their first hit single, "Miss You Miss Belinda."