Bonafide Biography

Bonafide is a Swedish hard rock band, formed by singer/guitarist Pontus Snibb in Malmö in 2006. Releasing their eponymous debut album the following year and playing two shows at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2008, as well as opening for bands like Deep Purple, Quireboys and Status Quo, quickly brought them a nationwide audience. Their most well-known song, Fill Your Head With Rock, was written for the aforementioned festival, and has since been named as one of 2011's best songs by Classic Rock Magazine.

Pontus Snibb had played blues and rock for several years, touring and made records with bands such as Mescaleros, SNiBB, Buckaroos, playing with Swedish folk rock artist Mikael Wiehe and as the drummer for American country-punk band Jason & the Scorchers, when he decided to go in a classic hard rock direction with his next project.

The album Bonafide was recorded in his home studio together with bass player Micke Nilsson (Brickhouse, Mats Ronander), and caught the interest of former Sweden Rock Festival and Sweden Rock Records head Michael Ivarsson. After the addition of guitarist Mikael Fässberg (from original Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno's touring band) and drummer Sticky Bomb (real name Per-Åke Holmberg, from Kriminella Gitarrer, Wilmer X and Torsson), a revised version with a few new songs was released in October 2007.

Bonafide was featured in four consecutive issues of Classic Rock Magazine in the fall of 2011, gaining UK airplay for Fill Your Head With Rock, which became the editor's choice for one of the best songs of the year, and the band's performances at the Hard Rock Hell festival became their UK breakthrough, being introduced on stage by designer, radio show host and dj, Steve 'Krusher' Joule.

Original bass player Micke Nilsson quit the band in the fall of 2011 and was replaced by Martin Ekelund (from Waterdog), who will make his recording debut during 2012 on the forthcoming, third full-length album Ultimate Rebel, recorded during February at Gig Studios in Stockholm with engineer Conny Wall (Electric Boys, Ane Brun, Imperial State Electric).

In February 2012, Snibb also released the Loud Feathers album with his new project Pontus Snibb 3, which also features drummer Niklas and bass player Mats Rydström (from Backdraft and Raging Slab).
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