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Origin Saltsjöbaden, Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Alternative rock, Indie rock
Labels Rekord Music, V2 Music Scandinavia, V2 Music, Control Group
John Engelbert
Oskar "Ossi" Bonde

Johnossi is a rock duo from Saltsjöbaden, Stockholm, Sweden, consisting of songwriter, singer, guitarist John Engelbert and drummer, percussionist, singer Oskar "Ossi" Bonde. Their music is characterized by a full guitar sound supported by Engelbert's unorthodox guitar rig and myriad effects pedals, and Bonde's straightforward beats; studio releases often feature colorful percussion accents on instruments such as tambourine, woodblock, guiro, and chimes. A variety of musical styles appear in their work, from hard rock, to blues riffs, post-punk, and even gloom-pop, though lyrical themes are almost uniformly personal and slightly angsty.[1]


Engelbert and Bonde first met when they were 12 and 15 years old, respectively, and started playing together as a duo in 2004. They recorded their first album after only five months as a band, and with only three live shows to their credit. Their self-titled first album was released in January 2005 by a small Swedish indie label; it was rereleased in September 2006 by V2 Music with an additional three tracks.

Their second album, All They Ever Wanted, had its Scandinavian and Western European release in April 2008, followed by a Japanese release in 2009.

Johnossi has toured extensively in Sweden and Western Europe, both alone and with other Swedish bands such as The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Mando Diao and Sibling Sense. They also toured the US in 2007 with Shout Out Louds. In 2009, they made their first appearances in Japan, supporting The Hives.

Media reference

  • A cover version of "Santa Monica Bay" was used in a commercial for the Scandinavian teen clothing chain "J-Store".
  • "Bobby" appears in the film Four Dimensions.
  • "Execution Song" appears in the 2008 German film The Wave ("Die Welle").
  • "Execution Song" appears on the video game NHL 09.




  • 2006 Johnossi , Rekord Musik
  • 2006 Johnossi , V2 Music Scandinavia
  • 2007 Johnossi , Control Group
  • 2008 All They Ever Wanted, Universal UK
  • 2010 Mavericks , Universal UK


  • 2006 Execution Song (EP), V2 Music Scandinavia


  1. Greene, Jo-Ann. Johnossi Review. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2008-07-30.

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