MAGGOT HEART is the brainchild of Swedish guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Linnéa Olsson (ex-GRAVE PLEASURES, ex-THE OATH). Completed by bassist Olivia Airey and drummer Uno Bruniusson (ex-IN SOLITUDE, ex-GRAVE PLEASURES and more), MAGGOT HEART has become a much talked about force in the rock scene with their extensive touring (alongside bands like EARTHLESS and VOIVOD), cross-over hard rock sound, and punk ethos.
Formed by expats in Berlin - MAGGOT HEART made a stir in the underground with the debut EP City Girls (Teratology Sound Vision, 2017). The first full-length album Dusk to Dusk (2018) earned the band a P3 Guld nomination in Sweden for “Best rock/metal album of the year”, and was the catalyst for an intense touring period that saw Linnea and her band on stages all over Europe and North America, including a headline run of Mexico and appearances at festivals such as Hoco Fest (Texas) and Roadburn (Netherlands).
Often collaborating with multi instrumentalist Gottfrid Ahman (ex-IN SOLITUDE) and award-winning producer Martin “Konie” Ehrencrona (VIAGRA BOYS, OBLITERATION etc), MAGGOT HEART is the world seen through the multi-destructional lense of Olsson’s songwriting - which reached new heights on the much celebrated second album Mercy Machine (2020).
Known for Olsson’s jarring, jangly to-the-point style of guitar playing and intense live presence, the band is also a testament to the possibility of independence in the music industry.
In 2020 she co-founded her own label Rapid Eye Records - a natural step for a musician who has proudly done things her way for well over a decade. The city as a throbbing organism is one of the fundamental themes of MAGGOT HEART. On Mercy Machine, the machinery of night runs on the steam of many bodies. Locked inside a prison of flesh the spirit will not soar, only in unity with the body can divine alchemy be achieved. It is a devastating album about sex, death and the pursuit of freedom. The band is often compared to such diverse acts as SONIC YOUTH, THE STOOGES, KILLING JOKE and VOIVOD, with earworm melodies and raw aggression.
In April 2021 the band was invited for an exclusive, filmed live set for the digital edition of the institution that is Roadburn Festival. Later in the year, they returned with three new songs on a split EP with the Norwegian band OKKULTOKRATI, and had two older songs featured in the Swedish crime drama series “Dough”.
Linnéa Olsson: Guitars and vocals Olivia Airey: Bass Uno Bruniusson: Drums
“Their latest hit of virulent, sexual and Voivodian post-punk carries more violence in its heart than almost any other record this year” DECIBEL