Highrider started out in early 2013. Andreas (bass, formerly of hardcore/punks Fredag den 13:e) and Carl-Axel (drums, Din Skevf) wanted to start up a band that played aggressive hardcore metal but with the classic 70´s setup of Rainbow and Deep Purple, featuring the organ and synthesizer. Thematically, inspiration came from sources outside of music. Mainly the sci fi movies of the eighties and of John Carpenter in particularly. Another eighties phenomenon that was crucial inspiration was the imminent death threat to all of civilisation known as the Cold War.