Monday, August 28, 2006

Mando Diao

Mando Diao are a garage rock band from Borlänge, Sweden. According to the band, the name Mando Diao has no meaning at all, but rather appeared to band member Björn Dixgård in a dream.

The roots of Mando Diao date back to 1995 when Björn Dixgård was a member of a band called Butler. Band members came and went and four years later the rest of the current line-up decided to take that project more seriously. Björn Dixgård and Gustaf Norén locked themselves up in a summer house and spent six months writing songs. The now-renamed band made their first public performances in the clubs of their hometown Borlänge in 1999. A local writer described them in an article as the best unsigned band he had ever seen. This was soon followed by a record deal with EMI Sweden. In 2002 their first album Bring 'Em In was released in Sweden. It contains early demo versions of their songs, partly recorded in the basement of keyboardist Daniel Haglund who left the band later in 2003. In 2003 the album was released internationally, along with their debut single "Sheepdog." As of 2004, the band is hailed enthusiastically by the music press as one of the most sanguine newcomer bands of the year. The album Hurricane Bar was released in 2005.

The band supported The Bravery on their most recent tour in 2005, along with Los Angeles band The Colour. Their song "Down in the Past" was featured on the game NHL 2006 by EA Sports. The song "God Knows" was featured on FIFA 06 by EA Sports.

The Mando Diao is releasing their third album named "Ode To Ochrasy". The official release date is set for August, 28 (today). The first single from the album is called "Long Before Rock'n'Roll" and the video for it can be streamed at band's official page.

Mando Diao - Long Before Rock'n'Roll
Mando Diao - Sheepdog

Crowbar - Lifesblood For The Downtrodden
James Mercer (The Shins) - Live Acoustic Set 10-10-2004


Anonymous young-jay said...

Finally something about Mando Diao! Why did u ignore them all the time? They are the biggest Rock Group in Europe!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Ziggy said...

I agree completely they are an excellent band (one of my favorites), but it's not complete true that I ignored them. At least, I had them as a download option before (March 2005, June 2005), but I never had a dedicated post until now. I promise to have them more in the future!

11:49 PM  
Anonymous young-jay said...

Oh I didn't know that! Sorry! ^^
But thx again! U should also hav something about Sugarplum Fairy. Thats the band of the two younger brothers of one of the Mando Diao Lead-Singers. They have a very similar sound. Unfortunately I didn't find any of their albums on the net. The 2 Albums are called "Young & Armed" and "First Round, First Minute". And like Mando Diao they ar very cocky ^^. They say that they are the modern day Beatles.

Would be great if u could find anything by them.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hello Ziggy!

I'm Katrine from Flagstone in Gothenburg and I work with Mando Diao. NIce to see this post! I would love to send you a few of their albums. Give me a shout at


7:15 PM  

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