Honing in on a sound that unites pop, mod, soul, R&B, and Brit-pop elements, Sweden’s Mando Diao
brought a slice of European cool stateside for one of this past spring's most exciting tours. For our fourth installment of the Green Room
, Baeble’s cameras went back stage, onstage, and out in the crowd to catch every glimpse of the band’s performance at The Bowery Ballroom
Check out this 30-minute show for the backstage interviews with Baeble’s Allison Hagendorf
, the sound check mechanics, the onstage performance, and everything in between.
Mixing garage rock sneer and Brit-pop sass -- along with a truckload of other influences -- Borlange, Sweden's Mando Diao began when its members were all still in their teens. The band's germination dates back to 1995, when singer/songwriter/keyboardist Daniel Häglund and singer/songwriter/guitarist Björn Dixgärd were in a band called Butler. Even after that group broke up, the pair continued playing and writing together, eventually bringing bassist Fredrik Nilsson, guitarist Gustaf Noren, and drummer Anton Grahnstrom into their fold; Nilsson and Grahnstrom were replaced by Carl Johan Fogelklou and Samuel Giers. By 1999, they were known as Mando Diao. The group continued to hone their sound, blending pop, mod, soul, R&B, and Brit-pop elements into a style that was quirky yet timeless. In 2002 they released their first E.P., Motown Blood, through the Majesty and Capitol imprints; the acclaim for the E.P., and the similarities in their sound to the Strokes and the Hives, raised Mando Diao's profile considerably, and the band went on tours of Sweden with the Hellacopters and Kent. Later that year the band released the singles "Mr. Moon" and "The Band", both of which stoked anticipation for their full-length debut album, Bring 'Em In. In 2005, the band returned with Hurricane Bar; a follow-up record that landed in a musically similar place. Courting Ode to Ochrasy, the band’s latest release is a documentation of 18 months on the road in support of Hurricane Bar.