Band of the Week: Mando Diao

30 01 2008

I’m a total music junkie.  Give me an hour and I will spend 70% of it on last.fm, Stereogum, NME, random music blogs like the indie dancefloor & drooling over Andrew Kendall’s delicious concert photography. All those times I was dicking around on the comp when supposed to be working or studying… yea. checking out music.

I like to categorize my music by how it feels – there are certain artists that are perfect for just chilling out (José González, Jack Johnson), driving around (John Mayer, Redwalls), Lux nights in alone (Cat Power, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Charlotte Gainsbourg), or feeling depressed (Dashboard Confessional), getting ready for a night out (Fever Marlene, LA Soundsystem, Kanye West) or spoiling yourself with guilty pleasures (Phil Collins, Miley Cyrus, anything Disney).

So I’m gonna attempt to share with you a different artist each wk.  Eventually I’ll figure out how to post a song or two from the band for either downloading or listening. Let me know if you have any ideas.  Currently thinking of something like Radio.Blog.Club.


via Anthem Magazine

My current obsession is very much in tone with The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, etc.  Mando Diao is a Swedish band out of Borlänge.  I ran across them a while back on last.fm when their music video Long Before Rock ‘n’ Roll was getting lots of plays.  Their music ranges from the raw edge on Rock ‘n’ Roll to the poprock Wildfire. The huge variation in sound shows an amazing propensity to grow with their next album without falling into the rut so many popular bands do – where all their songs sound the same.  Mando Diao’s lyrics are catchy but smart.  Love the bits from Wildfire “She said I hate you ‘cause you breathe” and “There were sweet memories / In the corner of my mind / They were telling me to throw up / All the things that I want to hide.”

Unfortunately it looks like they’ll be won’t be touring stateside anytime soon. So will have to be contented with listening online.

Top Songs :  Down in the Past, Long Before Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Wildfire (If It Was True)

p.s. – totally adore the graphics on their webpage! The mix of bright & muted tones and the mixed media look is amazing.

The Wildfire (If It Was True)
Well there’s something in the way
She said I hate you ’cause you breathe
It’s not the first time that i heard it
But this one is out of reach
I got my mind set on destruction
And if it will strike me hard
Will you remember me

Oh it’s in the way you set your life
On your alarm and hit the snoozer
You waste your life expectancy
You throw away your hopes and dreams
The night will never end, it’ll stay forever
Well the dark will eat you up inside

So I smile and shed a tear
And said when will you go away
She said who cares you`re not
Entitled to ask those things today
Don’t let the salt get in your eye
Don’t let the ghost get in your heart
There were sweet memories
In the corner of my mind
They were telling me to throw up
All the things that I want to hide that

We’re having fun in the daytime
We’ll chase the stars in the nighttime
And we’ll take the sun in the morning
We just don’t care if they see us fall
If it was true

Well today I bought the paper by myself
And cried ’cause everyone was happy
And on the streets well they where dancing
To some kind of Puerto Rican music
That we would hate
But we would just move along to

So if you’re driving in your car
And hear this song on radio1
Well I know that it sounds silly
‘Cause you don`t have a car
But I just read it in a book
That these things happen in the fictive world

So I smile and shed a tear
And said when will you go away
She said who cares you’re not
Entitled to ask those things today
Don’t let the salt get in your eye
Don’t let the ghost get in your heart
There were sweet memories
In the corner of my mind
They were telling me to throw up
All the things that I want to hide that

We’re having fun in the daytime
We’ll chase the stars in the nighttime
And we’ll take the sun in the morning
We just don’t care if they see us fall
Just don’t care
Just don’t care at all
If it was true

Well there is something in the air
That makes it difficult to live
The way we lived back in the days
When we had all the time to kill
It’s just the wildfire burning
There’s no way to put it out
Just a wildfire spreading
Through my days and throug my nights
Don’t ask no questions
Don’t ever tell no lie
I’m so tired of explaining
Every minor detail of my life

We’re having fun in the daytime
We’ll chase the stars in the nighttime
And we’ll catch the sun in the morning
We just don’t care if they see us fall
We’re having fun in the daytime
We’ll chase the stars in the nighttime
And we’ll catch the sun in the morning
We just don’t care if they see us fall
Just don’t care
Just don’t care at all
If it was true

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2 responses

31 01 2008
James

Great idea… looking forward to reading/listening to more.

31 01 2008
James

p.s. I’m listening to Mando Diao as I type….

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