Mando Diao first came together in 1995 in Borlange, Sweden. Talking about his hometown, Gustaf Noren (singer, songwriter, and guitarist) says, "Our town is dangerous and cold. It has the highest drug and murder rate of anyplace in Sweden. You had to be bad if you didn't want to get hit by some gang of fools in school. And if you could survive all that, then life became boring as well as dangerous." Gustaf's answer to this connundrum, gather up some of his friends and form a band.
Since then, they've released several albums and a handful of EPs. Their latest, Ode to Ochrasy, will be available April 24th. Below are a few tracks to give you a taste of the flavor of their high octane, Franz Ferdinand feel, crank it up loud type of rock and roll. Don't feel like waiting or paying $25 for the import, pick up their teaser EP Long Before Rock N Roll, available now.
Mando Diao - Welcome Home, Luc Robitaille : Ode to Ochrasy
Mando Diao - Tony Zoulias (Lustful Life) : Ode to Ochrasy
Mando Diao - Cinderella : Long Before Rock N Roll