Mando Diao

Mando Diao

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One of Europes biggest and best live band. Indie rockers from Borlänge that have mixed in beats and a bit of disco in their latest Gold and platinum selling release Give Me Fire. Their hit Dance With somebody have sold platinum and topped the charts this year all over Europe.

Biography

Mando Diao
May 2009

Vladimir ‘Dr. Steel Hammer’ Klitschko is a man's man. A whopping great chunk of sinister protein, steely sinew, and targeted aggression, even his name has a gristle-like quality to its phonics that makes you think of pulverisation, something that Klitschko regularly enjoys doing as part of his job as the WBO World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

What sort of music would such a man want to lead him into the ring? What captures the spirit of Roman amphitheatre, of flying spit guards and glass jaws, the hype and hustle of a world title defence (given that 'Eye Of The Tiger' is probably out)? Well, Swedish garage rock, it transpires...

“He wants us to play before his next fight in Germany,” reveals Björn Dixgård, one of Mando Diao's two singer-guitarist-songwriter-frontmen. “Directly before he comes into the ring, it turns out he's a fan,” Gustaf Norén, Björn's other half, supplies.

The World Heavy Weight Boxing Champion is an apt ambassador for Mando Diao. Over the course of 5 albums, Mando Diao have punched their way from obscurity in the remote Swedish town of Borlänge (“two ugly factories and a load of empty space”) to world beaters. They’ve gone gold in Japan, Germany and Sweden; headlined Germany’s biggest rock festival Rock Am Ring to 100,000 people; played gigs everywhere from Beijing to the Late Night Show with Conan O’Brien in New York. All the energy and ecstasy firing out of a hard working class town in Southern Sweden, a place as obscure as Liverpool was to Beatles fans.

The song that Klitschko specifically asked for – 'Gloria' – is the spiritual pivot of Mando Diao's new record, Give Me Fire. It was the first track they recorded, and one that captures best the album's heroically cinematic feel with its big-throated, Stax-horny Jackie Brown seventies soul colourings – a song that's crossing 110th Street.

“We wanted to make it quite cinematic” Björn contends. “We always try and think of it as music for a film. I wouldn't say it's a concept album, but it has that feel about it.” Inspired by the cinemascapes of Tarantino, Moroder, and Morricone, they built a fantasy soundtrack to an unmade movie. (“There's a bit of death, a bit of sex, some daylife, some nightlife, a bit of everything really.”) As a film, it's a rip-roaring-rollercoaster-ride, veering wildly from the breakneck scuzz-fuzz garage of opener 'Blue Lining, White Trenchcoat', to the coquettish walkdown bassline of 'High Heels', to the string-drenched seraphic hymn 'Crystal'. At its core, their fifth release is an album about elevation; about peak experience – there's a strong vein of the narcotic here, whatever narcosis may mean to you...

Gustaf: “The title is a Swedish slang phrase. 'Eld' is 'fire', as in the kick you get out of drugs or alcohol – it translates as 'I want some spark in my life'. That track is about a friend of ours who was hooked on drugs. We decided to take his side of the argument on drugs – we looked at it from the perspective that this is an urge that everyone in the world has. Whether it's cigarettes or coffee or exercise or ecstasy, everyone in the world wants to get high off of something. That bled through into the whole album.”

Even at its lowest ebbs, it runs on a spirit of casual defiance, of living day-today, and the taking simple hedonisms where you find them. “For instance, 'Crystal' is a funeral song we wrote for a friend of ours who passed away,” Gustaf explains, “When we started out doing it, it was sad, like saying goodbye to life. But it turned out to be an inspiring song you can dance to. That feeling is all through the album. To me it's an uplifting album. 'Give Me Fire' isn't down on drug addiction. It's more like just to see the next day in. Leave your troubles behind.”

The apex of this fever comes with 'Dance With Somebody' – their rubberized disco-garage ode to that other great opiate of the masses: cutting a rug on a Saturday night, written for a friend who works nightshift at a factory in their home town.

Gustaf: “In Sweden in the seventies, there was a big political movement in music. It was very progressive, very socialist. Naturally, Abba were the most hated band of all. But obviously, the working classes weren't listening to all this political punk... They just wanted to dance to Abba. They didn't want to argue in the music. So it's not an intellectual song in that way. It doesn't talk to your brain, it talks to your guts. ”

But curiously, it was an attempt to unify both the refuseniks and the pure pop factions that inspired Give Me Fire's grungy melodicism. “I always liked the way the way that Oasis took a bit of the Beatles and a bit of The Sex Pistols,” Gustaf considers, “And fused them to make their own music – merging melody with chaos. We always wanted to do a Swedish version of that.” So, into their unlikely blender they threw equal inspiration from both Abba and Refused – the Swedish fathers of straight-edge hard

Lyrics

Dance With Somebody

Written By: Dixgård/Norén

Break your happy home,
learn to sing along to the music, to the music
Clap your hands and shake
on a summer's day to the music to the music

I'm falling in love with your favourite song
I'm gonna sing it all night long
I'm gonna dance with somebody
dance with somebody
dance dance dance

I'm falling in love with your favourite song
I'm gonna sing it all night long
I'm gonna dance with somebody
dance with somebody
dance dance dance
I'm gonna dance with somebody

When you're all alone
we become your home we're the music we're the music
When your love's away
and you feel betrayed we're the music, sweet music

I'm falling in love with your favourite song
I'm gonna sing it all night long
I'm gonna dance with somebody
dance with somebody
dance dance dance

I'm falling in love with your favourite song
I'm gonna sing it all night long
I'm gonna dance with somebody
dance with somebody
dance dance dance

High Heels

Written By: Dixgård/Norén

ohh you got me shaking
to that moan you made last night
ohh my body's aching
from that naked summer light

oh my mind's setting you on
it's just a game we play

high heels have got me falling down on my knees

ohh the button's pushed
and I am ready for the purple fall
ohh  i'm all addicted
to the sound of a certain call

oh my mind's melting you
oh I'm coming all the way

high heels have got me falling down on my knees

so so long ago since felt shivers down my spine
you I need your sweat as much as you need mine

oh my mind is melting you

I'm coming all the way!

high heels have got me falling down on my knees

Gloria

Written By: Dixgård/Norén

Well now, she don't need to see the sun ahead
don't need that help from god above
If you're losing her don't be sad
cause she will offer you heart attacks

She's tired of problems that you caused her mind
Tired of all those lies in your freak show
Tired of being alone at night
being the lowest cat on earth

So Gloria steps out from the prison
Gloria's no longer the wasted disco girl
you've been dreaming about
Gloria alone now forever Gloria away in the air now
Gloria she's no longer your slave

It's time for you to see yourself
all the misery you brought up
Gloria's one day ahead
watching you from the heaven's gate

She's tired of problems that you caused her mind
Tired of all those lies in your freak show
Tired of being alone at night
being the lowest cat on earth

So Gloria steps out of the prison
Gloria's no longer the wasted disco girl
you've been dreaming about
Gloria alone now forever Gloria away in the air now
Gloria she's no longer your slave

Gloria alone now forever Gloria away in the air now
Gloria she´s no longer your slave

No, not anymore

Gloria steps out of the prison
Gloria's no longer the wasted disco girl
you've been dreaming about
Gloria alone now forever Gloria away in the air now
Gloria she´s no longer your slave

Mean street

Written By: Dixgård/Norén

Let me take you for a ride
far away from the upper side
we're going down to the mean street

Johnny's got a brand new 38
he thinks it's gonna cure his hate
Ah it's all done in the mean street

It's the state of grace

and It's all done in the mean street

Take my hand and close your pretty eyes
cus it's gonna hurt so much when summer hits
New york sky
oh no, it's all done in the mean street

God I love this stormy cloud
Where all nasty girls they like it loud
It's all good in the mean streets

Diane had her grand debut here
Michael couldn't even tell if it was pleasure or fear
It's all done in the mean street

and It's my little state of grace

It goes down in the mean street

Take my hand and close your pretty eyes
cus it's gonna hurt so much when summer hits
New york sky
oh no, it's all done in the mean street

The heights, the sights, the green, the scarred
the easy way of doing everything hard, the fashion
Oh I hate that street with... passion

Take my hand and close your pretty eyes
cus it's gonna hurt so much when summer hits
New york sky
oh no, it's all done in the mean street
it's all done in the mean street
it's all done in the mean street

Discography

Albums
Give Me Fire (2009)
Never Seen The Light Of Day (2007)
Ode To Ochrasy (2006)
Hurricane Bar (2004)
Bring 'em In (2002)

Singles/EP's

Mean Street (2009)
Gloria (2009)
Dance With Somebody (2009)
Train On Fire (2007)
Never Seen The Light Of Day (2007)
If I Don't Live Today, Then I Might Be Here Tomorrow (2007)
Ochrasy (2006)
Wildfire (2006)
TV & Me (2006
Long Before Rock ´n` Roll (2006)
You Can't Steal My Love (2004)
Down In The Past (2005)
God Knows (2004)
Paralyzed (2004)
Sheepdog (2003)
The Band (2002)
Mr Moon (2002)
Motown Blood (2002)

Set List

Depending on what kind of show's we do our setlist and lenght varies. But a typical head line show is btw 70 and 100 minutes.

Don't do that many covers but happens on ocation. Have done Abbas Dancing Queen. One or two Beatles songs and a few others.

Typical set list would be:
Blue Lining, White Trenchcoat
God Knows
Lady
You've Got Nothing On Me
TV & Me
Burning Up
Chi-Ga
You Can't Steal My Love
The New Boy
All My Senses
Gold
Never Seen The Light Of Day
A Decent Life
Give Me Fire
Down In The Past
High Heels
Gloria
Mean Street
Long Before Rock n' Roll
Sheepdog
Dance With Somebody
Go Out Tonight