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The Radio Dept.

The Radio Dept. were one of the more successful shoegaze-influenced indie rock bands to come out of Sweden in the early 2000s, making waves among indie aficionados on the strength of their critically acclaimed first release, Lesser Matters. Elin Almered and Johan Duncanson formed a prototypical version of the group in Lund, Sweden, in 1995 while they were in high school, naming the group after a gas station called Radioavdelningen. Almered and Duncanson disbanded almost as soon as they'd found a name, but Duncanson revived the group three years later, teaming up with Martin Larsson. Bassist Lisa Carlberg, drummer Per Blomgren, and keyboardist Daniel Tjader rounded out the lineup in 2001, and things took off for the group at that point. They sent a demo to Sonic magazine, which went on to feature the band on a CD sampler. Swedish indie giant Labrador caught wind of the demo via the sampler and snapped the band up; the group's debut full-length, Lesser Matters, arrived two years later, during which time Blomgren amicably split with the group. That album and the band's second release on Labrador, 2005's Pulling Our Weight EP, received widespread attention with the release of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, which featured "Keen on Boys," "Pulling Our Weight," and "I Don't Like It Like This."

Carlberg left the group soon after Pulling Our Weight was released, and the group refrained from hiring another bassist, opting instead for the use of a drum machine on its next album. That release, 2006's Pet Grief, found Duncanson and Larsson turning away from the guitar-driven aspects of their first full-length and delving into synth pop in the spirit of the Pet Shop Boys. Due to various factors, including the fact that the band didn't tour heavily in support of the album, Pet Grief failed to sell as well as its predecessor and received little attention from the mainstream music press. The Radio Dept. took their time recording material for their next album, and it wasn't until summer of 2008 that a new single, Freddie and the Trojan Horse, was released. More delays led to nothing further surfacing until the next summer, when the single David was released. The album that had been rumored to be finished in late 2008, Clinging to a Scheme, finally saw the light of day in April of 2010. ~ Margaret Reges & Tim Sendra, Rovi
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priscilabelo c h
I can listen The Radio Dept for hours on end nonstop. Favorite band ever.
I hear a lot of the Cure influence. Like it
the reference to the Cure was in the guitar and just that... all that aside, I like it!
This Band Has Changed My LIFE !!!! The Sound Is Like Heaven and It makes me ever so grateful to have seen them twice in LA :) gotta love living in LA.
Love Radio Dept
Shoegaze influenced ? WTF is that ? They are depressing and morose
God I luv this Group And Hope One day I might ba bale too see them Live I Live in Delaware
scribe_100
Shoegaze meets a Manchester heavy sound. More like stone roses.
Great music!
Please don't feed the ducks
Where in the f**k this sounds like a characterist i c bit of The Cure?
It is a good one right here! Okay?!
@gillinghams t e r agreed. They're hardly even comparable.. . .
Oh boy... this band took me strait back to the 80's... great music.
chewnimw
Like it, but it's because I like the Cure. I wonder if the Cure is getting any royalties from them...
I must say that I have been in the market for a new band that would tickle my fancy in the way that only a couple of my favorites over the years would. with the radio dept, Ive found that and then some. Two words: musical genius
nice
I've been listening to The Radio Dept. since 2005, and they influence me to write, help me fall asleep, and are a great companion on a rainy drive.
I got Passive Aggressive.
kazwhomp
Holy crap it's The Dream Academy. Cure? no. Dream Academy? Si, as they say at Taco Bell.
a great band that barely anyone knows about in the US. sad. their music is so good!
oldrinb
favorite band for a while now
avawalter3
I like this artist...
J harral...tha t is the most uneducated music statement I have heard in a long time.
not really like "the cure" at all, but still great.
amazing
Rip off of "The Cure".
rev.johnmark k
Try: The Maryonettes and Mojave 3/ Slowdive
Wooh, new band to add to my shoegaze station!
jmoneymiff
I concur!
sharpless
I agree with Javier, this bands music blends smoothly with a nervous system that is prone to melancholy, smoothing its edges into something beautiful without encouraging despair.
Great mix of New Order-ish pop and shoegaze haze. I was a teenager in the 90's, but have a fondness for music inspired by the 80's. These guys and M83 satisfy my 80's lust.
This music can be played on repeat on a long road trip under falling rain, in the dark on the way to the beach or on a sad winters night and you will never notice that it has played for what has seemed years. A lovely unlocking of the code of music.
These guys.... are great. The best?

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