Mando Diao – Sheepdog / Sweet Ride

Release Date: 6th September 2004

Format: 7″ only
Label: Majesty / Labels

“It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.”

    — Some Famous Guy

Their hometown sucks. They hate it there. There’s nothing to look at but two ugly factories and a bunch of empty space. Growing up there meant that you only got beat up once on a good day.

Yet never did the members of MANDO DIAO doubt that better times lay ahead — because they knew they were already the best fuckin’ band in the world.

Buy the Sheepdog EP on import

You almost get the feeling the guys in MANDO DIAO would run you over if that’s what the music tells them to do.

Listening to sheepdog, their debut UK 7″, and it’s flipside sweet ride, you get the sense that wouldn’t be such a stretch. Recorded in a basement on garage-sale gear, these are two raw, driven tracks, in which tight hooks and clear melodies get bent and battered to the breaking point. The two guitarists trade vocals, each one able to caress a tune, both sounding like they can’t wait to get past the slow stuff and explode into throat-shredding intensity. The drums whip up hurricane rhythms, the bass cuts like a cable snapping under pressure. Taken from the band’s Swedish debut album bring ’em in, which has now been acclaimed pretty much throughout the world, these tracks have been likened to a collision of Beatles and Sex Pistols, though we also sense the Davies brothers, Lou Reed, and even a little Howlin’ Wolf or two among the onlookers. They are currently working on new material, an album and world domination.

And all of this anger and ecstasy comes to us from somewhere in the middle of Sweden…

MANDO DIAO are coming to the UK. DO NOT MISS!!!

Book tickets through

August 24th London, Camden Barfly @ Monarch, NW1 (HEADLINE SHOW)

They return later in the year to blow your minds

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