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The Radio Dept. - Band HistoryThe Radio Dept. began in 1995 in Lund, Sweden. The band mainly made music locally in their early years and did not gain much buzz until 2001, when they submitted some songs to Sonic magazine, which featured them on a CD sampler. The sampler caught the attention of Labrador Records, which signed the band. In 2003, the band released their first album Lesser Matters, which peaked at number 31 on Swedish charts. During this time, they began to gain popularity, as well as attention from critics. Case in point: Lesser Matters placed number 9 on U.K. music magazine NME's 50 Best Albums of 2004 (the album was released later in the U.K.). In 2006, they released Pet Grief, peaking at number 12 on Swedish charts. Perhaps the best indication of their climbing popularity, however, is Clinging to a Scheme (2010), which not only peaked at number 11 on Swedish charts, but also hit number 20 on U.S. charts. It also received an 8.3 rating and was dubbed a Best New Music release from renowned indie webzine Pitchfork, helping increase their popularity among indie music fans exponentially.
The Radio Dept. - The MusicThe Radio Dept.'s music can be described as pop melodies layered over wispy, electronic atmospheres. The band has been compared to the likes of The Strokes, Deerhunter and Stereolab, among others. However, while these bands frequently focus on using traditional instruments, it is not hard to pick out the use of synthesizers and drum machines, among other instruments in The Radio Dept.'s music. The band also uses audio clips from movies and other shows to give their music a more cinematic feel. Make sure to get your The Radio Dept. tickets to experience the Swedish prodigy group live.
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