When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 May 2011
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE
We’re delighted to be welcoming one of our favourite bands of the past five years to Manchester!
The Radio Dept. were one of the more successful shoegaze-influenced 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.
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 & the Trojan Horse, was released. Another single, David, was released the following summer, and in spring 2010 latest album Clinging to a Scheme was released. It was one of the top-rated albums of last year, with Pitchfork awarding it 8.3/10.
We’re proud to announce that the Answering Machine will support. Regular headliners in their own right, the band were originally a three-piece with percussion provided by Mustafa Beat, their drum machine. A real-life drummer has since been drafted in and the band’s second album, Lifeline, has just been released on Heist or Hit. The quartet regularly draw comparisons to the Strokes, Phoenix, Bloc Party and the Wedding Present.
We’re also pleased that Pull Yourself Together, two of our favourite Manchester DJs, will be providing the music between band.