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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. The Radio Dept. quickly followed up later that year with a single, "The New Improved Hypocrisy," that showed their unvarnished political leanings. Their next release was Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002–2010 in January of 2011. The collection compiled all the single A-sides and many of the B-sides, plus a few rarities. Also that year, the group was nominated for Band of the Year and Clinging to a Scheme was a finalist for Album of the Year at the Swedish Grammis. Though they didn't win, it spoke to the high regard the Radio Dept. had achieved in their home country. Later, they set out on a lengthy tour of North America, Latin America, and Asia. It was their last activity for a few years as their next single, "Death to Fascism," didn't come out until 2014. During that time they became disillusioned with the contract they had with Labrador Records and their publishers, which led to the band suing both. The album they had begun working on, a return to a shoegazey sound, was stalled in the process. Eventually, the band (now down to the duo of Duncanson and Larsson) lost its suit and began working on a new, more dance music-based album. First, they released two singles during 2015 ("Occupied" and "This Repeated Sodomy") and played at Coachella. As part of the lawsuit's settlement, the duo owed Labrador one more album, and they delivered the politically charged Running Out of Love in late 2016. ~ Margaret Reges & Tim Sendra
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Stations Featuring
The Radio Dept.

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    1 song

    Electronic Chill

    Electronic Chill
    2 songs

    Indietronica

    Indietronica
    1 song

    Relax Trax

    Relax Trax
    2 songs

Albums by
The Radio Dept.

Top Songs by
The Radio Dept.

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Heaven's on Fire
  3.   Domestic Scene
  4.   Keen on Boys
  5.   David
  6.   Occupied
  7.   Never Swallow Fruit
  8.   On Your Side
  9.   Messy Enough
  10.   The Idle Urban Contemporaries
  11.   Freddie and the Trojan Horse
  12.   The One
  13.   The Worst Taste in Music
  14.   Pulling Our Weight
  15.   Slottet
  16.   Teach Me to Forget
  17.   Tåget
  18.   Ewan
  19.   You Stopped Making Sense
  20.   The Room, Tarzana
  21.   Thieves of State
  22.   Strange Things Will Happen
  23.   We Made the Team
  24.   Peace of Mind
  25.   It's Been Eight Years
  26.   Running Out of Love
  27.   Always A Relief
  28.   I Wanted You To Feel The Same
  29.   Against the Tide
  30.   Pet Grief
  31.   This Thing Was Bound to Happen
  32.   Your Father
  33.   We Would Fall Against the Tide
  34.   Värnhem
  35.   This Past Week
  36.   The New Improved Hypocrisy
  37.   Window
  38.   Bus
  39.   Why Won't You Talk About It?
  40.   Where Damage Isn't Already Done
  41.   We Got Game
  42.   It's Personal
  43.   You and Me Then?
  44.   Deliverance
  45.   Let Me Have This
  46.   Memory Loss
  47.   Liebling
  48.   I Don't Like It Like This
  49.   What You Sell
  50.   Never Follow Suit
  51.   It Looked Like Heaven (But Feels Like Hell)
  52.   This Time Around
  53.   Death To Fascism
  54.   Sloboda Narodu
  55.   Someone Else
  56.   Committed to the Cause
  57.   Gibraltar
  58.   Down Down Down
  59.   What Will Give
  60.   Bachelor Kisses
  61.   Stay Off Route
  62.   South Side
  63.   Can't Be Guilty
  64.   Annie Laurie
  65.   1995
  66.   The City Limit
  67.   I Don't Need Love, I've Got My Band
  68.   Lost and Found
  69.   We Climb the Wired Fences
  70.   Slottet #2
  71.   Four Months in the Shade
  72.   Sleeping In
  73.   Closing Scene
  74.   Mad About the Boy
  75.   Every Time
  76.   All About Our Love
  77.   A Token of Gratitude
  78.   This Repeated Sodomy
  79.   Tell
  80.   Swedish Guns
  81.   Too Soon
  82.   The Video Dept.

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