Radio Dept to play Sasquatch & Pitchfork Music Festival

By on May 13, 2011
Following their triumphant sold out tour across North America this past February and
After Blazing Through Coachella
Sweden’s favorite Indie Rock Trio Radio Dept
Return To North America for select dates

 “Neatly made pop…The Radio Dept. hark back to the guitar-and-keyboard grids of New Order and the urbane whispers of Pet Shop Boys. Arrangements that were full-bodied but never overstuffed. Every so often the band allowed itself a dance beat or a major-chord crescendo approaching the lower elevations of U2”  –New York Times
“The level of craft is consistently high. The result isn’t exactly passive, but it is exquisitely controlled.”The Washington Post
“The Radio Dept. internalize their varied influences– dub, sample culture, synth pop– and refocus them into a something that is unmistakably their own.” Pitchfork

“the defiant fuzz of the Jesus and Mary Chain, jangle of the Smiths, dance beats of the Stone Roses,noisiness of My Bloody Valentine, halcyon droning of Cocteau Twins and preciousness of Belle and Sebastian. “  AOL Spinner

Passive Aggressive posits that they may have sounded like a lot of different bands during their run so far, but they’ve always just been themselves: an overlooked band deserving of more attention than the little they’ve received. This comp should fix that.”    Prefix

The Radio Dept. topped many of 2010 Year End lists with their album, “Clinging to a Scheme”(Pitchfork, Magnet, Pop Matters, Under The Radar, etc) and launched into 2011 as nominees for 2 Swedish Grammy Awards (Best band and Best album) as well as their nominee for the first annual Nordic Music Prize (equivalent to The UK’s Mercury Prize). In January they released  their double disc collection “Passive Aggressive: The Singles 2002-2010, which again was met with critical acclaim. The collection finally gave both long time and newly gained fans a chance to hear all their hard to find singles and rarities in one collection.  
This past February, Radio Dept embarked on their largest sold out tour across North America, and played a triumphant set at this year’s Coachella.  Continuing on their festival trail, Radio Dept return to the US to perform at the upcoming  Sasquatch Music Festival and Pitchfork Music Festival while additional dates including LA, Toronto and NY where they will perform at South Street Seaport. All dates are below.  
Radio Dept Dates:

May 26th :: Los Angeles, CA :: Troubadour
May 28th :: Seattle, WA :: Sasquatch Festival
May 29th :: Toronto, ON :: Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
July 15th :: New York, NY :: South Street Seaport
July 16th :: Chicago, IL :: Pitchfork Music Festival
More Dates TBA

Select Press Quotes on Passive Aggressive and their live show
 “The Radio Dept. might just be the most popular band you haven’t yet heard of. This Swedish three-piece has steadily won an international following for their delicate pop sound- with just enough shoegaze and soulful intensity, it’s rainy Sunday listening you can play any day of the week.”  Nylon
sterling dream pop nuggets …it’s arguably an equally strong listening experience, one which emphasizes the band’s overwhelming preoccupation with texture. what is included here is pretty close to perfect”
  All Music Guide
“Radio Dept. are like the long-lost Swedish band, one that connects the dots in the evolution of Swedish indie this decade. Radio Dept.can out-rock the Hives (“Why Won’t You Talk About It”), write as transcendent pop-hooks as Peter Bjorn and John (“Heaven’s on Fire”), be as ironic and self-referential as Tough Alliance (“The Worst Taste in Music”), and be as verbose as Jens Lekman (“The New Improved Hyprocrisy”). Prefix
“Passive Aggressive has a magnetic breeziness about it, and for all of the early-2000s signifiers and the blown-out lo-fi production, it actually sounds five years ahead of its time.” Pitchfork

“The Radio Dept. creates blithe agony from crisp vocal harmonies and a perpetual sense of synth-drenched ennui.” Village Voice 
 “beguiling blend of gauzy shoegaze and jangly guitar pop…” Boston Globe
“There is also a natural warmth found within the music of the Radio Dept. that seems to be restlessly at odds with the vast sense of space in their diaphanous arrangements.”  Minneapolis City Pages
** “TRD floats wistful, wandering lyrics on buoyant, sometimes baggy beats and sunny sheens of guitar sown with almost flippant electronic chiming. They ache hard but with apparently mendable heartache”  LA Weekly
If Clinging to a Scheme was the sound of a band emerging from a long, beautiful slumber, then Passive Aggressive is further reward for long-time fans who had been patiently waiting the whole time. And considering that the indie-pop world is still crushed out on vintage-leaning bands, the double album is sure to earn the band more new fans.”  Pop Matters
“a brand new double-CD set that could be one of the most impressive audio documents you’ll ever hear!  So it is with Sweden’s Radio Dept., whose remarkable works will likely seduce all those fortunate enough to hear them! With impeccable taste, a mixture of muffled vocals, melodic hooks, the odd Go-Betweens cover, and enough depth to shame all who’ve yet to hear them, this band is simply better than everyone else this week.”  Yahoo 
“Through a dozen-plus years of balancing delicate, guitar-based dream-pop (notably on debut Lesser Matters) and synth-‘n’-drum-machine–generated indie dance (the disappointing Pet Grief), these elusive Swedes have kept things neatly introverted and quietly romantic.” LA Weekly

” Passive Aggressive: The Singles 2002-2010… the collection will teach you why they’ve hung around so long and why their label Labrador has called them “indie as fuck.” Consequence of Sound
“The secret to their sauce is simple: sprinkle enough disco on the six-strings to charm critics, rockers and DJs alike. On stage Johan Duncanson, Martin Larsson and Daniel Tjäderbring are as low-key as the set is sparse. A bit of electronic gear, a couple guitars. No fancy lights. “Just three guys in t-shirts, jeans.” Everything else is stripped away to make room for the expansive, iridescent melodies and harmonies that permeate albums…” –
Clinging to a Scheme 
PITCHFORK “Heavenly subversion” (The Top 100 Tracks of 2010) 
MAGNET “Honing its atmospheric, dream-pop sound while sharpening its skills as serious songwriters,”  (Top 20 albums of 2010)
UNDER THE RADAR  “Another near-classic mediation on the complexity of youthful sadness. “(Top 50 Albums of 2010)
POPMATTERS (“On their third album, the Radio Dept. once again demonstrate the flexibility within their distinctly fuzzy style of pop music.” No 1 on “The Best indie pop of the year 2010”-list)
PITCHFORK “Best new music ..repeat plays reveal this record’s almost bottomless depth” (8.3/10. Best new music)
BROOKLYN VEGAN “Passive-Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 which culls eight years worth of non-LP, out-of-print greatness onto CDs”

BOSTON PHOENIX: “Phoenix fans will swoon over the shimmying, glimmering flawless dreampop”

Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.