Those Dancing Days – in session for Marc Riley – June 5, 2008 – BBC 6 Music –
Those Dancing Days in session for Marc Riley at BBC 6 Music tonight. Recorded on June 5, 2008.
Okay – they had me at the downbeat. Five little powerhouses, packed with spunk and Pop. Only in Sweden and thanks to the original non-screwed up My Space, some major word-of-mouth and off-the-charts reviews from Swedish press, Those Dancing Days landed a major label deal while still in High School and soon after they formed in 2005. Characterized as a blend of Northern Soul and Twee along with a major dollop of Indie Pop, Those Dancing Days quickly grabbed attention pretty much all over Europe and eventually sending them to Austin Texas for an appearance at SXSW and some West Coast dates along the way.
Those Dancing Days are/were Rebecka Rolfart, Cissi Efraimsson, Lisa Pyk Wirstrom, Mimmi Evrell, and Linea Jonsson, the group made waves among Swedish indie pop connoisseurs thanks to a handful of synthy, handclappy demos with a sweet-as-pie indie pop sound that nodded to the Acid House Kings, the Concretes, and the Besties, Those Dancing Days found success abroad and at home in 2007; they were featured as a Spin.com Artist of the Day, and they even won a spot to compete on the Swedish song contest TV show Grand Prix. V2 Music signed them that year, and the band’s self-titled debut EP hit stores in late August. Their debut full-length studio album, In Our Space Hero Suits, appeared in 2009. In 2011 Those Dancing Days returned with the more polished ’80s dance-rock and post-punk-influenced Daydreams & Nightmares.
The band was chosen personally by Belle & Sebastian to perform at their second Bowlie Weekender festival presented by All Tomorrow’s Parties in the UK in December 2010. A second album, Daydreams & Nightmares was released in 2011. The band made a number of festival appearances in the summer including Glastonbury finishing with Popaganda in Stockholm on 27 August. Four days after this performance, the band announced on their website that the group would be ‘put to bed for a while’. The same announcement revealed the final release will be the single “Help Me Close My Eyes”. Some band members founded Vulkano in late 2011.
Still rumored to be on hiatus, you can still sample what the noise was all about from this 2008 session for Marc Riley at BBC 6 Music.
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