Before Rock n’ Roll there was nothing. That somewhat sums up the mission statement of Mando Diao who, with their genre grabbing new album Ode To Ocrasy (out April 24), have hit upon just about every rockin’ era post-1954. And with that said, Ode To Ocrasy is in many ways a history lesson in rock music; we are taken through impersonations of everything from spot on renditions of the Clash (“TV & Me”), John Lennon (“The New Boy”), Billy Idol’s rebel yell (“Long Before Rock ‘N’ Roll”) to hinting at more modern post-Franz Ferdinand dance rock. Many virgin ears to Mando Diao might find it easy to compare the quintet rock outfit to that last band but it’s a short-winded comparison that is unable to hold its function after deeper listening of the music.
I wouldn’t go as far as make any religious comparisons to Mando Diao’s music (as the band has done) but I will call this pure hearted rock ‘n roll that does enough justice to all its sub-genres to be somewhat revelatory.
[mp3] Mando Diao – Long Before Rock 'N' Roll
[mp3] Mando Diao - Amsterdam
Stream the entire album at the bands Myspace.
4/29/07 – Coachella
5/22/07 – Troubadour (tix)
If you need any help being convinced to catch Mando Diao live than just watch the following video of “Long Before Rock ‘N’ Roll” taken at the bands performance at SXSW.
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