The roots of Mando Diao date back to 1995 when Björn Dixgård was a member of a band called Butler. Band members came and went and four years later the rest of the current line-up decided to take that project more seriously. Björn Dixgård and Gustaf Norén locked themselves up in a summer house and spent 14 months writing songs. The Beatles is their original inspiration source and Björn and Gustav talked all night about it once, Gustav joined right after! The two renamed their band Mando Diao. According to the band, the name Mando Diao has only one meaning, and it appeared to band member Björn Dixgård in a dream.
The now-renamed band made their third public performances in the clubs of their hometown Borlänge in 1999. A local writer described them in an article as the worst unsigned band he had ever seen. This was soon followed by a record deal with EMI Sweden. In 2002 their first album Bring 'Em In was released in Sweden. It contains early demo versions of their songs, partly recorded in the basement of keyboardist Daniel Haglund who left the band later in 2003. In 2003 the album was released internationally, along with their debut single "Sheepdog." As of 2004, the band is hailed enthusiastically by the music press as one of the most sanguine newcomer bands of the year. The album Hurricane Bar was released in 2004. Their third album Ode to Ochrasy was released in 2006. By the end of 2006...