OK, now I get it. Mando Diao is the ultimate, all-in-one package. Good looks and great songs make this group irresistible. I still believe that there is something in the water over in Sweden that just causes pop perfection in their bands. Last night at NYC’s Snitch, a handful of lucky industry-types got to see a rare acoustic performance from the group. I was there front and center, watching the girls swoon and their respective boyfriends get slightly jealous.
I will admit that this was my first live experience with Mando Diao. Last night’s performance featured Gustaf Norén and Björn Dixgård, who rocked through a forty-minute set featuring songs of old and new. Hearing their pop-glazed garage rock stripped down to bare-bones acoustic shows the strength in their songwriting, such as on the crowd pleasing “Motown Blood”. This blues-fueled rocker was a highlight of the set, especially when Gustaf whipped out the harmonica. The finest song of the evening hands-down was the ballad “All My Senses”. Björn’s heartfelt vocals soared on the addictive chorus, showing that Mando Diao has the potential to make some waves this year. I can smell a hit single on its way.
Many guitar strings later, the set ended all too soon with “Annie’s Angle.” Gustaf and Björn played their hearts out, and showed the crowd that there is much more to the group than meets the eye, literally. This new fan is anxious to catch a full set from the group when they come back to the US later this year.