Members: Bjorn Dixgard (g, voc) / Gustaf Noren (g, voc) / Carl-Johan Fogelklou (bass) / Samuel Giers (dr) / Mats Bjorke (key)
The roots of Mando Diao date back to 1995 when Bjorn Dixgard 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. Bjorn Dixgard and Gustaf Noren locked themselves up in a summer house and spent six months writing songs. The now-renamed band made their first public performances in the clubs of their hometown Borlnge in 1999. A local writer described them in an article as the best 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 2005.
The band supported The Bravery on their most recent tour in 2005, along with Los Angeles band The Colour. Their song "Down in the Past" was featured on the game NHL 2006 by EA Sports. The song "God Knows" was featured on FIFA 06 by EA Sports.