Those Dancing Days: everything you want pop music to be like

Sweden’s splendid all-girl group, Those Dancing Days, are finally about to release their debut album (they’ve actually been waiting for two members to graduate from school), In Our Space Hero Suits, on October 06.

They are a wonderful band who, for me, encapsulate most of what’s so great about being a teenager in every one of their three-minute songs. Spin magazine has recently described them as “Blondie backed by the Attractions … and The Slits rehearsing with Bow Wow Wow”. And even though they occasionally play a bum note, (which actually seems to add to their charm) they actually sound like they’ve been around for ages. When I first heard Hitten, their biggest hit, it was one of those records which you immediately felt you had always been waiting to hear. I like them for the pure, unadulterated joy of thier music and for the soaring Hammond-like organs and for the brilliantly inventive drumming with proper fills, but mostly for the vocals of Linnea Jönsson, who sings with the assurance of someone much older, while retaining the energy and essence of her youth.

Those Dancing Days – Hitten (YouTube)
Those Dancing Days – Hitten (MP3)
Those Dancing Days – Toxic (Britany Spears cover)