The Radio Dept. x The Atlantic: Swedish Protest Pop, Political Parallels, 'Running Out Of Love' LP Out Now

The Radio Dept.
LP Out Now via Sweden’s Labrador Records
North American Tour Dates Begin Early 2017
“A new album of Scandinavian protest songs, and the political environment that inspired it… Running Out of Love, [addresses] xenophobia, police brutality, and shady arms dealings. The work is a collection of dreamy dance tunes that confronts what its creators see as the darker side of the Scandinavian nation.” – The Atlantic
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“Moody, shivering”  – SPIN
“Playfully subversive" – Pitchfork
“Absolutely flawless, hands down the best album of 2016”  Gods In The TV (10/10)
“Challenging, uncompromising and rewarding...as vital as ever" – Line Of Best Fit (9/10)
The music may sound calm and peaceful, the lyrics are all about violent revolution.” – Stereogum
“Some of their most winning melodies and biggest hooks to date.” – BrooklynVegan
Dig deep and pay attention: This album was made for 2016.” – NPR
“Swedish dream pop… politically charged” – FADER
“Hypnotic” – Consequence of Sound

Swedish dream-pop duo The Radio Dept dropped their fourth album Running Out Of Love last week via Sweden’s Labrador Records.  It's their first album since the critically acclaimed success of 2010’s Clinging To A Scheme, which garnered praise fromConsequence of SoundPitchfork, and more. Running Out Of Love is an album about life in Sweden in 2016 moving in the wrong direction:  politically, intellectually, morally. It's about the impatience that turns into anger, hate and ultimately withdrawal and apathy when love for the world and our existence begins to falter. The band says of the LP:

“In the summer of 2014, ideas and a concept for Running Out Of Love started to come together and the single “Death To Fascism”, now too old to be included, was the first effort towards the new album. Later, more new songs started to appear. The court case is taken care of in “Occupied”, the Swedish weapon and arms industry in “Swedish Guns” and “We Got Game” is about the proud police tradition of protecting nazis and racists, whilst at the same time using brutal violence against opposing groups of protesters. Running Out Of Love has moulded itself into a rather dystopian album, mainly because it was created in a sense of deep frustration over the reactionary currents which characterize our time.”

The album features lead single Swedish Guns which quickly rose #1 HypeM and began charting on the Spotify Viral Chart and gaining wide critical praise, along with the recently released track “We Got Game”. In addition, the Malmö, Sweden based duo have announced North American Tour dates beginning Feb 14, 2017 in support of their politically-charged LP. The 20 date North American tour sees Johan Duncanson & Martin Carlberg return for their first stateside shows since the release of Clinging To A Scheme, appearing at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom, Washington DC’s Black Cat, Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre, Boston’s Brighton Music Hall and many more.

A full list of dates can be found below. You can purchase tickets here.

L to R: The Radio Dept.’s Johan Duncanson, Martin Carlberg

Album Track Listing:
1. Sloboda Narodu
2. Swedish Guns
3. We Got Game
4. Thieves Of State
5. Occupied
6. This Thing Was Bound To Happen
7. Can’t Be Guilty
8. Committed To The Cause
9. Running Out Of Love
10. Teach Me To Forget
The Radio Dept. North American Tour Dates
Feb 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Feb 15 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Feb 16 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Feb 17 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Feb 18 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Feb 19 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Feb 20 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Feb 22 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Feb 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Feb 27 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Feb 28 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Mar 1 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Mar 3 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Mar 4 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Mar 5 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
Mar 6 - Montreal, QC @ Théâtre Fairmount
Mar 7 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Mar 8 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Mar 9 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg