You probably remember The Radio Dept. “Pulling Our Weight,” a charming sweet-slice of dream pop as heard in Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette (2006). But Sweden’s favorite indie-pop troupe have actually been recording their best stuff before then, and their new album Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 offers the band’s favorites including rarities and singles from the bands three albums and multiple EPs.
Equally channeling minimalistic post-punk, krautrock, trip-hop, ambient noise and whatever else they were pouring at the corner pub, this Swedish outfit offers the best-of from their back catalog, and we’ll gladly re-injure our ears with tracks like “Never Follow Suit,” (think the Pet Shop Boys here), the bittersweet pop confections of “Heaven’s On Fire,” the gorgeous dance melodies of “On Your Side,” and my personal favorite “The One” sounding like a slow-paced New order song dipped in codeine. If there’s a future for this nostalgic type of fuzzy-pop stylings, this remarkable group will lead the way.
Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 is out now on Labrador Records. And, you can download a free MP3 of “The One” as heard in the Never Follow Suite EP released in 2010.
The complete tracklist for the singles collection is just below. Scroll down further to find the full tour details.
Passive Aggressive tracklisting:
1. Why won’t you talk about it?
2. Where damage isn’t already done
3. Annie laurie
5. Pulling our weight
6. This past week
7. The worst taste in music
8. We made the team
9. Bachelor kisses
10. Freddie and the trojan horse
12. Heaven’s on fire
13. Never follow suit
14. The new improved hypocrisy
2. We would fall against the tide
3. You and me then?
4. Peace of mind
7. What you sell
8. Mad about the boy
9. Closing scene
10. Messy enough
11. The idle urban contemporaries
12. All about our love
13. On your side
14. The one
The Radio Dept. – “Passive Aggressive” (Labrador/Caroline)
For more information on the album visit Labrador. se
Feb 01 Washington D.C. Rock N Roll Hotel
Feb 02 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Feb 04 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
Feb 05 Montreal, QC Petit Campus
Feb 07 Toronto, ONT Lee’s Palace
Feb 08 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Feb 09 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Feb 12 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café
Feb 13 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
*Feb 14 San Francisco CA The Independent
Feb 15 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Feb 16 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Feb 19 Mexico City, MX Teatro de la Ciudad