Bonnaroo Band of the Day: Little Dragon


Bonnaroo Artist | Little Dragon
Bonnaroo History | 2012
Stage & Time | The Other Tent | Sunday | 7:30


Just like last year and the year before, we’re making it our mission to help you get acquainted with as many bands as we can from Bonnaroo‘s impressive 2014 lineup.  We’ll start from the bottom and work our way up, paying special attention to the smaller and lesser known acts on this year’s bill. Keep reading for your Bonnaroo Band of the Day


Although founding members Yukimi Nagano (vocals) Erik Bodin (drums) and Fredrik Källgren Wallin (bass) started making music together during their high school years in the nineties, the Swedish dream pop, neo-soul, indietronic musicians didn’t officially become Little Dragon until 2006, when they added Håkan Wirenstrand on the keys. They got their name from Nagano’s fiery temperament and fierce energy in the recording studio, which she says is a “little exaggerated but there is some truth in it”.

After moving to an artist collective called the Seal Colonie in Gothenburg, Sweden, they released a vinyl-only single on the small label Off the Wall Records. Despite minimal exposure and even less distribution, they got some attention from English radio, and were soon signed to London’s Peacefrog Records, who released their self-titled debut full-length LP in 2007. A couple more albums and a slew of high profile collaborations later, including appearing on two tracks of the Gorillaz’s 2010 album Plastic Beach (“Empire Ants” and “To Binge”), they seem poised to blow even bigger state side. Little D’s latest album Nabuma Rubberband, was released earlier this month on Seven Four (part of Republic Records) and debuted at #14 on the UK Albums chart and #24 on US Billboard top 200. With Gorillaz/Blur frontman Damon Albarn also on the Roo bill this year promoting his solo record Everyday Robots, we wouldn’t be surprised in the least if he sat in with them for a song or two or vice versa, but we’ll all have to wait and see for ourselves if this epic collaboration happens live and in person!

LISTEN | “Paris”

WATCH | “Klapp Klapp” (Official Video)


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