Dungen performing at the Malmöfestivalen in Sweden in August 2006
|Genres||Indie rock, psychedelic rock, neo-psychedelia, jazz-rock, progg|
|Labels||Subliminal Sounds (SE), Kemado (US), Astralwerks (US), Memphis Industries (UK), Dew Process (AUS)|
|Past members||Fredrik Björling|
Dungen ("the grove", Swedish pronunciation: [ˈdɵŋɛn]) is a Swedish rock band based in Stockholm. Often classified as progg or psychedelic rock, Dungen is also influenced by Swedish (and other) folk music, classic rock, progressive rock, garage rock and alternative rock.
The band is fronted by singer/composer Gustav Ejstes, who writes all music and plays the majority of instruments on the band's records. Despite this, Dungen plays live as a four-piece. Ejstes, who in his teens started his songwriting with hip hop, is backed live by Swedish progressive rock veteran Reine Fiske (Landberk, Morte Macabre, Paatos, The Guild, The Amazing) on guitar, bassist Mattias Gustavsson (Life On Earth!), and drummer Johan Holmegard (previously on drums was Fredrik Björling), all of whom have played parts on Dungen's studio albums.
Following two vinyl album releases on Swedish record label Subliminal Sounds, Dungen briefly signed to Dolores Recordings (a subset of Virgin Records) in 2002, on which they released the CD Stadsvandringar and three singles, including one for Djungelboken 2 (the Swedish version of The Jungle Book 2). Ejstes soon returned to his friend's independent record label Subliminal Sounds, stating that a major label did not feel right because Dungen is not a pop act.
Although Dungen's songs are sung entirely in Swedish, 2004's Ta det lugnt received great acclaim within indie rock circles and established the band's international reputation. This resulted in the band headlining two US tours and landing distribution deals in the US and UK. Dungen also performed their song "Panda" on the popular NBC television talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In 2006, Dungen played at the famous Bonnaroo Music Festival and has also toured with Wolfmother and the Tucker B's around Australia.
Dungen released their fourth studio album, Tio bitar on April 25, 2007 but did not tour in support of it.
It was announced on June 23, 2015 that a new Dungen album is to be released on September 25, 2015. The new album is called Allas Sak. The album title translates loosely into "everyone's thing" or "anyone's thing". Once again, the songs are sung largely in Swedish by Gustav Ejstes. “These songs are my everyday experiences, my thoughts and stories from the life I live," he said in a statement. "I hope people can create their own stories around the music and maybe we can make music together, the listener and I.”
- Dungen (2001)
- Dungen 2 (2002)
- Stadsvandringar (2002)
- Ta det lugnt (2004)
- Tio bitar (2007)
- 4 (2008)
- Skit i allt (2010)
- Allas Sak (2015)
- Ta det lugnt / Tyst minut (2005, Subliminal Sounds) (12" vinyl, also included with 2005 re-release of Ta det lugnt)
- Samtidigt (2009, Kemado) (limited-pressing (500) tour-only 12″ vinyl containing an extended 15-minute long version of the song "Samtidigt" from 4)
- Solen stiger upp (2002, Dolores Recordings) (CD)
- Stadsvandringar (2002, Dolores Recordings) (CD)
- Jag vill va' som du / Har du vart' i Stockholm? (2003, Dolores Recordings) (CD)
- Panda (2005, Memphis Industries) (CD, 7" vinyl)
- Festival (2006, Memphis Industries) (7" vinyl)
- Sätt att se (2008, Mexican Summer) (12" vinyl)
- Öga, näsa, mun (2011, Third Man Records) (7" vinyl)
- Official website in Swedish and English
- Dungen: Pitchfork Live Review (9/20/05)
- Dungen: Lyrics in Swedish
- October 2008 Interview with L.A. Record