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Swedish Band Shows Love For Former Red Wing

Of the Oakland Press

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We still have feeling for former Red Wing Luc Robitaille here in the Detroit area. And they apparently feel the same way in Sweden.

The group Mando Diao kicks off its latest album, “Ode to Ochrasy,” with “Welcome Home, Luc Robitaille,” which singer-guitarist Björn Dixgard says was the handiwork of guitarist Gustaf Noren.

“He’s a fan of Luc Robitaille,” Dixgard, 25, says. “When he was visiting his parent’s house, he found all these Luc Robitaille cards, which brought out a lot of childhood memories, I guess — even though it’s not a really happy song.

“We’re all big hockey fans. We like Detroit, of course, because they have so many Swedish players. We hope we can catch some games while we’re touring the States.”

Dixgard says that on “Ode to Ochrasy,” Mando Diao wanted to make “an album where we played everything live, which is basically what we did.” As for the title, he says that Ochrasy is a word the quintet created to describe their state of mind on the road.

“When we’re on tour, we sometimes feel like our life isn’t real at all,” he explains. “It’s just surreal, doing interviews, doing gigs and being awake at night when all the normal people are sleeping and stuff like that. We feel like it’s not real, for some reason.

“We needed a word for that sort of life we’re living, and Ochrasy is that. It was perfect to call the album that as well.”

Mando Diao, Pop Levi and the Films perform Friday (May 11th) at the Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $15. Call (734) 996-8555.

Web Site: www.blindpigmusic.com

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