Dungen ("the grove", Swedish pronunciation: [ˈdɵŋɛn]) is a Swedishrock band based in Stockholm. Often classified as progg or psychedelic rock, Dungen is additionally 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 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 didn't feel right because Dungen isn't 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 additionally 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 additionally toured with Wolfmother and the Tucker B's around Australia.
Dungen released their fourth studio album, Tio bitar on 25 April 2007 but didn't tour in support of it.
The group announced their sixth studio album on 23 June 2015, before releasing it on 25 September 2015. Entitled 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 storeys from the life I live," he said in a statement. "I hope people can create their own storeys around the music and maybe we can make music together, the listener and I.”
Around 2015, the group undertook a project to create an instrumental score for the 1926 animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Inspired by what they created, the passed recordings to their producer Mattias Glavå with instructions to 'make it into a record'. The album will be released on 25 November 2016 as an official Black FridayRecord Store Day release.
- Dungen (2001)
- Dungen 2 (2002)
- Stadsvandringar (2002)
- Ta det lugnt (2004)
- Tio bitar (2007)
- 4 (2008)
- Skit i allt (2010)
- Allas Sak (2015)
- "Häxan" (2016)
- Ta det lugnt / Tyst minut (2005, Subliminal Sounds) (12" vinyl, additionally 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)