«The Mary Onettes» - biography, albums, songs, video clips

The Mary Onettes are an indie dream pop band from Jönköping, Sweden, signed to Labrador Records. To date, the band has released three full-length studio albums and four EPs.


The Mary Onettes formed in 2000 in the Swedish town of Jönköping by Philip Ekström (vocals, guitar), his brother Henrik Ekström (bass), Petter Agurén (guitar), and Simon Fransson (drums). The band was drawn together by their common interest in '80s and '90s music, especially with bands such as The Stone Roses and The Cure. The band got their first record deal in 2004, but were dropped after only six months without the opportunity to release any recorded material.Columbia/Sony BMG picked the band up eight months later, and the band released their debut EP Make Me Last in May 2005. Following positive critical reception but muted commercial response, the band found themselves without a label shortly after the EP's release. The Mary Onettes intended to self-release all material thereafter, until Swedish indie pop label Labrador Records signed the band months later, and the band established a recording studio in Gothenburg.

The band's first release on Labrador was the four-song EP Lost, released in November 2006.Pitchfork Media described the song "Lost" as "start[ing] out a bit New Order, but it quickly blows up into grand teen-movie hooks that only a grump could find much fault with." The band released their debut full-length studio album The Mary Onettes in April 2007, drawing generally positive critical acclaim and favorable comparisons to Echo & the Bunnymen, The Cure, The Church, and Shout Out Louds.Treble magazine, in a highly positive review, described the album as "It may sound a bit on the nostalgic side, though its influences merely melt into a greater whole, in which various sounds meld together in synth-pop ecstasy. The first proper single from the album was "Void," which preceded the album in March 2007. Following extensive touring around Europe, and a brief tour of the United States, the band set out to begin recording their second album. However, according to a post from Philip on the band's official website, "Last summer I basically lost every song I've ever recorded with The Mary Onettes. My hard drive with all my music was stolen in my car one fine afternoon in Stockholm, the very same fine afternoon we came home from our US tour, the very same day I was feeling thrilled to come home and start the process of finishing our new album. Of course I had made a backup copy on my computer at home. But for some reason a power failure in the building made that hard drive collapse too. Unbelievable. I was speechless for days." The band played the Primavera Sound Festival in Spain in May 2008, and reconvened in the studio to start the recording process again in September.

The band's Dare EP was released in April 2009. The band recorded the EP in a little studio in Jönköping, and recorded the string arrangements in a church nearby the band's hometown. The EP was intended as a sampler of the upcoming second album, entitled Islands, which was released on 4 November 2009. The album was preceded by the new single "Puzzles," released on 30 September 2009 as a digital download. Philip said of the album's title: "The title Islands came up because I see the tracks on the album as small islands in different shapes and forms where every song is like a record of it's [sic] very own. Johan on Labrador Records suggested the same title without having heard me mentioning the idea, so that was a coincidence too good not to pursue. The songs are almost too personal and I've had a hard time playing them for friends. It's like all I want to do is keep them to myself."

In 2011, Philip and Henrik Ekström founded a new group called Det Vackra Livet. The band features much of the same sound and influences of The Mary Onettes, but with lyrics sung in Swedish instead of English.

February 28, 2012 The Mary Onettes released their fourth EP called Love Forever, produced by ex-STUDIO member Dan Lissvik.

The band has released a single entitled, "Evil Coast" from their upcoming album, "Hit the Waves." The album is scheduled for release on March 12, 2013.



  • The Mary Onettes (25 April 2007)
    • Labrador Records LAB103
    • Released in the US on 4 December 2007
  • Islands (4 November 2009)
    • Labrador Records LAB125
    • Released in the US on 3 November 2009
  • Hit The Waves (March 2013)

Singles & EPs

  • Make Me Last EP (May 2005)
    • Columbia COL 675869-2
    1. "Make Me Last" – 3:40
    2. "Concrete" – 3:17
    3. "Whatever Gets You Thru the Fear" – 4:41
    4. "Too Young" – 2:49
  • Lost EP (15 November 2006)
    • Labrador Records LAB066
    1. "Lost" – 4:06
    2. "Explosions" – 3:58
    3. "What's So Strange?" – 3:18
    4. "R.U.N." – 3:39
  • "Void" single (7 March 2007)
    • Labrador Records LAB102
    1. "Void" – 3:30
    2. "Everyday and Today" – 4:43
    3. "Translate" – 4:15
  • Dare EP (29 April 2009)
    • Labrador Records LAB121
    • Released in the US on 16 June 2009
    1. "Dare" – 3:47
    2. "Kicks" – 3:49
    3. "God Knows I Had Plans" – 4:15
  • "Puzzles" single (30 September 2009)
    • Labrador Records DLAB018, digital download
  • "Once I Was Pretty" single (31 March 2010)
    • Labrador Records DLAB020, digital download
  • "The Night Before the Funeral" single (17 April 2010)
    • Labrador Records LAB128, 7" single (Record Store Day exclusive; limited to 500 copies worldwide)
    • Available as a digital download on 5 May 2010
    1. "The Night Before the Funeral" – 3:51
    2. "The Benefits of Being Young" – 4:03
  • "Love Forever" EP (28 February 2012)
  • "Evil Coast" Digital single (November 2012)

Music videos

Year Video Director Link
2005 "Make Me Last"
2007 "Pleasure Songs" Petur Mogensen
2010 "The Night Before the Funeral" Philip Ekström

External links