worked at one of the city's graphic design firms.
released their first EP (helpfully named EP #1) in 1998 and followed it, logically, with EP #2 (aka The Lipstick Edition) the following year. In 2000, the Concretes
combined these EPs into their full-length debut, Boy, You Better Run Now
, in mid-2000 on Up Records. However, shortly after the album's release, Up founder Chris Takino
died of leukemia, and the Concretes
found themselves without a label.
The Nationalgeographic EP arrived in 2001, but due to difficulties with the Above Ground label, it was nearly impossible to find. Along the way, the Concretes
also added guitarist Daniel Varjo
and horn player Ludvig Rylander
to their fold. They formed their own Licking Fingers imprint, on which they released the Forces single in 2002. Two more singles, You Can't Hurry Love
and Warm Night
, arrived in 2003 and heralded the release of the band's proper debut, The Concretes
. Astralwerks released The Concretes
in the U.S. in 2004. A year later, the B-sides and rarities comp Layourbattleaxedown
-- which gathered most of the band's output between Boy, You Better Run Now
and The Concretes
The band delivered more low-key, sparkling indie pop with 2006's In Colour
. The following year, Bergsman
left the group to focus on her folky solo project Taken by Trees, but the rest of the band regrouped quickly, with Millberg taking over vocal duties on 2007's Hey Trouble. However, 2010's dance-influenced WYWH was the first Concretes album featuring Millberg on vocals released in the United States.