Led by singer/songwriter Markus Kruneg+Ñrd, who embarked on a successful solo career in the late 2000s, Laakso is a Swedish indie pop band that released a few albums during the mid-2000s prior to the departure of its frontman. Founded in 2001, the band is comprised of Mikael Fritz (bass), Lars Skoglund (drums), and David Nyg+Ñrd (trombone, trumpet, synthesizer), in addition to Kruneg+Ñrd (vocals, guitar). Laakso made their commercial recording debut in 2003 in association with the indie label Adrian Recordings, releasing first the Long Beach EP, then the full-length debut album I Miss You, I'm Pregnant. A couple years later, Laakso made their major-label debut on V2 Music with the High Drama EP (2005), followed by the full-length album My Gods (2005). While these initial major-label releases were moderately successful, Laakso's next round of releases, the V+ñsterbron & Vampires EP (2007) and the full-length album Mother Am I Good Looking? (2007), propelled the band further up the Swedish charts and into the pop mainstream. At this point, Kruneg+Ñrd embarked on a solo career, releasing his Top Ten hit debut album, Markusevangeliet (2008), on V2 Music. Meanwhile, Skoglund played drums in the band Moneybrother, and Nyg+Ñrd involved himself with side projects including Pello Revolvers and Vapnet. ~ Jason BirchmeierPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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