Dräp En Hund are a raw, noisy, stripped-down, slow punk rock duo -- their suitably intense name is Swedish for "Kill a Dog" -- that happens to consist of a couple of preadolescent girls. Alva Melin (electric bass and vocals) and Gabbi Evrén (vocals and drums) met in August 2005 at a music school in Gustavsberg, outside of Stockholm. They were 12 years old at the time, and had only recently switched to their current instruments from, respectively, double bass and steel pan, but they began playing together, citing Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, and the White Stripes as influences. Within a year's time they had gained attention from several national magazines and such music-world notables as the Concretes and ESG (with whom they shared a stage at Norway's Ladyfest), perhaps with a bit of help from the influence of Melin's father, the free jazz saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. Their debut album, Be Yourself, featuring a cover of the Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," appeared in the fall of 2006, the first release on the Slottet label.
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