The Radio Dept. was formed in Malmö, Sweden in 2001 by Johan Duncanson and Martin Carlberg. Out of a great review in the music magazine Sonic (2002), they gained interest from the label Labrador. After a few EPs, the band’s debut album, Lesser Matters, was released in January 2003 to much critical acclaim. When re-released by XL Recordings, the band started to reach audiences internationally, and all three singles from the album were featured on the “Single of the Week” page in NME.