Cats and Dinosaurs


"The worlds most radical swingband"

Cats and Dinosaurs is a left wing feminist swing collective playing original lindyhop dance music with political lyrics in Swedish and English, AKA "the worlds most radical swingband". We mix the objectively best politics with the objectively best music. Result: dance party!!!!
Our feet are planted in the radical backwaters of the jazz and blues, but we threw out all the standards in favor of our own leftie-feminist songbook. Jazz was the punk of the twenties, and we want to honor the creativity and radicalism of the jazz pioneers by embracing their energy and attitude rather than copying them note for note.
We are also lindyhop dancers! This is the secret behind our perfect dance groove that will get every floor going, all while our subversive message slips into peoples subconscious like gleeming red silverfish.

We have been playing since 2014, touring all over Sweden as well as Norway, Denmark and Germany. Planning to add more countries to the list! We have released three full length albums on PACAYA records. Our latest album called "The Shape of Swing to Come" is our first one in English, check it out together with our previous albums on our music page.

"Wir brauchen diese Band. Zum Tanzen und zum Reflektieren. Die Sitzmucke, die sich heutzutage Jazz schimpft, ist vielleicht tot. Diese progressive und zugleich traditionelle Musik aber ist quicklebendig.'"
- Andreas Michalke, Jungle World

Group members

Christopher Ali Thorén: saxofoner
David Löfberg: piano och leksakspiano
Fia Forslund: vibrafon och slagverk
Filip Bagewitz: sång och gitarr
Johan Axelsson: klarinett och saxofoner
Johan Bengtsson: banjo
Julia Schabbauer: trummor
Sofia Högstadius: fiol
Tove Casén Nylander: kontrabas

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