The story of Amandine starts in a small Swedish town called Sandviken. A place known mostly for its Iron works and its vicinity to slightly larger city Gävle. It is also the birthplace of Olof Gidlöf and John Andersson, who together with two friends crafted country-inspired pop songs for their own amusement and inbetween commitments to other groups. University studies had the two relocated to Umeå, further north and known as a music city in Sweden. There they met two friends, both named Andreas, who joined the band in 2003 after illness and family commitments forced a change in the original lineup.
Including more pop and rock tendencies, new demos were recorded that led to contact with British label Fatcat records (Múm, Sigur Rós, Animal Collective etc.) who in the spring of 2005 released Amandine’s debut album This is Where our...