Takida are an English-language alternative rock band from Sweden that experienced immediate success upon signing to Ninetone Records in 2005 after a half-decade of independent activity.
Founded in Ånge, Sweden, in 1999, the band is comprised of Robert Pettersson (vocals, piano), Tomas Wallin (guitar), Mattias Larsson (guitar), Fredrik Pålsson (bass), and Kristoffer Söderström (drums), of whom only Pettersson and Wallin remain from the founding lineup. Not long after forming, Takida recorded their first demo, the five-track Old (2000), followed later in the year by another five-track demo recording, T2. A few more demos -- Takida (2001), Gohei (2003), Thorns (2004) -- were recorded in subsequent years before the band was offered a recording contract in 2005 with Ninetone Records, a Universal Music Group affiliate founded by producer Patrik Frisk. Takida made their label debut in 2006 with a hit single ("Losing") and album (Make You Breathe) that peaked respectively at number two and seven on the Swedish charts. The band's second album on Ninetone Records, Bury the Lies (2007), proved even more successful, debuting atop the Swedish albums chart and spawning a major hit ("Curly Sue") as well as a minor one ("Halo"). Takida's third long-player, The Darker Instinct, was released in September of 2009. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi