DAF plays M'era Luna, announces European tour
Legendary German electro-pop outfit DAF will perform August 10 at the M’era Luna festival in Hildesheim, Germany as a prelude to a European tour set to begin in January 2009. Tour dates include January 7 in Berlin, Germany, January 11 in Zurich, Switzerland and January 24 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Visit DAF’s MySpace page for the band’s current tour itinerary.
In the early 1980’s, Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft was the highly controversial electro-punk bank heading up the roster of the “New German Wave” of politically-motivated rock bands.
The first two D.A.F. albums featured the original four-piece line-up and a range of styles. Some songs on Die Kleinen und die Bösen (The Small Ones and the Evil Ones), featured thrashed guitars, electronic screeching, and hammered drums while Gabi screamed and ululated. The record was widely lauded by the British Music press, and earned the group an early cult following in the UK.
As their sound crystallized into a more rhythmically intense and minimalistic style, Gabi and Robert ejected the other members, who had become superfluous both musically and in terms of the chemistry within the band. On the later albums recorded by the remaining duo, the arrangements were sparse and heavily electronic, the singing evolved from abstract screams and mumbles to a very direct, rhythmic vocal style, and their live performances were delivered with such intensity that a 1980 concert in Düsseldorf had to be stormed by the police to bring the crowd under control.