Darwin Deez: Empty pan but well-stocked bookshelf
One typical problem of philosophical studies can occur, when one get’s lost in his (or her) own treatise way too much, unable to put it aside, while reality is slowly moving away from you. It’s only a short while ago, when musician and former philosophy student Darwin Deez found himself in this very awkward situation, explicitly studying the work of Nietzsch. Unfortunately the monster-moustachioed German mastermind of the late 19th century, a great free thinker himself, back then vegetated until mania. And it was then again Deez, who consequently got infected as well and fell into the big black holes that are heavy depressions.
Luckily, he found a way out and is now – in opposite to Nietzsche, who died exactly 200 years ago as a broken man – a performer full of verve and vitality. With his band he’s bringing us a wave of jazzy, harmonic sounds, euphoria implying and happiness encouraging. Best example therefore is of course the hit single “Radar Detector”.
And there we are with the ‘music therapy’ again, or better, creating music as a therapeutic remedy, as antidepressant. Of course, Deez is digesting his darker days in his lyrics, but is aligning them with lo-fi-sounds and hippie elements instead of melancholic sound structures. Sometimes this makes a quite ironic listening, but all in all Darwin Deez’ music is constantly evoking a feeling, that’s literally best described with the happily agreeing outcry: yeaaah!
Not for no reasons whole collectives of people with their hands swinging above their nodding heads followed Darwin through his sets at f.i. Melt! festival and so many other events. And while DD are currently touring the UK again, there are already new dates for the country and Germany for February and March 2011. Until then you can spent you days with both, the Lucky Number (Rough Trade) released debut album Darwin Deez or the single “Constellations”, which was just re-released today with remixes by the highly appreciated SBTRKT and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (who once again prove here that we do it for good reasons) by the same imprint. T.E.E.D. will also support Darwin on his 2011 dates.
Darwin Deez : Constellation (Remixes)
Darwin Deez live 2010:
19.10. Thekla, Bristol
20.10. Cavern, Exeter
21.10. Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
22.10. Digital, Brighton
23.10. Jericho, Oxford
24.10. Arts Centre, Norwich
26.10. Scala, London
27.10. Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
28.10. Kasbah, Coventry
30.10. Plug, Sheffield
24.02. Academy 2, Manchester
25.02. Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
26.02. Garage, Glasgow
27.02. Metropolitan University, Leeds
01.03. Waterfront, Norwich
02.03. HMV Institute, Birmingham
03.03. Koko, London
04.03. Anson Rooms, Bristol
05.03. Concorde 2, Brighton
07.03. Knust, Hamburg
08.03. Gleis 22, Münster
09.03. Gloria, Cologne
10.03. Backstage, Munich
11.03. Lido Astra, Berlin
(Text translated by Thomas Vorreyer)