De Staat ride the waves of Machinery and hit the road

Holland’s critically acclaimed alternative rock band, whose unique sound is as distinctive as The Dead Weather, Captain Beefheart, Nick Cave, Steve Reich, Queens of the Stone Age and Tom Waits is set to tour the UK in April 2011, riding the wave that their second album, Machinery, is making.

In less than a year, De Staat has become one of the biggest alt rock acts in its homeland of Holland. Now, what is the band expected to do next after topping 2010 end of the year lists and playing highly acclaimed sets at many festivals including Lowlands, Pinkpop and Glastonbury?

There is only one thing to do – release a follow-up to their 2008 debut album, Wait for Evolution. The second album was released on March 7, out on Cool Green Records, and is available from www.amazon.co.uk From release, it went straight into the Dutch Top 100 Albums at Number 4.

De Staat has made an album that meets all expectations. Machinery has been described by the band as a “gut-inducing slab of psycho funk.” It’s a dark sonic adventure that takes the listener through underground caves of blues, funk and electro where butchers, serial killers, whistleblowers, rats and sweat-covered bodybuilders cross paths.

Machinery is actually an album which turns any expectations on their head, no matter how open minded you are when on first listen to this album. Hearing this album through is very much like taking a trip through an alternative theme park of fairground rides. There is exhilaration and excitement with amazement mixed in at times. It is an excursion which feeds all of your senses, as it draws through the helter skelters and screwballs of the ride, pausing at the odd merry-go-round.

Brilliant stuff: 9/10

The musical influences on Machinery are best experienced through the sound. First impressions cite the rhythms and soundscapes of minimal music-composer Steve Reich, combined with the raw analogue sound of garage rockers Dead Weather.

De Staat’s 2008 debut album Wait for Evolution was the brainchild of Florim. He spent eight years making the album and utilized a lot of ideas and influences from his youth. When the band was formed in 2006, and started playing concerts, the songs developed into something real and that’s when De Staat turned into an amazing live band. It’s that live vibe that De Staat has reproduced on Machinery.

Machinery is the kind of album that stands on its own. Everyone in De Staat has an individual style of playing which makes up the band’s unique sound. On Machinery you can hear De Staat as De Staat sounds live. You can hear the tension of the band playing together.

On the debut album the setup was really simple; one laptop, one soundcard, two microphones and one guitar. This time with a full band in tow, the options were much bigger. The challenge was to define the sound through the contributions and interaction of each member of the band.

“On the last album the additions of a shaker, tambourine or a cowbell, were pure necessities,” said Florim. “Now it’s more functional. We made the songs with five musicians and everything else that’s added is like the icing on the cake.”

This time Torre wrote all basic structures of all songs with five band members in mind. “Some songs were completely thought through and ended up on the record just like they were originally conceived. Other songs have gradually evolved into what they sound like now. It’s a joy to now have a band that functions as a soundboard. Every member has his own opinion. That way it makes the songs better.

Creative Breeding Ground

The preparation of Machinery took place in what only can be described as De Staat’s mansion – a farm, just outside Nijmegen, the hometown of the band and a small city in Holland with a big rock scene. That’s where the basis of the tracks was laid down and the concept of the record was realized. Eventually they recorded the album in Eindhoven, with Florim as producer and engineer Attie Bauw (The Scorpions, Menace featuring Bootsy Collins and Maceo Parker).

Says Florim – “We have recorded 13 songs in 10 days. It was great to have an engineer like Attie with us because it gave us a lot of experience.  On the song Wait For Evolution I did everything myself, but this time I needed to record a full band and I didn’t have a lot of experience to do that on my own.

NATIONWIDE APRIL 2011 UK TOUR
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Wednesday 6th April
Camden Barfly
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www.barflyclub.com
49 Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AN
www.thedeafinstitute.co.uk
135 Grosvenor St Manchester M1 7HE
www.thebodegasocialclub.co.uk
23 Pelham Street Nottingham NG1 2ED
www.thelouisiana.net
Wapping Road Bathurst Terrace Bristol BS1 6UA

Thursday 7th April
Manchester The Deaf Institute
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Friday 8th April
Nottingham The Bodega
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Saturday 9th April
Bristol The Louisiana
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