12 februari 2014

De Staat has been nominated for the Dutch industry award called “Edison” for their latest album “I_CON”. The remarkable cover design is a work of art by London artist Ben Newman. The awards will be presented on 31 March in Amsterdam.

The album, released in September 2013, was produced by band leader Torre Florim and mixed by Grammy Award winner Vance Powell. It has been released worldwide by Cool Green Recordings, a subdivision of Mascot Records. Their first single Devil’s Blood was a “3FM Megahit”, and the album was 3FM Album of the Week. Their track “Down Town” has been included in Electronic Arts’ “FIFA 2014” and got worldwide attention with this video, recorded during the football game of their favourite club NEC. Since the release, the band has toured the Benelux, UK, Germany and Switzerland. Their unique performance on Noorderslag was broadcast on national tv.

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22 januari 2014

The Hard Way, de drum n bass/punk/metal live act van Bong-Ra, Limewax en Thrasher, zal op 21 maart hun nieuwe eerste full album “The Hard Way” uitbrengen. De band zal ter gelegenheid hiervan twee optredens geven, namelijk in Rotterdam (Rotown) en Amsterdam (Melkweg Oude Zaal). Het album wordt uitgebracht op het PRSCPT-label in samenwerking met distributeur Rough Trade/PIAS en verschijnt op CD en vinyl.

De band was afgelopen weekend nog te zien om 2 uur ’s nachts in de Kelder van De Oosterpoort tijdens Noorderslag. 3Voor12 zei over hun optreden op Lowlands 2013: “Alsof hardcore en drum ’n bass – toch twee potige kerels, zullen we maar zeggen – met de koppen tegen elkaar gesmeten worden, met extreem lompe metalriffs er doorheen. Compromisloos, heerlijk smaakloos optreden.” Tijdschrift OOR vond The Hard Way één van de opvallendste acts van Lowlands, en zette de band in hun Top 10.

De drie DJ’s Thrasher, Limewax en Bong-Ra trekken al jaren volle zalen in binnen-en buitenland met hun rücksichtslose knetterharde DJ-sets. Dit is allang geen underground meer, maar een groep artiesten dat alsnog ontdekt mag worden door de mainstream media. Bandlid Limewax was ooit grondlegger van het zgn. “skullstep”, en zijn tracks liggen nog steeds regelmatig op de draaitafel bij DJ’s als Amon Tobin en Aphex Twin. Bong-Ra is vooral bekend om zijn rol in het ontwikkelen van de breakcore genre, een hybride mix van breakbeat en hardcore. BBC DJ legend John Peel ontdekte hem al in 2002. Thrasher speelde vroeger in diverse hardcore bands, en doet nu dus vocals en gitaar in The Hard Way. Hij is labelbaas van het roemruchte PRSCPT-label.
Legendarisch zijn de immer uitverkochte PRSPCT XL-feesten in de Maassilo in Rotterdam, waar een paar keer per jaar duizenden fans uit binnen-en buitenland naar toestromen. The Hard Way zet een live act neer, zoals dat nog nooit gedaan is in dit genre, en zorgt van begin tot eind tot een meer dan meeslepende performance. Dit is geen dance. Dit is keihard gaan met een visie.

De optredens zullen onderdeel uitmaken van de internationale tour die The Hard Way zal doen vanaf maart. Op 27 mei is de band nog eens te zien in Amsterdam, want dan zullen zij de aftershow van Nine Inch Nails verzorgen in de Heineken Music Hall.

www.lalalamanagement.nl/thehardway
www.thehardway.xxx

19 maart – Rotown, Rotterdam
20 maart – Melkweg OZ, Amsterdam
27 mei – Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam

Voor een preview van het album en overige info, mail naar arjo@lalalamanagement.nl // 06-16862261

20 januari 2014

Primary Talent are proud to announce the signing of THE HARD WAY.

http://www.thehardway.xxx/

THE HARD WAY is the mammoth Drum & Bass, Breakcore and Hardcore collab between three legends in the extreme electronica field : Limewax, Bong-Ra and PRSPCT label boss Thrasher, creating a huge sound on stage as well as in the studio, reflecting the current sign of the times : aggressive, nihilistic and completely ruthless.

Armed with an arsenal of breakbeats, hardcore kicks, pounding guitar riffs and distorted vocals, The Hard Way are one of the few live acts to really capture the pure rawness of Punk with the power of Electronics. There is no fancy bullshit or political message, just an explosion of energy and power. Pushing the limits of provocation, musically and visually.

These three heavyweights teamed up back in 2012, originally to tour together under the name ‘The Hard Way’ as the moniker for their sound and party endurance. The combination worked so well that they decided to jump into the studio to produce music together, bringing a total unique sound in the hardcore drum and bass genre, releasing two 12” in 2012 and 2013 and finishing their full length album for early 2014. Due out on PRSPCT, with distribution from Rough Trade, the album is set to be a complete sonic onslaught!

For bookings, please contact francesco@primarytalent.com

20 november 2013

– UK headline show at The Garage – March 8th 2014
New video for single ‘All Is Dull
– ‘All Is Dull’ released in UK on 9th December.
– New album ‘I_CON’, Out Now!
– De Staat are currently on a 27 date UK & European tour between August 2013 & January 2014
– Album track ‘Down Town’ is featured on the FIFA 2014 (EA Sports) Official Soundtrack.

Dutch 5-piece DE STAAT can now announce their latest London headline show at The Garage, on March 8th, 2014. This follows on from their hughly succesful 3 night residency at The Blackheart, Camden in Ocotober 2013.

“The pendulum like jerk of the music takes hold…it’s quirky, pounding and infectious” – Kerrang Magazine ( 4/5)

“The bluesy, Black Keys hooks give an early indication as to how the five-piece have become one of Holland’s best loved bands” – The Fly Magazine

“They’ve got the songs to back it all up” – Classic Rock Magazine (7/10)

As front man Torre explains: Who knew, that after playing the same London venue three times in one month, we’d be missing you already. The urge came back, it’s itching again. So let’s scratch it good by returning to the UK.

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DE STAAT can also reveal the brand new video for single ‘All Is Dull’.

‘All Is Dull’ is featured in Q Magazine’s “5 Songs To Hear This Week” on www.QTheMusic.com
“All Is Dull commandeers The Black Keys’ bluesy stomp, re-deploying it with deadpan charm. Like many a trip to Amsterdam, this is music to lose your inhibitions to.” – Qthemusic.com

The band have also made a video for ‘Down Town’ as featured on the EA FIFA 14 game soundtrack (across all formats).

Delving even just a ‘little’ deeper though reveals DE STAAT as one of the most exciting, undiscovered gems in European music. Front man Torre Florim worked with the likes of Vance Powell (legendary, multi Grammy award winning mixer from Nashville, Jack White’s right hand man) and Ben Newman.

Where previous album ‘Machinery’ was very much a guitar driven record, ‘I_CON’ thrives on a much more synth and sci-fi soundtrack infused beating heart, with African rhythms, happy hardcore, trap-influences and weird sounds also helping create its sound. Pooling influences from world music, 80’s rock/dance cross over like Talking Heads, science fiction sound tracks, House music, the dark story telling of the likes of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and so much more. ‘I_CON’ is an album to discover, be blown away by and repeatedly get lost in, marking DE STAAT out as one of 2013’s most exciting new discoveries.


8th March 2014 – The Garage, London

DE STAAT are:
Torre Florim – vocals, guitar
Jop van Summeren – bass, vocals
Rocco Hueting – percussion, synths, guitar, vocals
Vedran Mircetic – guitar / Tim van Delft – drums

www.destaat.net

13 november 2013

Germany has given a warm welcome to Death Letters and their last album Common Prayers. Metal Hammer praised them for their “limitless qualities” – OX called this album an “absolute recommendation”. After doing a great festival season, including Haldern Festival, and supporting bands like Jimmy Eat World, Rival Schools and And So I Watch You From Afar on the bigger German stages, it’s time again to do it on their own. In February 2014 Death Letters will do a 5-date tour throughout Germany:

17-feb-14 DE Saarbrücken Garage Club
18-feb-14 DE Köln U2
19-feb-14 DE Frankfurt 11-er
20-feb-14 DE Berlin Monarch
21-feb-14 DE Hamburg Molotow Bar

Joining them will be Belgian rock band Steak Number Eight

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3 oktober 2013

Amsterdam, 3 oktober 2013

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‘Firestarter’ TORRE FLORIM wint TAX VIDEOCLIP PRIJS op NFF 2013

Gisterenavond (woensdagavond 2 oktober 2013) werd tijdens het Nederlands Film Festival bekend gemaakt dat de videoclip van ‘Firestarter’ TORRE FLORIM de TAX VIDEOCLIP PRIJS heeft gewonnen.
De prijs werd uitgereikt aan regisseur Andres Fouché tijdens de NFF ONLINE AWARDS avond. De vakjury bestond uit Sander van de Pavert (programmamaker, bedenker Lucky TV), William Linders (content director bij UPC), Tamara Vuurmans (creatief producer bij Viewpoint Productions), Lize Korpershoek (tekenaar en filmmaker) en David Kleijwegt (journalist en regisseur).

Bekijk de videoclip via deze link:


‘Firestarter’ is een cover van The Prodigy, uitgevoerd door Torre Florim (bekend van DE STAAT).
De song is afkomstig van de in oktober 2012 op Cloud 9 Music verschenen compilatie: Acoustic Dance Sessions. Op deze verzamelaar staan diverse covers van bekende Dance hits, uitgevoerd door diverse artiesten zoals Triggerfinger, Epica, Shary-An, Kensington en Rigby.

10 september 2013

DE STAAT announce a 3 day, UK live residency at The Black Heart in Camden / Launch video for ‘Devils Blood’

– New album ‘I_CON’, released on September 16th
– UK headline date residency at The Black Heart Sept 23rd,
Sept 30th and October 14th
– New video for single ‘Devil’s Blood’ can be seen here – http://youtu.be/AgObLNPlBzY
– Album track “Down Town” will be included in EA FIFA 2014
– Huge European tour began in August 2013 and ends January 2014

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Dutch 5-piece DE STAAT announce a 3-date residency at The Black Heart in Camden (London) on September 23rd, September 31st and October 14th. As front man Torre explains this unique experience for the band: “London, being vibrant and exciting every time, made us ask this question: What would happen if we play the same place, on the same day in the week, at the same time, for three weeks? We’ve never done something like this in the five years of our existence. I’d want to see that. All three times.”

These will be their first and ONLY shows in 2013, but look out for more live announcements in the coming months for DE STAAT in 2014. The band began a HUGE European wide, 5 month tour in August, which runs until January 2014.

The band can also reveal their brand new video for single ‘Devils Blood’, which will be released October 14th, on the day of their final London show and couple of weeks after the release of new studio album ‘I_CON’, released on September 16th.

“Devils Blood’ video can be seen here

DE STAAT also have a band made video for the album track ‘Passenger’ which can be seen here

Delving even just a ‘little’ deeper though reveals DE STAAT as one of the most exciting, undiscovered gems in European music. Front man Torre Florim worked with the likes of Vance Powell (legendary, multi Grammy award winning mixer from Nashville, Jack White’s right hand man) and Ben Newman (London artist, created the beautiful, totem pole artwork for ‘I_CON’) but as with previous recordings, the sonic vision for the bands output was very much both laid down by Torre. This was both through a year and a half pre production, writing, rehearsing and demo’ing AND with having Torre behind the production desk (with Attie Baauw as engineer).

Recorded in just 12 days at Black Box studio in the west of France, ‘I_CON’ is a majestic, multi-layered, warm and varied album. Where previous album ‘Machinery’ was very much a guitar driven record, ‘I_CON’ thrives on a much more synth and sci-fi soundtrack infused beating heart, with African rhythms, happy hardcore, trap-influences and weird sounds also helping create its sound. Pooling influences from world music, 80’s rock/dance cross over like Talking Heads, science fiction sound tracks, House music, the dark story telling of the likes of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and so much more. ‘I_CON’ is an album to discover, be blown away by and repeatedly get lost in, marking DE STAAT out as one of 2013’s most exciting new discoveries.

Full ‘I_CON’ track listings:
1. My Bad / 2. All Is Dull
3. Build That, Buy That / 4. Devil’s Blood
5. Witch Doctor / Get It Together
7. Refuge / 8. Make Way For The Passenger
9. Input Source Select / 10. I’ll Take You
11. Down Town / 12. Wonderer
13. The Inevitable End

UK live dates:
3-date residency at The Black Heart in Camden
Sept 23rd, Sept 30th and October 14th

DE STAAT are:
Torre Florim – vocals, guitar
Jop van Summeren – bass, vocals
Rocco Hueting – percussion, synths, guitar, vocals
Vedran Mircetic – guitar / Tim van Delft – drums

26 juni 2013

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De Staat maakt albumtitel en albumcover bekend

“We zijn allemaal zowel iconen als oplichters. iedereen heeft wel ergens een profiel van zichzelf aangemaakt dat slechts een beperkt deel van zijn of haar werkelijkheid laat zien. We laten alleen dat deel van onszelf zien dat het beste werkt.” (Torre Florim)

Twee jaar na het verschijnen van ‘Machinery’ komt op 16 september het derde album I_CON uit op Cool Green Recordings/Mascot Label Group. I_CON staat bol van de hedendaagse iconen en oplichters: kwakzalvers, uitsmijters, junks, talentenjagers en duivels. Kleurrijke figuranten, gevangen in een mix van Afrikaanse ritmes, gabber, sci-fi-achtige synths, trap-invloeden en weirde geluiden. Volkomen herkenbaar als De Staat, maar toch ook weer niet door de nieuwe elementen die de band heeft toegevoegd aan hun immer authentieke sound. Waar voorganger Machinery echt een gitaarplaat was, horen we op I_CON zwierige synthesizers die doen denken aan science fiction-films uit de jaren 80.
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Ook dit keer legde Torre de basis voor alle composities. Na een lange periode van gezamenlijk schaven aan de nieuwe nummers in zowel Torre’s eigen studio als de oefenruimte, reisde de band af naar de Black Box studio in West-Frankrijk. Nadat de opnames waren afgerond, vertrok Torre naar Nashville, Tennessee, waar hij getuige was van de mix-methodes van Grammy Award-winnaar Vance Powell. De kale, grijs bebaarde technicus, tevens de rechterhand van Jack White en verantwoordelijk voor het analoge geluid van o.a. The Raconteurs, bleek enthousiast over de band. “Ik had een Top 5 gemaakt van engineers waarmee ik wilde werken, en Vance stond bovenaan. Ik heb hem gemaild, hij luisterde gelijk naar de muziek die ik hem had gestuurd, en zei ‘let’s do it!’. Voor de hoes van I_CON werd een beroep gedaan op de Londense kunstenaar Ben Newman. Zijn totempaalprent is exemplarisch voor het gevoel en de sound van de derde plaat van De Staat: kleurrijk, boeiend en veelzijdig.

De Staat debuteerde in 2009 met ‘Wait for Evolution’ en kwam in 2011 met het album ‘Machinery’. Al snel na ‘Wait for Evolution’ stonden ze al op de grotere podia en festivals zoals Lowlands en Pinkpop, maar ook internationaal op festivals als Sziget en Glastonbury (UK). Het album werd bekroond met diverse awards, en zowel in 2011 als in 2012 ontving de band de 3FM Award voor Best Alternative Act.

Vanaf september gaat De Staat ook weer op tour. De kick-off is in hometown Nijmegen met twee shows in Doornroosje.

5 juni 2013

Dutch band Death Letters have been chosen to be the supporting act for Jimmy Eat World in Berlin, on 19 June in Astra. Also American post-hardcore band Texas Is The Reason have asked Death Letters to support them on two dates of their final farewell tour, on 29 and 30 July in Köln and Wiesbaden. This is the kick-off of a very nice, hopefully warm and extremely German summer for this young rock duo from The Netherlands.

The band will be playing at several summer festivals in Germany as well, including Haldern Festival on 10 August. Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg has confirmed the band for their line-up in September.


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Last February Death Letters have released their album “Common Prayers” (Silent Voice Records/Redfield Records), which was praised by magazines like Metal Hammer and OX Fanzine.
UK blog Uberrock commented on this album:
“Duende’s head has somehow culminated in what could well be his career defining album. Death Letters are a band who seemingly reinvent their sound with each album as they grow and mature, and with ‘Common Prayers’ they have created an atmospheric work of art that deserves attention from all the right places. An essential release for 2013.”

German tour dates:

19 June Berlin – Astra Support for Jimmy Eat World
25 July München – Ahoi München Rock
26 july Grossefehn – Omas Teich Festival
27 July Berlin – Greenville Music Festival
29 July Köln – Stollwerck Support for Texas Is The Reason
30 July Wiesbaden – Schlachthof Support for Texas Is The Reason
10 Aug Haldern – Haldern Pop
25-29 Sept Hamburg – Reeperbahn Festival

Watch their video “We Chant Arhythmically”

www.deathletters.net

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30 mei 2013

DE STAAT confirm new tour dates for 2013. Starting October, the band will be touring throughout Europe to present their forthcoming album.

The album was written and recorded over a long period of time, partly at band leader and producer Torre Florim’s home studio and at a distant studio on the countryside of France. Torre has spent the last two weeks in Nashville with Vance Powell, known for his work for most of Jack White’s projects, mixing the new tracks.
“Vance is a really cool guy, extremely relaxed and a real expert.” Torre tells us about his time in Nashville. “I asked him to work with us, and he was really excited to do it. I am very happy with the results and incredibly proud of this new record.”
About the new album he tells us: “There are a lot of influences on this one. From 80’ science fiction to African music, urban stuff, etc.. And a lot of rock ‘n’ roll of course… It’s been such a weird process. At a certain point I didn’ t really have a clue anymore of what I was doing. But actually, then you’re at your best.”

Moving on from the studio to the concert stages… “I’m excited to play the new stuff, it will be fresh, weird and danceable.” Torre remarks. “And, together with the other records, we now have 3 very different palettes to choose from. We’ll be painting your ears with bright scary primary colors. And I am excited. Very. Much. OK.”

DE STAAT’s debut album “Wait For Evolution” was released in 2009. The album was well-received on an international level, which took this great live band to international festivals like Glastonbury, Iceland Airwaves, SXSW, Sziget and Exit. “Machinery” was their second album, released in 2011. For their live shows, the band brought a huge machine on stage, pumping like a huge analogue drum machine from the 19th century.

“De Staat have the rattly, locomotive energy of The Hives of The Monks, with a home-tooled funkiness all of their own” – Word Magazine” (UK)
“Consistently tuneful and admirably adventurous.” – The Guardian (UK)
“De Staat are the discovery of Bristol’s Dot to Dot festival” – efestivals.co.uk (UK)

Confirmed tour dates

19-9-13 NL Nijmegen Doornroosje
17-10-13 NL Groningen Vera
18-10-13 NL Eindhoven Effenaar
19-10-13 NL Bergen op Zoom Poppodium Gebouw-T
20-10-13 NL Deventer Burgerweeshuis

25-10-13 NL Den Haag Paard van Troje
26-10-13 NL Amsterdam Melkweg
1-11-13 DE Lingen Alter Schlachthof
2-11-13 DK Copenhagen BETA
3-11-13 DE Hamburg Hafenklang
4-11-13 DE Berlin Crystal Club
5-11-13 DE München Strøm
7-11-13 DE Köln Blue Shell
8-11-13 CH Winterthür Kraftfeld
9-11-13 NL Enschede Atak
11-11-13 DE Stuttgart Goldmarks
12-11-13 DE Hannover Lux
13-11-13 DE Oberhausen Walzenlagerkino
14-11-13 NL Rotterdam Corso
15-11-13 NL Zwolle Hedon (locatie IJsselhallen)
16-11-13 NL Hilversum Podium de Vorstin
22-11-13 DE Aachen Musikbunker
23-11-13 DE Konstansz Kulturladen
28-11-13NL Breda Mezz
30-11-13 NL Sneek Het Bolwerk
5-12-13 NL Middelburg De Spot
7-12-13 NL Dordrecht Bibelot
12-12-13 NL Arnhem Luxor Live
13-12-13 NL Amersfoort Podium De Kelder
14-12-13 NL Den Bosch W2 Poppodium
20-12-13 NL Hengelo Metropool

2014
23-1-14 NL Utrecht Tivoli
24-1-14 NL Heerlen Nieuwe Nor
25-1-14 NL Ulft Dru Cultuurfabriek
30-1-14 NL Haarlem Patronaat

For all information, press requests, interviews, etc., please contact

Mascot Records – Ben Hofland
ben@mascotlabelgroup.com
Tel: +31 (0)10-5120384

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