Dutch electronic rockers announce UK tour for February 2019
New single KITTY KITTY is out now
Album BUBBLE GUM set for January 18th 2019 release
Dutch five piece De Staat have announced a UK headline tour for February 2019. Tickets are on-sale now for the following shows;
05/02/19 Norwich Waterfront
06/02/19 Nottingham Bodega
07/02/19 Newcastle O2 Academy 2
08/02/19 Glasgow King Tut’s
09/02/19 Manchester Band on the Wall
11/02/19 Bristol Thekla
12/02/19 London Borderline
The band have also released the video for brand new single KITTY KITTY. The track is taken from their forthcoming fifth studio album Bubble Gum, which is being released through Caroline International on January 18th, 2019.
The album’s massive lead single couldn’t serve as a better primer. Not only does Bubble Gum’s KITTY KITTY's labyrinthine five-minutes & 56-seconds boast a gigantic, bubbling bassline, it also boldly attempts to capture the conflicting arguments transpiring on the global political stage right now. “That song is very much based on when Trump arrived,” explains Torre. “It’s a collection of words and sentences which came into my head during that campaign – it’s about the creation of different groups in society and how they’re completely in their own bubble.”
Which is an idea at the heart of De Staat’s new album: “As it always goes when I write, at a certain point I notice a theme,” reflects Torre. “And in this case almost every song – in a different way – is about feeling like you’re in a bubble. It’s the new religion, people very much believe in their own bubble: the information they want to have they’ll get, and the information they don’t like, they’re not open to it.”
“I know our music goes all over the place,” laughs De Staat vocalist, lyricist and rhythm guitarist Torre Florim. “You don’t want to know how often we’ve heard from the industry, ‘We can’t categorise you!’ I’m sorry, but we can’t do anything else – to me, this is exactly what we need to do…”
He needn’t apologise...
In the best way possible, De Staat are a band opening the floodgates to an intoxicating, even dizzying, array of genres. Not that this is particularly unusual for them, mind; it’s been woven into their DNA since day one.
First envisioned by Torre in 2006 as something of a challenge to himself – before there was a group, there was a one-man project in Nijmegen, Holland. “I was making so much music, all different kinds,” grins Torre. “I just wanted to see if I could make something that sounded like one thing!” Having wrangled said sounds together, that ‘one thing’ would soon become known as De Staat – translated as ‘The State’ – and their 2009 debut, Wait For Evolution. With a line-up completed by lead guitarist Vedran Mircetic, bassist Jop van Summeren, multi-instrumentalist Rocco Hueting and drummer Tim van Delft, what De Staat have achieved since those fledgling days is remarkable. Across three more colourful albums, 2011’s Machinery, 2013’s I_Con and 2016’s O, De Staat have established a chameleonic brand of rock that is wholly their own – a band who cite the influence of everyone from Talking Heads, Rihanna, and Nine Inch Nails to Radiohead, Michael Jackson, Run-DMC and Soulwax. And more and more people are noticing them because of it – including the Rolling Stones and Muse, who the band have supported on tour in the past two years.
As for the old lingering criticism that De Staat don’t fit into a box? Torre has a theory on that… “If we did I think we’d be a boring-ass band,” he smiles. “We’re now at a point where we’re very relaxed because we really know who we are. There’s always something in our music that’s interesting, and if there’s a song you really hate? That’s your bubble, man. To me, that’s a lot more inspiring than something you just find to be OK!”
Amen to that.
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