Driver & Driver


Chain D.L.K.: Hello guys. Congratulations on the release of your album. It’s one of the ones I enjoyed the most out of the latest batches I received from labels and promoters. I should explain that by saying it’s funnily “serious”! But how would you describe it in your own words?

C: I think that hits it very well! Serious Fun, an attack on artificially blown up concepts and a middle finger to the new (in my point of view) Wooshie Dooshie Music scene..

I: That’s exactly what I wanted to say…

Chain D.L.K.: When re-listening to your release, are there any issues you notice?

C: My ears… Seriously I’m happy with it… Of course you can always try work on it longer but I’m happy that we managed to record it properly and combine our live experience with the material in the studio…

I: The only thing is maybe it might be too intense, especially with this length, for untrained people it’s maybe a little much.

C: But on the other hand we wanted to release it all and start with new stuff rather than waiting to release the older songs later…

Chain D.L.K.: Would you say you’re too old for mad technoid experiments or too young for traditional rock?

C: It IS a mad experiment, the combination of our styles is something I’ve never heard before from any other band and it took a long time to to get everything together so that we both would agree on it. It is a courageous step and we definitely take it seriously, we still have a lot of ideas we want to try.

I: Neither. It is actually quite experimental in the sense that we didn’t block ideas due to any conceptual superstructure. We just threw our skills together.

Chain D.L.K.: Do you remember the very first thoughts you exchanged when you met each other?

I: We met for the first time in a club in Berlin were we played with different projects that night. We were impressed by each other’s energy. The moment I entered the venue, Patric was hanging from the ceiling.

C: What a jerk! He stole my shoes while I was hanging from the ceiling!

Chain D.L.K.: It’s not easy to categorize your style… you can say it’s a melting pot of krautrock, garage, punk, no wave, hip hop, techno and so on… any suggestions for a unambiguous definition from your side?

D&D: We thought Apocalypso Slapbackbilly might be a good term… If our music would be a pasta, it would be farfalle not to soft, just right, let’s say al dente!

Chain D.L.K.: I have to admit I don’t really like to give labels to everything, but amongst all the labels that music biz people came up with, is there one you find particularly improper or stupid? Can you explain why?

I: If there is no established brand…

C: …For a while they came up with the name Electroclash which started a new horrible movement… Fortunately it has disappeared… My all time favorite is still Gabber House…

Chain D.L.K.: When listening to “We Are The World” for reviewing it, it was impossible to me to mention DAF among sources of inspiration… songs like “Back to L.A.” stand as an ironic statement around this possible “historical” connection for the ideal friendship between Germany and America?

C: Actually I never thought of it to be honest… We made the song in America when we were working on our Lemniscate Sound installation at the Watermill Center in Long Island. Some friends of us set up a concert for us in L.A. and we were just looking forward to go and visit…

I: The story of this song is quite easy to tell; it’s just the result of a visit/concert in L.A. It’s actually not very ironic, I mean for us.

Chain D.L.K.: Maurice “Crashtextdummy” Summen in his somewhat interesting introduction of your record wisely wrote that “being a Driver means being on the guard… always on the run… always in top gear”… Have you ever been fined for excess speeding? Any car crash up to now?

P: I had one car crash in Portugal and once Imler and myself were driving on the Danish Freeway when a rock or something hit our windshield… It didn’t go through and we survived… It was a wonder, like in Pulp Fiction!

I: It’s not very glamorous to say I got fines for speeding, ignoring red lights, parking, loosing the driver’s license for alcohol reasons, etc. but of course it all happened and will probably continue to happen.

Chain D.L.K.: Who’s going to be appointed as the winner in the “Kampf in Kulturkaufhaus”?

P: There’s no winners in war… Sorry that sounds very esoteric…

I: The people who got the scariest ammo, the old structures to save power and sex, Macht und Sex…

Chain D.L.K.: What’s your favorite song if there’s any?

C: “I wanna be sedated”?

I: The whalesong from next season.

Chain D.L.K.: And the one that in your viewpoint reviewers or music writers underestimated for some reason?

I: “Family Fodder”.

P: “Dominee Dimitri” by the Euromasters on Klotzacken Records.

Chain D.L.K.: What’s the best outdoor cinema to see the world sinking like that boat?

P: “Tanz der Vampire” (Fearless Vampire Killers) or “Look Who’s Talking”…

C: “Scenes from a Marriage” by Ingmar Bergman.

Chain D.L.K.: Any anticipation on forthcoming tours or releases?

P: We are waiting for the confirmed gigs and plan to go on a European tour in march/april. There’s more in the pipeline! Also we both have solo stuff coming out. It never stops for us!

C: There’s the Driver&Driver remixes, a new Album, and some remixes we did for others…

D&D: We will survive, or we’ll live on forever in other live-forms.

Chain D.L.K.: Thanks for answering… anything to add before clicking the send button?

D&D: We are coming as friends! Obey!

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