New Band of The Day: De Staat
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A few weeks back we were crammed into a Kensington basement bar confronted by a made bunch of Dutch dudes – those dudes were De Staat, the madcap and insanely infectious alt-heroes of the Netherlands. It was quite a show, a genre-defying display packed with catchy riffs and humour. Blues rock, electro-pop and funk all rolled into one. They even played a car steering-wheel as an instrument! This rag-tag bunch started in 2006 and have risen to ‘national treasure’ status in their homeland. Their latest album, I CON, which dropped at the end of 2013 was produced in partnership with Vance Powell, who has previously worked with Jack White and The Raconteurs – fans of this stuff will find something to love in De Staat. Already having laid waste to venue and festival stages internationally De Staat are poised to take over the world.