Sommerloch

by DER BAYER

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released December 20, 2012

For those uninclined to believe that the Middle Ages, Victorian England, or a coffin would have been better times or places to live in than the present, the more stereotypical accessories of Gothic culture have always been hard to face without a giggle. Armed with a cheap keyboard, occasional metal percussion, extremely limited musical capabilities, and a big deal of irony, Der Bayer set out in 1995 to take the piss out of Gothic and Industrial culture’s more pathetic sides.

Ironically, quite a few of the things they caricatured on their ultra-limited self-released cassette, which is properly issued here for the first time with 7 previously unreleased tracks and a remix by new labelmate elektrojudas, are still valid targets for biting commentary today. Taking on issues from snobbish “neo-classicism” (the Goethe lyrics on “Der Erlkönig”) and the pompousness of Laibach et al. (“Ljubljana”) to the flirt with the occult (“Prayer” - to Satan, of course!) and fascism (“Hitler Was a Rock’n’Roll Star”), Der Bayer’s parodistic English and German lyrics and uncharacteristic hilariousness in the face of an all-too-often elitist subcultural scene still bring home their point that while it’s the music that really should count, there is no music that couldn’t be ruined by bad politics or moronic posturing.

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