A UFO straight out of Holland, they've landed on the world's biggest rock stages, showcasing their unique and completely madcap style. Far from the electronic music with which their compatriots have become accustomed to flooding the world, De Staat blow a breath of fresh air over sounds that borrow from the greatest follies of the 80s.
De Staat is a finger in the eye of those who like to pigeonhole music. Singer and band leader Torre Florim readily explains, "I don't have any particular genre. I like a lot of different things, and even if there's something I really hate, it inspires me", he adds, "If we fit into a box, we'd be a really boring band!
Finally accompanied by his four bandmates, it's clear that they're not here to string pearls. Talking Heads, Rihanna, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Michael Jackson, Run-DMC and Soulwax - you'll hear it all if you listen carefully. And while you might expect a merry mess, it sounds surprisingly right. As on Pikachu, where the electro-leaning rhythm is as light as it is heavy, as danceable as it is brutal. As on Numbers Up, where you can almost hear disco under the chanted refrains.
On stage, on the other hand, it could not have been anything other than the expected joyous mess. With an acute sense of style - patterned tuxedos, mullet haircuts and K-way dresses - and boundless energy, they take their audience, who are not at all confused, into their universe where everything blends together. There's no doubt that De Staat are the greatest alchemists of their generation!
On stage, however, it couldn't have been anything other than the expected joyous mess. With an acute sense of style - patterned tuxedos, mullet haircuts and K-way dresses - and boundless energy, they take their audience, who are not at all confused, into their universe where everything blends together. There's no doubt that De Staat are the greatest alchemists of their generation!
In the beginning, it was a one-man project. Torre Florim launched De Staat solo, in his small town of Nijmegen. But he soon gathered other musicians around him to record a first demo that was already a melting pot of influences. Within a year, the band was gaining in popularity and released its debut album, Wait for Evolution, in 2009. From then on, things went from strength to strength, and they were booked all over Europe.
De Staat may have gained a certain notoriety over the years, but it's a video that's going to blow them away. On Witch Doctor, with its pounding rhythm, Torre Florim is surrounded by a crowd of computer-generated men who run around him like rabid devils. It's a tribute to circle pits that catapults the band into the limelight, with audiences reproducing the clip at the band's concerts. The following year, the consecration was complete: just after the release of their fourth album, O, the band set off on a stadium tour in the company of the legends of Muse.
No new album for De Staat in 2022, but a concept. Naturally, the band couldn't resist thinking outside the box. No album, then, but a collection of color-coded tracks released throughout the year. Red for the dark, aggressive stuff, yellow for the more upbeat, danceable tracks, blue for the melodic, introspective lyrics. With this, "you can create all the colors you want, can't you?" asks Florim with a touch of mischief to the journalists. The true nature of these drip-fed singles is revealed, De Staat is not about to fit into any boxes, even those he has created himself.