SOUL BONDAGE DELUXE
on acid, Pop mixed with strange sounds loops… the DDB are flirting
with lots of different genres and atmospheres with their varied instrumentation :
acoustic, electronic, sound effects, samples for a surprising –and
sometimes even disconcerting- result. They have an indisputable talent
for songwriting and arrangements, every song is an hallucinogenic
and in a world of their own, the more « glam-sleazy-psyche-fuzz »
R’n’R band re-invent themselves : minimal, visceral
and subliminal !
new record by the DDB will be only half-new for those who bought last
year's 10’’ and 7’’ vinyl releases but it
still is a must-buy. Their tours with the Make Up and Andre Williams
have left some traces, this modern electro pop album covers new grounds
and even flirts with Propellerheads’style soundtrack music on
« Bubblegum ».
Mixing soul, groove
and electro in a rock deconstruction enterprise, the DDB invent the
Third Millenium Twist with an invigorating nonchalance.
a handful of founder albums, the DDB take off their dark shades and
renew their conception of R’n’R. This C.D mixes the genres
(garage, psyche, soul) and diverts their codes, right in its Time
but with a retro futurist side like a cheap and off-the-track science
atmospheres and songwriting but with Jon Spencer BX’s style
experiments, Pop harmonies but with a punk approach.
explicit title and sleeve, two porno movies' sountracks, a record
label called Vicious Circle, the DDB seem obsessed by the epileptic
motions of bodies, the sweat of the flesh, the coupling of different
kinds ! It's no wonder then that their poppers-filled rock jump on
tables, exhibit its most secret parts and invites moog, trumpet and
turntables'scratching to an orgy on the decrepit carpet of the Blues
! The DDB have the complete control of their instruments and take
their libidinous music to extreme positions. Every song of "Soul
Bondage Deluxe" is an electric and eclectic mini-orgasm, a stimulation
of the G-point (G as in groove) ! Their astonishing over-vitality
borders on priapism and calls for bromide rather than viagra as prescription
the DDB make you a hi-fi demonstration of what modern rock'n'roll
is all about", this record's intro says it all ! You can re-generate
R'n'R without looking backwards, the Make-up, beck or Jon Spencer
have demonstrated this and this combo from Nice understood it too.
Rather than lying low in their psychedelic garage, they have chosen
to fly high and go to Space to meet "Nude women on the moon"
with their "dancable revolution".
name comes from a Iggy Pop song about the Stooges. What's the connection
? Well, like the god-fathers of Punk in their time, those four dudes
have a special place on the rock scene, "Soul Bondage Deluxe",
their new album, is a sonic flying saucer, a compilation of variuos
references to the underground music of the last forty years. Mixing,
with an astonishing and really seducing cohesion, garage rock, 60's
echoes, fuzzbox, psychedelic moog, electro cha-cha, funky beats but
also the ghosts of Johnny Thunders, Suicide and Pierre Henry. Their
electro-noisy-hip hop a lula metdown will be a real shakedown Live
BUBBLEGUM 7 ‘‘ :
ELECTRONIC POP MUSIC
DDB have a true vision and their music don’t owe anything to
nobody. Their songwriting goes straight to the bone and doesn't get
lost trying to follow others’ paths. They are still passionate
about oustiders, inner wounds and outer space music. Their fascinating
last album put them very high in our pantheon, close to the very best.
and groove added to their noisy sound makes this their best album
yet. The best French band in action without contest.
dance and fun, out of this world style and class, samples and electronic,
rock and trash !
to out-of-the-ordinary gigs like playing in sex shops, gas station
or art galleries and new experiences like writing soundtracks for
porno movies…the DDB are back with their melodic and electronic
pop with a psychedelic edge.
recorded but with a perfect sound (no lo-fi !), great songs,
Charles Manson as cover star, a lot of class, heart and soul, their
best album to date.
a lot of bands lose their edge or enthousiasm, the DDB are always
on the move, looking for new territories and ideas to explore, samples,
strange sounds and electronic experiments to use and abuse. Like the
Blues Explosion, they use dancing rythms, larsens, deep voice, cool
groove and romantic melodies. With the DDB, tomorrow is already here
highly commendable record is a good chance to praise this band, going
on for nearly 10 years (this is their fifth record). Their change
of formation has made their Velvet-influenced garage evolve towards
sound experimentations. The result has an undeniable charm :
sensuous vocals, explosions of fuzz and larsen, a good dose of R’n’R,
winks to the 50's and 60's, noisy flashes, extremist attempts and
even ballads balancing between cooling down and chaos. When you learn
that this treasure has been recorded in their flat with a 4-track
cassette recorder, you can only deplore the lack of imagination of
major companies, putting huge sums of money on phony products while
ignoring great bands like the DDB.
luck seems to pursue them : too wild for 60’s rock amateurs,
too garage oriented for experimentalists. Hidden behind their legendary
dark shades and their disdainful attitude, the DDB excell in hypnotic
trance, splattered with vicious fuzz guitars. They have developed
–half seriously- the concept of « Zebraphonic »
and « Transistorised » Sound, the former allowing
tp play the music of the future with the sound of the past and the
latter allowing…the opposite ! They strip their pop melodies
to the bone and dress them again with new
clothes. Excellent !
their new album, the DDB have locked themselves in a cage with three
she-tigers in mink bondage, surrounded by their fuzzy-surf-garage
compilations, the complete discographies of Suicide, the Shangri La’s
and the V.U., new poses of arrogance, covers of Gerschwin and Jack
Starr and a 4-track ca
titles, 65 mn of music, the DDB release this week their most ambitious
album. A great summary of what they do so well but also new direction
for the more European of our bands. Having started as a psychedelic
and minimalist band (influenced by the Velvet, Suicide and Spacemen
3) they have now a wider spectrum : vivid ballads, electro noisy,
industrial, straight rock. On stage they have their caracteristic
show : hypnotic and strange atmosphere, dark shades, screams,
white lightning and stoboscopy, violent and disturbing pictures projected
behind them. They zig zag between absolute modernity and decadent
« modern style », falsely passeist.
fact that they hang around the swells of porno bisiness (they did
the soundtrack of « Pornovista », shown on Canal+)
doesn’t mean that the DDB are boys of easy virtue ! From
their tower in Nice they play the part of the incorruoptible vigils
of French garage rock. Two years after the « Hypnovista »
album, they are back on the front line, at war against their time.
By substituting their drummer for the hypnotic swing of a rythm machine,
they have gotten closer to alan Vega's Suicide.
Minimalist and hurted. Loose and terrorist. Lysergic and hazy. Dark
but wonderfully pure.