Far removed from the average and in their own dark world of electro post-punk, is Das Fluff. The band, based between London and Berlin, have just released their fourth studio album on the 20th September, entitled ‘Anxiety Dreams’. Think Boomerang-era The Creatures, with terrifying social commentary, visions of the apocalypse and a touch of tongue-in-cheek humour.
Das Fluff is a band with a strong sense of artistic vision; if you haven’t already heard them, you will pick up on this within about 15 seconds of the first track ‘Millennial’ – an incredibly addictive attack on today’s materialistic, selfish youth which you’ll love to hate. It’s clever stuff to write a song which so unsparingly berates much of the audience but has everyone (me, included) singing along anyway.
‘Millennial’ is the most stand-out track in style on Anxiety Dreams, sounding more like an ’80’s electro-pop anthem in comparison to the rest of the album which takes a much darker turn (although definitely not for the worse). The track that follows – title track ‘Anxiety Dreams’ – is mesmerizing, theatrical and uncomfortable, as vocalist Dawn Lintern ponders her own place amongst both her audience and the music scene.
“‘I’m surrounded by self-seekers/ Self-lovers, big talkers/ Dreamers, fakers/ Attention-winners/ Would-be sinners/ Am I one of them/ Do I fit in?’”
Bubbling with barely suppressed contempt is ‘Bleed Me Dry’, with thunderous drums intimidating through a sneered “everything they say about you, is true” directed at a former friend. This same anger detonates with ‘Animal’; a synth-laden modern twist on the obligatory punk ‘government vs. the people’ track. By this point, Anxiety Dreams has established itself as something that might emerge from a debaucherous meeting between Bauhaus, Bowie and Nine Inch Nails; but it’s a bold statement of a sound which Das Fluff fully owns.
Showing a softer side is the kaleidoscopic swirl for the senses that is ‘Ringmaster’. Going back to Siouxsie Sioux/The Creatures as a reference point, ‘Ringmaster’ is a compelling, rich serenade and a firm favourite of mine on Anxiety Dreams: “I keep you under lock and key, you are sent to me”.
The first Das Fluff album I have come into contact with, I can’t help but think of Anxiety Dreams as a masterpiece of an album, as vicious as it is haunting and hypnotic. By the time the final track ‘Supervolcano’ – a warning and premonition of the apocalypse – ends, I am sold. Das Fluff is more than an atypical post-punk band and both my eyes are looking out for more tour dates in the UK.
Anxiety Dreams is out now! For more information visit the Das Fluff website here.