[dropcap]Drangsal[/dropcap] hails from Herxheim bei Landau, from the German federal state Rhineland-Palatinate. Not the likeliest place to find tunes that give massive callbacks to A Flock of Seagulls, Young Marble Giants or early The Cure, but that is certainly just the bias of a Berliner, so don’t listen to my words. Listen to this tune instead.
Max Gruber, the man behind the project, calls his music Brachialpop – translated brute pop, falling into a field with bands like XTR Human, Die Nerven, unhappybirthday or Bleib Modern. Young Germans and melancholic Indie Pop in the wake of early 80s New Wave heroes is a promising thing these days, and Drangsal don’t make an exception.
The video was directed by Maximilian Wiedenhöfer and is an excellently produced must-watch.
Allan Align marks the first single of the project and is pioneering Harieschaim, Drangsal‘s full-length debut album, out on Caroline International. The single and the album can be purchased on iTunes digitally—Vinyl and CD releases of the Harieschaim can be pre-ordered on amazon.