posted October 31, 2008Tweet
With their groundbreaking, catchy and explosive rock 18th Dye earned great recognition in the international music press during the '90s, with albums Done (1992), Crayon (1993), Tribute to a Bus (1995) and Left (B-Sides and Rarities) (1999). They toured all over the US and Europe and left a mark which inspired a vast number of bands. With their new album, 'Amorine Queen,' (November 11th on Crunchy Frog Records) they continue their intensive work, which doesn't just thrill the fans from ten years ago, but also carries away a new audience - a fact that's hard to miss at their recent shows.
From 1992 to 1998, the band was signed to Matador Records, and toured with Stereolab and Yo la Tengo, amongst others, also recording with legendary producer Steve Albini. They completed three BBC Peel sessions (the only Danish band to do that) and scored several Top 10 hits on the English indie charts while receiving attention on the CMJ chart in the US. After having released the album 'Tribute to a Bus' and after extensive touring in Europe and the US, 18th Dye stopped playing and it was not until 2005, at VibraCrunch07 Festival, that they began playing live again. In the last couple of years the band has made their sound heard at selected shows and small tours in Denmark and Germany, including appearances in 2007 at the legendary Rockpalast TV-show, the Berlin-based Summerize Festival, the Danish Spot Festival, and, this year, performed at the largest Scandinavian music festival, Roskilde, in front of packed crowds.
A lot has happened in the lives of the three 18th Dye members in the time away from the band. Part Danish, part German Heike Rädeker spent time playing in several bands including Wuhling that was signed to Touch and Go/City Slang. She now lives in Berlin were she owns and runs the design furniture store Stue, made famous by the Louis Vuitton and Wallpaper guide books. Danish Piet Breinholm has been busy in the meantime too; together with the third 18th Dye member, Sebastian, he formed the electronic duo Test and toured with several Danish bands including Rhonda Harris, Speaker Bite Me and Varano. Piet is also a designer and runs the bag company "Piet Breinholm - The Last Bag," that sells its products in Berlin, Paris, London and New York. German Sebastian Büttrich has toured with Lise Westzynthius and Speaker Bite Me. Now all three are together once again: 18th Dye!
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