Freudstein cast a dark and malicious shadow over electronic music. Bizarre magazine even go so far as describe them as having 'found a new sound, one that combines the atmosphere of classic horror soundtracks with modern electronic music'. But this is no B-movie project, this Brighton duo mean serious business.
Freudstein take their listeners on dark melodic journeys of highly focused anger and morbidity. One minute they're veering between Aphex Twin and Orbital territories, the next minute it's dark EBM and then it's a blistering breakbeat-driven guitar track making Atari Teenage Riot and The Prodigy sound like corporate pop losers. These guys are true originals!
This is a band who think nothing of wiring themselves up whilst being hassled by the Job Centre for long term unemployment, only to sarcastically release the whole sorry affair on their album under the title 'A message from our sponsors'.
And what to make of the maverick band live? Freudstein highjack the rules of live electronica, stepping out from behind their on-stage machines to present an awestruck audience with a radically different set at each and every gig. One minute they might throw themselves into the crowd with flailing limbs and pounding beats, the next they might sing slow melancholy electro-songs; you just never know what to expect. And if this were not enough, not only do they regularly swap instruments on stage, but their performances have previously featured guest vocalists, including Liz from Swarf and Amon from Arkham Asylum. They've also been known to perform with their very own erotic dancers, ironically called The Freudettes.
Previous gigs have included playing London's Slimelight, The Underworld, the Eurorock festival in Belgium, Rhythms of the World festival, and UK's top dark electronic festival Black Celebration at the LA2.
Since releasing their debut album 'Mondo Freudo', the band have been lost in the depths of their laboratory creating an alchemy of songs for their follow-up album. Tentatively titled 'Mass Market Misery', the band's new album promises to be a harder, darker affair and will surely cement their reputation as one of the most exciting and talented bands around today.
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'The duo have found a new sound, one that combines the atmosphere of classic horror soundtracks with modern electronic music. Their album 'Mondo Freudo' is testament to this, with its orchestral strings, manic arpeggios and whispered vocals - they're not afraid to experiment at the expense of the listener's mind.'
'...if Alec Empire scored a few obscure Italian slasher flicks, then they'd undoubtedly sound akin to Freudstein. Shifting from dark AFX Twin / DJ Shadow style sound voyages to techno-metal...'
'Mondo Freudo is as beautiful and twisted as it's artwork suggests it will be and clearly a labour of love, in the most perverse sense of the word. The intricacy of the production and attention to detail down to every last squelch and string stab is what makes instrumental pieces like "The Only Thing" or the horror-obssessed pounding closing number "Mark of the Devil" so much more effective than they'd be in the hands of a lot of today's bedroom MIDI noodlers. It's as if they're soundtracks for some seriously surreal, disgusting and bleak Mondo movies from the 22nd century.'
'This is a real original. Constantly fascinating, deliciously morose at times, sometimes misguided and packed with moments of impressive flair...Live This Lie is a darkly sublime and unconventional opener and sets the tone for the highlights of the rest of this thought-provoking debut...Even two years on, this remains the best Wasp Factory release to date.'
'The musical variety on here is huge, it goes from thumping industrial monsters like 'Punkid', to the mellow guitar, piano and strings driven instrumental track 'The Only Thing'. Another quality release from Wasp Factory and probably one of the most varied. Buy this, listen to it and be converted to the sound of Freudstein.'
'If anyone ever made a snuff version of the Rocky horror show, this would be the soundtrack. A sick and twisted world of quite possibly the most bizarre recording you're ever likely to hear. Mondo Freudo is unlike anything you've ever heard before, or are likely to hear in the future. A twisted journey of everything your parents ever warned you about....Special mention must be made of 'Filthy little Whore part 1' purely on the basis that if you can listen to this and not be disturbed by it, you're quite clearly mad already. This is pure psychosis, and should come with a warning label. Insanity was never so inviting.'
MASS MARKET MISERY (available 2004)
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