The Red Bull Music x CTM high-voltage closing concert will act as a grand finale to the festival’s 10-day marathon of musical Turmoil.
And no band epitomizes such turmoil more than legendary techno-primitivists Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft or DAF. Formed in 1978, the group consists of Gabriel "Gabi" Delgado-López on vocals and Robert Görl on percussion & electronics. With a stripped-down mix of aggressive militant beats, minimal synth lines, and expressive vocals, they created a style that is as cold, calculated, and uncompromising as it is corporeal, arousing, and hedonistic. Little did they know this would end up providing a new blueprint for electronic dance music for generations to follow.
Opening the night, Berlin-via-NYC & LA darkwave outfit Bestial Mouths combines pumping industrial synth lines with raw, fearless vocals that range from operatic, extended-technique furies to shouted monologues. Their bewitching music takes audiences on a dialectical journey juxtaposing consciousness and unconsciousness.
Provocation, taboos, and the subverting of expectations have always been at the core of DAF’s campy enactment of totalitarian manoeuvres, lustrous hard-bodied sex, arty abstractions, and politically-charged mockery. In their own words, “We make music for the booty and for the brain. Music that is rhythmic and intelligent at the same time. The main thing is that it makes you move.”
The bewitching music of neo-goth advocates Bestial Mouths takes audiences on a dialectical journey juxtaposing consciousness and unconsciousness. Vocalist Lynette Cerezo recounts soul-shaking visions with anecdotal abstractions from her personal past, invoking the darkest depths of the human condition.