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BITTEREINDER release new album DANS TOT DIE DOOD

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Today sees the official release of BITTEREINDER’s fourth album, entitled 'DANS TOT DIE DOOD'.



The album was completed over the course of two months of consistent work in the middle of 2015. Produced by the band themselves (as with all their previous work), most of the songs were written during a week-long retreat in the mountains of Mpumalanga, where the three BITTEREINDER boys were isolated from society and even the internet, focused exclusively on the writing and the music. The album was mixed by Peach van Pletzen at Sleeproom Studio in Pretoria.



Released precisely a year after their previous album, 'Skerm', DTDD contains an interesting progression in sound, featuring new ways of weaving human qualities into electronic music, a classic BITTEREINDER trait. Their first three albums each took two years to complete, with lengthy and dispersed production sessions, but with DTDD the songs were bursting to be written and the band produced a new body of work in a heightened and accelerated state of inspiration. The classic BITTEREINDER criteria are still prominent: conscious rap, lots of big beats made for bonsing, and powerful melodious choruses made for singing along - they still are Die Dinkdansmasjien.



As the lyrical and sonic content of the album developed, BITTEREINDER realised they were making music which was going to work well as part of their live set, and many of the lyrics were investigating the idea that the act of dancing becomes a remarkable counterargument for our collective mortality. 



“Everyone will die, but when you dance you prove most effectively to yourself and others that you are very much still alive.”

dans tot die dood bittereinderDANS TOT DIE DOOD track listing:

  1. Die Mes
  2. Hartseer Gangster
  3. Die Berge Brand
  4. Great Track
  5. Hou Niks Terug Nie
  6. 1903
  7. The Flood

“We’re pretty confident about this being our best album yet, which is of course a good (one might even argue indispensable) feeling to have just before dropping a new album!”

Buy DANS TOT DIE DOOD now on iTunes here!

Louis Minnaar is also creating a “Making Of” film documenting the production process of DTDD. The film will be released in October 2015.

BITTEREINDER DANS TOT DIE DOOD Album Launch Shows:

17 October 2015 // MYSTIC BOER // Bloemfontein
22 October 2015 // MYSTIC BOER // Potchefstroom
23 October 2015 // RUMOURS LOUNGE // Johannesburg
30 October 2015 // 1 FOX THE SHEDS // Johannesburg 
31 October 2015 // ARCADE EMPIRE // Pretoria
06 November 2015 // THE ASSEMBLY // Cape Town
07 November 2015 // AANDKLAS // Stellenbosch

Bons met Bittereinder

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a huge fan of overnight, one-hit acts. Yes, it’s awesome when someone releases a catchy song, but nowadays the performers and their contributions are forgotten in the blink of an eye.

True greatness lies in the ability to adapt and continue to excite with your creative output. That’s what makes Bittereinder so amazing – their unique ability to stay ahead of trends and express something that is at once insightful and groovy as hell.

We chatted to them about their newest release and patting an invisible camel, and of course their new album, which you can get right here: [iTunes].

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Photo by Louis Minnaar

Hartseer Gangster was hilarious and very true of a lot of people trapped in their own myth. How did the narrative for the track come about?

It’s a chorus that Peach has been messing around with for a while, that’s made us laugh a lot over the past few months, and the whole song just kind of wrote itself when Louis came up with that beat and the chorus just worked. It’s a song about being lonely and wondering if you’re worth anything, glad you picked up on the trapped in a myth vibe too...

Skerm was released just the other day. Was it always your intention to release 2 albums in a year?

Haha actually not true, we released SKERM exactly a year ago, late in 2014. We’ve been notoriously slow with this in the past – it took us two years to write and produce ‘n Ware Verhaal, then two more years to do DIE DINKDANSMASJIEN, then two more years to do SKERM. So this is the first time we’ve been a “normal band” releasing an album a year after the previous one.

The fuzzy bass hook on Hartseer Gangster is pure sex – who is to blame?

Louis gets the full blame, with a little added blame in Peach’s direction for the mix and co-production.

The new album is entitled Dans Tot Die Dood. Are you encouraging people just to get down and enjoy it or is there a deeper artistic statement being made?

We’re almost always about the “dans”, but we’re also almost always about the “dink”. Dans Tot Die Dood’s sound and lyrics explore what it means to be an individual in a globalized but specifically South African society, and how dance is a counterargument to mortality.

What would happen if Donald Trump became president of the US?

Perhaps a scarier thought is how that really isn’t even a scary thought, in 2015.

You have reached unrivalled heights in a relatively short amount of time. Have you found yourselves guiding younger artists?

Not really intentionally, but quite regularly people we’ve never met send us their music and recordings and lyrics for input and feedback, which is cool. Also, those heights you’re describing aren’t really that unrivalled :)

Desmond and the Tutus unleashed a “signature” dance move at Oppikoppi a few weeks back. Have you guys got a trademarked dance move or do you just do what feels good?

Jaco often does something resembling a Madiba jive, Peach jumps pretty high on climactic choruses (he was a Springbok high-jumper in primary school, for real) and of course the collective-gangster-arm-bons move (which a friend of ours described as “patting an invisible camel”)…

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Photo by Louis Minnaar

I’ve often heard you labelled as “avant garde dance”. To borrow from Dr Phil, how does that make you feel?

Haha that produces a relatively chilled feeling. Avant-garde originally meant people who were interested in experimenting with the techniques and formats of art they were engaged with, and we like to experiment and make new stuff, and we’re happiest when people dance with us at live shows, so yip, we’ll take that.

Lastly, what’s the most bizarre thing you’ve ever seen at a show?

In Witbank a guy climbed onto the stage in the middle of our set and started chatting to Peach and taking selfies with him. In the middle of a song. At that same show we saw a guy stealing one of our CD’s right in front of us at the merch table. We looked at the guy, looked at each other, and decided to let him have it. The CD, that is.


Bittereinder - HARTSEER GANGSTER

Hartseer Gangster is a song about loneliness. It’s a song about family, about the hustle, about wearing sunglasses in the bath, and about being “moergoed met business”. Everyone in the world can relate to this song because essentially, at the end of the long boring day, we’re all alone, hoping someone will notice and/or remember us for our various “skills”.  

See more here!

BITTEREINDER release music video for HARTSEER GANGSTER

Today sees the release of a brand new music video from BITTEREINDER for their new single, HARTSEER GANGSTER.

Hartseer Gangster is a song about loneliness. It’s a song about family, about the hustle, about wearing sunglasses in the bath, and about being “moergoed met business”. Everyone in the world can relate to this song because essentially, at the end of the long boring day, we’re all alone, hoping someone will notice and/or remember us for our various “skills”. Knowing that they probably won’t. Hartseer Gangster is the singalong version of the tragicomedy of life, the human condition, and pumping this song in your car with your window rolled down is the best way to give your pesky existential angst the blinged-up finger.

Watch the video for HARTSEER GANGSTER below!

Hartseer Gangster is the first offering of Bittereinder's brand new album, DANS TOT DIE DOOD, set for release in October 2015.

DANS TOT DIE DOOD is Bittereinder’s fourth release. In the middle of 2015, the band disappeared into the mountains of Mpumalanga for a week, removed from society and even the internet, and created what is arguably their best body of work to date. Largely inspired by synth-driven European dance music and drum-decorated modern world music, the album’s sound and lyrics explore what it means to be an individual in a globalized but specifically South African society, and how dance is a counterargument to mortality.

DANS TOT DIE DOOD will be available for pre-order on iTunes from 18 September 2015.


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