DIN [A] is the phrase for “German Industrial Standard”, a standard used for for example paper sizes and any other industrial product. Tod means “death”. DIN [A] Tod explores the contrast between a System and that which cannot be measured at all – death. It also happens to be the name of a Berlin-based minimal electro band consisting of Sven Claussen and Claudia Fasold.
Strongly influenced by the cold wave of the ’80s, the duo released their refreshing debut The Sound Of Crash two years ago under critical acclaim, and now they are back with their sophomore effort, Westwerk. The new album fuses the spirit of modernized post-punk with the amiable madness of the electroclash sound from Germany’s capital, resulting in a versatile No-Future-Pop music experience with a profound club appeal. The songs are further enhanced by the interplay of Sven’s dark, nihilistic vocals and Claudia’s fresh girlie-appeal.
Westwerk is synonymous with hit tunes that have been stripped down to their bare essentials, breathing the cold air of The Sisters Of Mercy and The Cure whilst featuring the minimalist groove of bands like Joy Division or New Order on a massive, electronic beat foundation. The ambitious mix of minimal electro sounds with meandering guitar and basslines is guaranteed to attract attention from fans of Depeche Mode and She Wants Revenge, too. Give those talented Germans a listen and prepare to get hooked.