Interview With Prinzhorn Dance School
SPARSE AND UNCOMPROMISING DYSTOPIAN POST-PUNK
If you’d like to know what the fuck Prinzhorn Dance School have been doing since the release of their debut album in 2008, the answers include the following:
1) Stealing courgettes
2) Suffocating in a red plywood box measuring approximately 238cm²
3) Attempting to kill each other on minor roads between Brighton, Hove and Portsmouth.
In addition to the above, Suzi Horn and Tobin Prinz have probably been feeling pretty smug that their stark brand of shouting matches have finally caught up with the general feeling of malaise weighing Britain down from the dizzy heights of Westminster.
Did the duo foresee in 2008 that their skeletal sound – one which gig-goers would often find alien and incomprehensible – would mirror public feeling for a recession that was mere months down the line? Doubtful, though comeback single Seed, Crop, Harvest is a fitting tribute to the same, with its grim chant of “got off the treadmill; got on the breadline” – a fitting ode to these times of austerity.
If you’re wondering why you should care – other than to style yourself a modern-day punk, righteous with anti-Cameronist rage – the answer is that Prinzhorn’s rather abrasive sound is finally en vogue. They probably shy from such labels but it’s about the only way debt and depression is ever going to be cool.
Prinzhorn Dance School’s second album (Clay Class) is out on DFA Records now. You can see the video for their second single (Happy In Bits) below or download the track for free here.
Words: Lauren Potts