Twisted Dutch rockers De Staat released their new record ‘Vinticious Versions’ last week via Cool Green Recordings/Mascot Label Group. We’ve got the premiere of their fan-made video for ‘Build That Buy That – Vinticious Version’ that’s consumerist ribbing and honky tonk quirky retro vibe, perfectly soundtracks the Xmas shopping madness, watch it here:
Where I_CON combined instruments in such a way that you don’t immediately recognize which instrument you’re hearing, frontman Torre Florim described it as “very much guitar driven but weirder”, ‘Vinictious Versions’ takes you on another journey altogether. Made up of re-worked versions of their own songs off of their previous three albums ‘I_CON’ (2013), ‘Machinery’ (2011) and ‘Wait for Evolution’ (2009) the EP takes you on a trip down an alternative pathway with familiar surroundings…something that is a little more “dark and delicious” according to Florim.
When talking about breaking down the structure of their songs to re-work them the captivating frontman talks about the approach saying “we’re a very sound based band so if we’re going to make the song smaller, it’s got to be different. In our recordings we’ve used sounds from the 60s and 70s, I like the Tarantino vibe on songs such as The George Baker Selections’ ‘Little Green Bag’ – I really like the sound of that.”
Continuing about the backstory of the EP he recalls that the concept arrived when they were asked to play radio sessions and small in-store shows. “We started to think of different versions to play, its way more fun when you go into a radio station with a little guitar amp and an organ and try to do something a little different. We’re not really a chord based band – so when you take a song to a small setting you have to be creative with it.”
“It’s not like an acoustic version, we didn’t want to do that, that sound is too sweet, it doesn’t work with our stuff, it’s more mellow …It’s dark and delicious” he continues. With that feeling in mind combined with the retro feel of the recordings it brings together the vintage element with the deliciousness giving them the name ‘Vinticious Versions’.