Das Damen - 1986: Keeps Me Wild


Das Damen, the New York band who mixed punk, noise, metal and more and released records via Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic PeaceSSTTwin Tone and Sub Pop, have announced their first shows in over 30 years. The reunion is to celebrate the release of 1986: Keeps Me Wild, which will be out September 8 via Dromedary Records. – BrooklynVegan

“It’s a true thrill to re-engage with this record. And if you are a young person hearing Das Damen for the first time, please realize that you are now cool by every 1980’s indie rock yardstick.” –Tom Scharpling

“I loved, and was proud of, that first Das Damen release and their gigs then were a blast…even rocking hard with pre-nova Nirvana, was exciting to watch as we all grew with our lives, hopes and wonders…”-Thurston Moore

“This band, and in particular, this body of work, represents a moment in time, a pillar of NYC music, having been originally recorded with noted noise-rock producer Wharton Tiers.”-Deli Magazine

“an impressive debut from a New York band that’s still rough around the edges but has lots of ideas and feeling and power to burn.”- Village Voice review, 1986

Revolutionary NYC rock quartet Das Damen have returned with a deluxe reissue of their landmark 1986 debut EP, 1986: Keeps Me Wild. Newly remastered and augmented with an array of previously unreleased demos, reimagined tracks, and a brand-new issue of Das Damen drummer Lyle Hysen’s legendary fanzine, Damaged Goods (featuring a comprehensive timeline, show flyers, oral history, testimonials from Thurston Moore, Tom Scharpling, and more), DAS DAMEN will be released digitally on Friday, September 8. It will be released on vinyl in October. Pre-saves and pre-orders are available now.

In addition to two never-before-heard demos, 1986: Keeps Me Wild is highlighted by reworked versions of cuts culled from the EP’s original 1986 recording sessions featuring new contributions from such friends and fans as Dez Cadena (Black Flag), Thalia Zedek (Come), Gary Lee Connor (Screaming Trees), John Robinson (The Fluid), and A Girl Called Eddy. A video for the song, “Trick Question,” directed by Dave Rygalski is streaming now on YouTube.

Out of print for decades, 1986: Keeps Me Wild is the definitive document of this influential band.

A selection of bands that played with Das Damen: Nirvana, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Screaming Trees, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, Butthole Surfers, fIREHOSE, Meat Puppets, Soul Asylum, NOFX, Redd Kross, Dinosaur Jr., Rollins Band, Green River, Squirrel Bait, Galaxie 500, Uncle Tupelo, Living Colour, Soundgarden, Flaming Lips


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