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Album Review

This German trio serves up some gritty and tuneful indie rock, finding a wondrous middle point between the Fall and Pavement, while adding a dash of Wedding Present for good measure. L'Etat et Moi serves a potent mix of those bands, hacking off Pavement's knack for indolence while doing away with the Fall's vitriolic diatribes. Jochen Distelmeyer's are entirely German, but given the unintelligible babble common amongst many indie bands, this makes no difference to those who don't speak the language. Not surprisingly, this record fell off the U.S. indie radar quite quickly. That's a shame, as Blumfeld were just as talented and infectious as any of the top-shelf mid-'90s bands.


Formed: 1990 in Hamburg, Germany

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

For the better part of two decades, Blumfeld were widely considered to be Germany's prime indie rock band, with a sound that took its cues from groups like the Pixies and Pavement. Blumfeld differed from groups like Pavement and such fellow Teutonic indie poppers as the Bartlebees: their lyrics were political in scope and almost exclusively performed in German, although singer Jochen Distelmeyer occasionally used English phrases. Blumfeld were also considered a key group of the "Hamburger Schule,"...
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