DER DAF/DOS STAAT
ALBUM TCM, SUBSPACE COMMUNICATIONS RELEASE: APRIL 26, 1999 REVIEW: JUNE 21, 1999
In the early 80:s DAF soon became a very influential band. Their highly energetic electro punk was the dawning of what would later be called "electronic body music".
In 1995 Gabi Delgado of DAF reformed the band under a new name, DAF/DOS (spelled DAF.DOS at the time) with the assistance of Wotan Wilke. They released the album "Allein, zu zweit, mit Telefon" in 1997 and now Delgado has released a new DAF/DOS album on his own.
The concept of DAF/DOS is still quite simple. Lyrically, perhaps too simple. Whether dealing with sexual adventures or, as in "Internationales Lied", some alphabetical nonsense, the lyrics seem clinically free from any form of relevance. Thus, not surprisingly, you soon grow tired of Delgado's "speeches".
Musically DAF/DOS is a bit more interesting. Sometimes even quite enjoyable. As in the minimalistic "Kom" and the thoroughly danceable "Oversexed Discotheque". These are moments - when their mixture of techno, house and EBM pays off and you can feel the energy of the past. But when Delgado tries to keep up with time, it too often ends up sounding like pale imitations of Prodigy or Chemical Brothers. "Wegen Dir" is even dangerously close to the crappy sound of Robert Miles.
DAF/DOS better keep away from such disastrous influences and stick to, and also develop, the minimalism of the past. Otherwise retirement perhaps isn't a very bad option?