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20. September 2021 By Walter Price 0


Subterfuge – The Snake Wife is available at Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Less Records.


by Walter Price

The post-punk jangle era spawned some of the greatest seminal bands that would go on to influences and alter the landscape of rock n roll. But, sadly, I should say, it’s mostly artists from English-speaking countries that garner the most notoriety. Such an example of an alt-rock outfit that may have gone under the global radar over the past several decades is the German band Subterfuge.

In brief, the Düsseldorf-based got their start in the early 1990s, recorded a handful of well-received albums, toured, and as time does, the bandmates inadvertently got caught up in life and faded into their own individual lives. Only to reconnect in recent years to have another go at writing and recording together. A reunion that’s resulted in the brilliant new single, “The Snake Wife”.

A song that has its roots firmly planted in the sounds that The Smithereens, Gin Blossoms, The Plimsouls, and the like once found worldwide success with. But don’t get twisted, these Deutsch fellas aren’t riding coattails, remember they were there back in that heyday doing their thing just as well if not better than those hallowed names. And this new single is a sturdy example of why this genre of modern rock is making a comeback. And for my money, we should let Subterfuge take the reigns this time around.

So if you’re into a bit of jangle, weighty life-lived lyrics, indelible harmonies, and well-honed musicianship that’ll transport you back in time, then get this one onto your favorite alt-rock-never-dies playlist. And you can stream it now as well as see the ‘animalistic’ music video, directed by Tom Blankenberg, now at the GTC.


Band photo by Anika Potzler

Daniel Klingen (Drums)
Kai Blankenberg (Bass)
Lars Schmidt (Vocals, Guitar)
Lorenz Naumann (Keys, Guitar, Bass)
Thomas Baumhoff (Vocals, Guitar)
Tom Blankenberg (Keys)

Produced (mostly on tape) by Lorenz Naumann at Hedgehog Recorders
Mastered at Skyline Tonfabrik by Kai Blankenberg


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On their second single from the forthcoming album Dots (Release March 2022), Subterfuge show their uptempo, darker side. All yet within the boundaries of indie-pop with the usual vocals harmonies and jangly guitars.” – bio

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