Jesper Binzer - D-A-D
Danish riskin' it all rock legends D-A-D (Disneyland After Dark) came to the U.S. in March for a brief tour. They also re-issued their latest album as a double disc with some bonus material for us hungry Americans, so help yourself if you like.
Clearly there is plenty of fuel left for us pilgrims, and I spoke with Jesper Binzer all about the new album, their loyal fanbase, the history of the band, his monster philosophy, and my personal appreciation of all their hard work for the past few decades.
Obviously, Jesper and his sympatico brothers have risen from the rim of hell, and are not sleeping their daze away, because they continue to write memorable songs, as well as showing signs of maturity in their lyrical and global perspectives. Join us for a lofty dogmatic discourse....
MettleAngel: Hey Man, I was hoping to speak with you, personally. I quickly booked this interview just last night, and I was not altogether sure with whom I would speak.
MettleAngel: I assume this tour came together rather quickly, as you are only playing a handful of dates, mostly in Texas, then California.
MettleAngel: I was hoping you would have played some Midwestern dates. I was surprised to see you were not coming to Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, etc.
MettleAngel: Well, D-A-D fans are dedicated. I, myself, have sought out to obtain several of your imports. I see that you have re-released 'Dic-nii-lan-daft-erd-ark' with a bonus disc of material. I was surprised to realize that many of the acoustic songs and live selections were not the classics.
MettleAngel: I have to admit, I did find those videos quite amusing back then, and this is one reason I was able to distinguish you from so much crap they played. MTV was our only source, now the kids have so many options. They can just go to YouTube and watch a video. We had to sift through hours of mediocre fluff just to see a band like PowerMad get played once on MTV.
MettleAngel: Wow! I would have assumed your roots were more in Country, Rhythm & Blues. I always saw the band in more of an AC/DC, Ted Nugent, Skynyrd, Motörhead, type vibe.
MettleAngel: I can see that! I actually liked the tongue-in-cheek humour of the band, but you also wrote and still create memorable songs. I also feel that you have really improved lyrically, and the words have a deeper meaning now. For example the first song "A New Age Moving In", or "The Last Time In Neverland" really express some thought and reflection. I noticed this with "Monster Philosophy", as well.
MettleAngel: Yeah, when I first noticed it, I thought is was in your native tongue, but then on second glance, I got the joke. What exactly is the monster philosophy?
MettleAngel: So it can be very subjective. You and your brother Jacob have been in the band since the inception, as has Stig Pedersen. Only your drummer Peter Lundholm Jensen is new, and he joined in 1999. Damn, you have only had one line-up change in almost 30 years, that is truly remarkable!
MettleAngel: Is this why the way you have written the initials differently over the past years? My CD for 'No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims' has D.A.D., but then my import of a later album has D:A:D:, now the new album is D-A-D.
MettleAngel: That makes sense. If I recall, you also had problems with corporate Disney for the name Disneyland After Dark, which I think is a clever and witty.
MettleAngel: I guess is was a bit too much, or as you say, "Overmuch".
MettleAngel: So, as you get older you are providing a social commentary?
MettleAngel: That is very admirable. Also, you still write quality music. Some of those bands release new material with one original member, and it is so mediocre, and then live all they do is their hits. Whereas, clearly you mix the old with the new, and allow for a wider audience.
MettleAngel: In Denmark you are very popular. I understand that you were even nominated for a major award in 2012.
MettleAngel: I agree, and I admire how you still have not cut your hair, just like the song says. My son is nine and his hair nearly touches the floor. Man, I would have loved to had hair that long at that age, when I still had hair! Now, I am happy to have long hair at my age, and not worry about what others may think.
MettleAngel: I had long hair in the '80s, but I was always misunderstood and mislabelled as either a hippy, a burn-out, or some Satanic HeadBanger.
MettleAngel: Amen, me neither! This reminds me of Kurt Brecht from D.R.I., damn they too have been around over 30's years and he still has his long hair as the singer in such an influential Crossover act.
MettleAngel: This is why I so honour the band. I also want to comment on how much I like the song "Sad, Sad X-mas" from the album 'D.A.D. Draws A Circle'. I hate the Holidays, and the music even more. I always choose to play songs like this or King Diamond's "No Presents For Christmas" instead.
MettleAngel: This like so many great songs truly epitomizes the band's tried and true attitude. What is noble, is that if another band mimicked your style, or even had a similar musical vibe, I would not appreciate them as much.
MettleAngel: I always felt the band had a sound rooted in the Krokus or Rose Tattoo mode, but I have to say what has held me loyal all these years are your lyrics, whether fun and easy to identify with like "Sleeping My Day Away", or more reflective like "Monster Philsophy" or "Helpyourselfish", I feel there has always been a certain tenacity and edge to what you create.
MettleAngel: Hopefully, you will make it back to America soon. My wife and I would really like to catch the band live, and meet you in person.