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Here is a by-no-means-exhaustive list of things people have written about Das Wanderlust.
Jamie Rowland is surprised that we can, on rare occasions, actually be sincere.
"This is miles away from anything they’ve released in the past, and it's exciting to hear a band testing themselves and experimenting with different styles - particularly when those experiments pay off so well."
Indie Dad refuses to give a score to a charity record, which probably means he secretly thinks its shit.
"The instrumental coda is a lovely clarinet drenched thing."
The Sunday Experience
Crazy, schizoid review of our Christmas single.
"... blessed with such an abundance of seasonal good cheer that you keep expecting snow to start falling."
Yes, Ric Rawlins, we're going to suicide bomb yr xmas pud.
"This band are usually the most screwed-up artrock weirdos on the block, so for them to release this is either a work of devious subversion on the level of Al Qaeda, or a sign the band have gone totally insane."
If there's one thing that makes us feel all warm & Christmassy its glowing train-of-thought reviews.
"Paper hats and Dickens and all is well and tangerines and walnuts and chocolate shillings in stockings..."
The humble Wunderbus (on loan here to our friends The Chapman Family) beats off strong opposition from the likes of Lily Allen and Gallows to win NME 'Tourbus Trumps.'
"The door fell off. We had to use a crowbar to fix it. Now it's permanently locked."
An interview with Sounds XP in which we unsurprisingly end up talking about food.
"Vegetable dhansak, chana massala, onion pilau, peshwari naan."
A review of our debut album, which quite rightly says how truly brilliant we are.
"... a vitriolic, self-attacking mini-epic, with enough changes to challenge Radiohead's 'Paranoid Android' - only managing to complete them somewhat more quickly and efficiently."
An excellent review of our debut album in which kicking_k holds us up as an example that the true sprit of indie is alive and well. Also has a great illustration by Lauren Minco.
"Songs made to be pop, doomed by their maker’s inability to master populism, probably rooting from a history of unpopularity."
Legendary NME review in which Rebecca Robinson calls us 'annoying on an almost nuclear level' before awarding us 8/10.
"This album sucks so much it shouldn't exist - and that's what makes it really exciting."
Somehow 'Horses For Courses' makes Helen Weatherhead regress into some kind of weird childhood fantasy.
"Not so much of an eye-opener as it is an eye-ripper."
Laura does an amusing interview with the Gay Times, who exclusively choose photos in which Wesley looks like the strangest kind of strange vagabond.
"Q: What would you do as a robot? A: I would walk down the aisles of the Tesco's at Brookfields Farm, Cheshunt, and scare the shit out of a three year old just like a man dressed as a robot did to me in 1987."
A nice little live review of our album launch night at The Luminaire.
"... buzzy 20p second hand Casio-style keyboards and melodies that don’t go quite where you expect."
A fanzine review of 'Horses For Courses'.
"Highlights come thick and fast."
Robert Cumber makes us sound like slightly more interesting people than we actually are.
"It all starts rather civilly, but quickly descends into the bonkers, riotous chaos that follows Das Wanderlust around."
This Is Fake DIY
Laura talks us through 'Horses For Courses' track by track.
"A song about death, with handclaps."
Laura takes us on a little tour of her flat at the time of writing.
"These elephants have been in my family for generations."
God Is In The TV
Another good review for 'Horses For Courses'. Yes, we know, we're amazing.
"... a high-water mark for the ramshackle DIY sound."
An interview in which the writer somehow manages to spell our name both correctly and incorrectly several times.
"Das Wanderlust may be the key to a new and exciting musical watershed."
Sounds XP love our album, but wouldn't advise you try to listen to all gruelling 25 minutes in one go.
"While they stop just short of throwing the kitchen sink into their work, they do include frying pans..."
A short, fairly lukewarm live review, but at least they say we're not twee. We're not.
"Barely anyone is left for Das Wanderlust, humble victims of a headline slot starting long after the last trains have rolled out of New Cross."
Our gig at Aberystwyth Cliff Railway makes Jack Parsons want to throw up.
"... the sheer wave of jangling creativity leaves us, ultimately, confused and a little nauseous."
Just a preview listing, but with quite a funny little description of us.
"Das Wanderlust are the band the opted for twee - only to take it home, hack it to pieces, and mix it into a lumpy pie."
A nice live review saying how stubborn we are, with a massive, full-page picture of Laura.
"They're not known for being crowd-pleasing poppets."
Preview of a homecoming (of sorts) following a tour of Europe... suffice to say we'd rather not have returned!
A much more enthusiastic live review from Plan B this time. Yeah.
"... drummer Wes looks like he's painting a picture onto his drums rather than playing them."
Another live review underlining how unique and brilliant we are.
"... lethal to the ears of all those who yearn for their pop to be straightforward and predictable."
Listing in the brilliant Swn Festival's programme - possibly the first time we've been written about in Welsh.
"Yn cefnogi Euros heno mae un o'r bandiau mwya cyffrous o gwmpas; yn swnllyd ac yn sgrechen ac yn creu swn anhygoel. Disgwylwch yr annisgwyl."
Single review of 'Puzzle' recognising us as the monsters of rock we truly are. Grr!
Several people from Plan B chat about 'Puzzle'. One of them tries to sound cleverer than he actually is.
"Kick: It's like a nettle in yr HEART."
'Believe The Hype' feature... what hype? God, we wish there was some hype.
"The sonic equivalent of a post-break-up spack attack."
2/5? Yeah, well fuck you Super Super - we saw that video of you on YouTube and you all seemed like fucktards anyway. We're not bitter.
"Imagine 'The Sound Of Music' with guitars, that's what 'wrong' sounds like."
A micro-interview with lesbian/bi-sexual women's mag G3. They love us. We love them too. Aww.
"We love Das Wanderlust."
Its not just lesbians and bi-sexuals that love us, you know. Its gays too! Now if we could just break that pesky hetero market...
"Save the Karen O comparisons, Das Wanderlust are pure Riot Grrrl, closer to Huggy Bear in spirit and sound than any fly-by fashion feministas."
The Fly seem horribly confused by our little pop songs.
"What the bloody hell is ‘Tape Project #1’ all about?"
Ric Rawlins gives us an opportunity to hit back at The Guardian, chat DIY ethics and suchlike.
"This morning I had a cup of tea with Das Wanderlust, and was struck by the notion that they were genuinely DIY, but simultaneously not too keen to wear it as a cool badge."
A lengthy interview with the lovely Mr Jamie Rowland.
"PB : Your latest single is 'Puzzle'. Now, that was going to be the next single last time I interviewed you, so what held it up? AE: We recorded it, and it sounded shit."
Intercourse With Biscuits
A miscellaneous blogger thinks we're good, but the kids won't get it.
"Slap it on at 2am in a filthy indie club though and you'll get even the feyest Belle & Sebastian fans jumping."
The 'specialist tastemakers' have spoken - we are officially awesome.
"Puzzle is extraordinary; a two-minute mini-classic."
Our third single is so epic that the Cultural Foundation feature it as their Album Of the Month. What?
"Exceptional. And strange. Das Wanderlust in a nutshell."
Paul Lester of The Guardian clearly doesn't like us (so why make us band of the day?), and then gets a bit confused about a song written by, in actual fact, a teenage girl. Still, no-one makes us send promos out I suppose...
"It's a 40-year-old man's idea of what 14-year-old girls are into. To be honest, it's a bit creepy, but not in a good way."
Riot Grrrl revivalists? Not really, but we'll pretend to be whatever you like if it gets us in the NME more than once in a blue moon. Don't they know we've got units to shift?
"Das Wanderlust are following in the frolicsome tradition of post riot-grrrl popsters Bis and Bearsuit."
For some reason we thought that hanging dead leaves back onto the trees wouldn't make us look like twats in the photoshoot accompanying this mini-interview.
"Their hyperactive school orchestra songs build a sugar rush that recalls the nausea of a waltzer ride, along with syrupy splatters of messy shapes and bright colours."
Another glowing review from Artrocker, if only because they know that we'll post them a dog turd in a jiffy bag if they dare step out of line.
"Innovative, off-kilter, barbed-wire-sawing-through-the-brain pop."
The Guardian Guide is possibly the finest toilet reading in the country, so we were very excited to get this nice review of 'Sunday School' in it.
"Is that a young woman in a pinafore dress shrieking her eyes out? Is that the sound of Kenickie being throttled in their sleep? Hell, yes."
A two-page interview spread describing how Laura practically vomits up music like some kind of tortured genius.
"When was the last time you heard a band that made your head feel like it was going to burst open?"
Drowned In Sound
Mike Diver tries to worm his way onto our Christmas card list with this charming review - for added bonus hilarity check out the argument in the comments section on the original site.
"Horseshit, tipped into your ears and forced deep into their canals with cotton buds, bumping against your brain and stinking your whole face up. No amount of schooling, on a Sunday or every fucking day, could make this band worth your time and money. Wash out your ears and watch them drown down the plughole, never to bother you with their nonsense again."
What does any self-respecting band need after receiving a severe slating at the hands of some joyless internet hack? An article which goes to great lengths to detail exactly why they're one of the most important bands in the history of ever, that's what. Ego-massage ahoy!
"Can a band this good really exist or were they some wonderful hallucination?"
God Is In The TV
Bill Cummings quite correctly sums up 'Sunday School' as not-quite-as-good-as-their-last-single, but likes it all the same. Good on him.
"The thing that some critics miss is their absolute disregard for convention, this is subversive, sometimes raw, gleefully eccentric 100mph DIY keyboard pop."
Artrocker very kindly give us the opportunity to piss off loads of people by doing their single reviews.
"Laura: The cover on the CD makes them look like sex perverts."
Live Music Scene
The briefest of brief live reviews from the last date of our tour support with Maximo Park. Apparently we're a mix between punk and techno. Eh?
"They looked somewhat clumsy and unprofessional."
Oh no, actually this live review is even smaller. In fact, at two sentences its actually smaller than this summary - which is somewhat self-defeating. Such is the life of the first-on support.
"With a bounding energy, off the wall banter and some spiky tuneage up their collective sleeve it’s a promising start from the four-piece who’re rapidly gaining more and more attention with every gig."
Another local music journo flummoxed. Job done.
"The indescribable music was... strangely brilliant (and yet I can’t tell you how)."
Ha ha, this one's short too - but a real humdinger!
"Most of The Ritz audience looked confused and slightly irritated..."
Another, longer, review of the same gig - but this time saying we're great. Shit, but great.
"Singer Laura does very much have the look about her of someone who's completely bonkers, doing an odd little marching dance behind a keyboard which emanates Krautrock disco noises, and staring at nothing in a faintly disturbing way."
Kruger is a really good magazine. We are a really good band. The result is a really good interview. With really good illustrations.
"The North East of England hasn't seen so much fun since hordes of Vikings raped and pillaged the neighbourhood hundreds of years ago."
A little piece we wrote for the local paper documenting a short tour we did around the Netherlands and Belgium. The picture makes me nostalgic for the old Wunderbus Mk.I. Boy, did that van have a good turning circle...
"We're hardly Guns'n'Roses, and find the windows full of prostitutes and drug paraphernalia a little depressing."
Space-dust indie frenzy indeed... I'm glad she mentioned my whinging about the venue refusing to serve us tap water before we went on stage. I mean, what the fuck?
"Their two minute songs are held together with bits of string and sprinkled with glitter and spice."
A little history lesson for you: Remember Sound Control musical instrument retailers? Before they closed and then re-opened as Reverb they had a free magazine called 'Play'. It was a stupid name as there are several other magazines called Play. This live review of a gig in Bristol was our only appearance in it.
"An awesome half hour of fun fuelled, allergy obsessed brilliance."
God Is In The TV
A very, very long interview indeed. Too long, some might say.
"She phoned me and was going Blubdedblubde HUW STEPHENS ooooh! Eventually I got the gist of what she was saying and I went oooooooh!"
We loved Plan B, so we were nervous as hell when editor-in-chief Everett True turned up at our first ever gig in Brighton. Thankfully he liked us. Phew!
"Music as comforting and sticky as an ice-cream on a hot summer's day. No, really."
Drowned In Sound
Oh, there is a nice review of us up on Drowned In Sound too. Its this one. Love the Trencher comparison.
"I imagine they load up on sugars, saccharine, a million e-prefixed food additives, before racing headlong through their set of songs."
Our first EVER bit of national press, courtesy (of course) of the one and only Mr Huw Stephens. Naturally, we were very cool about the whole thing.
"I've played their demo a few times on air and its always had a massive, brilliant reaction."