Track-list: 1. Rapid Tears / 2. Discovery Of The Indifference / 3. Elephant Slaughter / 4. The Lawyer
‘Aphrodite’s Lawyer’ was band from Alphen aan de Rijn (near Rotterdam) that played complex, technical, inventive, arty stuff. I used to correspond with their guitarist Daan, a nice and clever lad. He sent me their demo, which as stated on the insert is an “advance tape from a never released single”. Daan/Daniel ‘Beef’ van der V. did vocals & played guitar, Jeff was the drummer and Jao ‘Dealer’ Van de L. plucked the bass. They also had a track on the W.R.F. compilation (Als Je Haar Maar Goed Zat, 1992) entitled Telstar. We invited them over to play for the Vort’n Vis (90-03-17)…
From Tilt! #6: >>Stylistically very varied music. Parts sound like crossover/HC, others like metal sympho-rock or thrash. The mixture is quite complex and not so accesible at first. The total sounds rather impressive. Hard-to-get, abstract lyrics.<<
Daniel van der V. is a graphic designer and writer. He founded Metahaven, a studio for design and research.
Watch them in their little road-movie…
Daan and me were childhood-friends, lived next to each other and are good friends since 1977. As adolescents we got the idea to start a band – we both played an instrument a bit: Daan piano and myself violin; pretty soon that became guitar and drums. I was more into metal and he was more into punk, and we mixed that together. In 1985 we founded ‘Cruise Missiles From Eden’, a punk-band that already quit after the first gig. We went on together and started (with Jao, a mutual friend that we knew from school) ‘Omadeath’ [‘oma’ = grandma]. The band-name was an ‘anti-death’ statement against all metal-bands that had ‘death’ in their names and, because they had such a cool name, suddenly became interesting and popular. We chose the grandma-theme to ridicule it and to see whether such a name would work. It did: before we knew it, the first demo went around the globe (via tape-traders, mags, etc.) and many people heard about it. We did some shows and decided to record a second demo and make serious music. We succeeded but the music didn’t really fit the name. This demo didn’t do as well and people turned their backs; it was also totally different (well conceived) music. In 1989 we therefore dediced to take on the name ‘Aphrodite’s Lawyer’. The ‘defenders of the goddess of love’, friendship & Frank Zappa. Zappa was a big source of inspiration for our music, as well as ‘The Tornados’, ‘Melvins’, ‘Extreme Noise Terror’ & ‘TAD’. We went into a studio for a record that would be released on a German label (I forgot the name). However, that didn’t happen (of course) because the label-guy financed his releases with his allowance and didn’t have enough money. Daan got into a quarrel with the bloke and the deal was off. We released it as a demo and used it to get shows.
After more than a year we stopped doing ‘A.L.’ (in 1991) and we didn’t see each other anymore. Jao and myself kept in touch. In 1993 I’d started a garage-punk band and coincidentally bumped into Daan at a party. He joined as front-man, we did many shows until that band also broke up in ’94. He’s a graphic designer and resides in Amsterdam. Jao is a graduated chemist and lives in Colorado. He doesn’t do music anymore. Myself, I play in a 70s rock’n’roll band (‘Monstertone’), a 70s blues-band and a doom/metal-band.