Disneyland After Dark

Östervångsstadion, Trelleborg - 2014

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

D-A-D was very much the odd-man-out of the nights’ line-up, and whoever thought of adding them to a gig with Raubtier and Sabaton has an abstract mind for combinations.
As both Lunah and I like D-A-D immensely, we were looking very much forward to what they would bring to the table to honour Denmark in the face of the Swedish panzer division.

“Goddamnit Trelleborg, now it begins!”
- Jesper Binzer (vocals/guitar)

Just as Raubtier before them, D-A-D masked their coming in a child-safe intro song – the latter had chosen an instrumental version of Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf? – but as soon as the band hit the stage, all such considerations were gone. Stig Pedersen was dressed in his now common plastic outfit with the word ‘nasty’ written in bold across his buttocks, and although the rest of the band wore more conservative clothes, they still opened the show with the politically incorrect titled song Jihad.
Although D-A-D often is often a politically incorrect band (one would think they took pride in this), it is always with a wink in the eye, and I sincerely doubt that anyone here or elsewhere take any real offense in what the band puts out there. No one surely took offense in the fact that this special guest show was opened by a trio of songs known as Jihad, Evil Twin, and Girl Nation, all of which were shot of in quick succession.

“Are you waiting for Sabaton? I saw them yesterday and the day before, and they are fucking good!”
- Jesper Binzer (vocals/guitar)

The set was a well-established hit-parade without any real surprises, but the songs did the trick they have been designed for, and what was more important was the delivery.
The entire band came out with an air of great energy about them, Jesper Binzer being even more talkative than usual and impressing by speaking in Swedish through the entire gig – he did the kind gesture of checking with us if we understood his Swedish, which was fine at start, but it became a bit silly when he continued to ask of for nearly every second or third sentence he spoke.
Laust Sonne didn’t make much fuzz except during his short solo blasts during I Want What She’s Got, and while Pedersen was up to all his usual tricks with his many basses, it was younger brother Jacob ‘Cobber’ Binzer that impressed me the most – while he normally takes a more laid back approach to performing, almost only getting to the front to deliver his solos, he was all smiles today and gladly stood at the edge of the stage, doing little dance moves while keeping a good contact with the Swedish audience. Both he and Pedersen took an improvised rowing trip during Riding With Sue, much to the amusement of the crowd.

“You’re really good at singing as well, hurray for Trelleborg!”
- Jesper Binzer (vocals/guitar)

Apart from asking if we understood him, Jesper Binzer also put in the city name Trelleborg several times, and this was unsurprisingly better received by the mostly local audience – he even mentioned this at one time, where he laughed at himself for making such cheap points.
They worked though, just as the rest of the gig, and from the rhythm try-out in Girl Nation, to the vocal test in Monster Philosophy, and all the way to the section of Sleeping My Day Away where we got to fly solo, Trelleborg was not holding their approval of the Danish guests to themselves.
Still, I got the feeling at one point that D-A-D was a band that split the waters of the audience – it was mostly the grown-up section of the crowd that sounded their liking of the band, while other parts of the crowd were playing around or drinking. The reason for this I believe can be traced back to the point I was making in the beginning – that D-A-D stylistically was vastly different from the other two bands, and while they have a special place in the hearts of many a Swede, I’m not sure it’s in the same Swede that would go for Raubtier and Sabaton. I even felt at one point that some of the audience had come mainly, or maybe even merely, for the sake of D-A-D, and while there is certainly nothing wrong with that, it still felt a bit odd.

Whatever the reason for such speculations, I still feel that D-A-D delivered another highly entertaining gig – they started really strong, lost a little bit of momentum about two thirds in, but gathered it up again towards the end, and wrapped it all up into one nicely delivered rock performance.
A highlight worth mentioning was Jacob Binzer’s prolonged acoustical solo in Laugh ‘N’ A ½, where he really got to show off some of his skills in a very pleasing manner.


Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf? (Frank Churchill song)
Evil Twin
Girl Nation
Everything Glows
A New Age Moving In
Riding With Sue
Laugh ‘N’ A ½
I Want What She’s Got
Monster Philosophy
Sleeping My Day Away

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