A group conceived in the early nineties, they prove the staying power and strength of heartfelt music by presenting their latest epic, THE LEGENDARY EIFEL TAPES. Created when this bunch of city kids decided to up stumps and get back to basics, to be in touch with the wonder of simply being alive.
Marooned in the backwoods of the Eifel and free from all distractions, they had no choice but to write some truly sublime songs.
The peace and charm of this idylic countryside seeped into their collective psyche, informing what has to be their strongest work to date. Eleven tracks of pure fresh air culled
from the beauty of their surroundings.
These songs describe timeless stories of love and loss, they breathe elegance and majesty, it’s the sound of a group totally in tune with themselves. A pastoral wonderland aided by a host of musicians who lend the album depth and clarity.
THE LEGENDARY EIFEL TAPES is a cure for these all too often dour, anaemic times. The songwriting and production are smooth and warm, never fussy, but then sometimes it’s the simplest things that are the most beautiful.
Simon Cleave (The Wedding Present)
Subterfuges latest album „etc“ – a collection of b-sides, remixes and unreleased tracks – was released in 2020. All Subterfuge albums are available on all streaming platforms.
„This record is so timeless that – years from now – when fans of good music will secretly share their hitlists it will still be in that number. SUBTERFUGE are better than ever, this album could even make them legendary.”
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„I am not sure if the release of this compilation signals that Subterfuge are intending a comeback, or simply getting all nostalgic in their lockdown days, but either way this is a total joy of an album.”
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„THE LEGENDARY EIFEL TAPES is the Düsseldorfer’s White Album…Sounding darker, more mature and experimental today: SUBTERFUGE can’t do anything but bring wonderful popmusic to
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„I really dig the Legendary Eifel Tapes by Subterfuge … sure I love Can and Amon Düül and Kraftwerk, like the next guy, but I am more excited about the living than the dead”.
Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, REM) when asked about his favourite german records
„The result speaks for itself: A record that would appear in every music reviewer’s
Top Ten if it came from the likes of Wilco or Teenage Fanclub.”
Started as three college friends making music together, Subterfuge in 1993 released their first album „Fabulous”.
In 1996 Subterfuges second album „Marc” was released, presenting a mixture of Pop, Punk and Indie.
In 2001 the third album „I do Birds” was released in Europe and Japan. The videos for „I do Birds” and „Silly Girl” had some heavy rotation on MTV and Viva.
In 2003 twentyeight German bands (famous and non-famous ones) covered the songs of Subterfuges first record “Fabulous” to form a tribute album.
The album was recorded in three years of intensive work with producer O.L.A.F. Opal (The Notwist, Miles, Liquido) and was mixed at famous Uphon Studio in Weilheim (Lali Puna, Console, Slut and many others).