Prinzhorn Dance School
The Pavilion Theatre
The Joffrey Academy of Dance, The Royal School of Ballet and, errr, Pineapple Dance Studios. Three dance schools that have earned themselves a worldwide reputation for producing some of our finest dancers. It’s unlikely that the music of Prinzhorn Dance School would have aired in any of these establishments, though. The short, sharp bursts of tonal noise that the Brighton-based duo of Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn craft do not lend themselves to being the mere sonical backdrop for a Rumba, the Charleston or even Eighties style Vogueing. Instead, the headstrong Prinzhorn Dance School are the quintessential marmite band who comfortably position themselves outside of the mainstream and its idea of conformity by removing the dressed up excess and relying on the bare essentials of repetitively simple rhythms, post-punk basslines that have the swerve of Delta 5 and inventive, singular note guitar lines.
Joined by an additional musician on drums, tonight’s finely tuned set allows songs like ‘Up! Up! Up!’ – from their 2007 self-titled debut – and the more melodically conventional love song ‘I Want You’ (from this year’s ‘Clay Class’) to sit comfortably beside each other, leaving it hard to fathom that this is a band that has been known to divide opinions so viciously.
By Nathan Westley
Originally published in issue 37 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. April 2012