Siren are guitar player Corno Zwetsloot and drummer Ineke Duivenvoorde,
core-members of now defunct Dutch band
Seesaw (who released two albums on Transformed Dreams).
Their first release is a 7” single
“Verschwende Deine Jugend” is a
cover version of the Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft classic (written
by Robert Gold and Gabi Delgado-Lopez from the 1981 album “Gold Und
Liebe” on Virgin records).
The drummachine/sythesizer-driven with male-staccato vocals original has
been transformed into a drums and guitar-driven mesmerizing spacey
shoegazer song with lush vocals by former Seesaw girl-singer Astacat.
“Lullaby (Get Ready)” is a Space
Siren written (apart from shouts from a woman’s womb) almost
instrumental song. The groovy, repetitive drums and weird guitar and
organ playing and sounds give the song the feel of a soundtrack to a
Krimi (German version of a television detective series).
Release dates: June 27, 2005 (NL)
July 18, 2005 (UK)
Scottish Fan-/E-zine IsThisMusic (September 2005):
"The a-side is a DAF cover, but heavily reworked - all great grungey
drums and guitars with a touch of shoegaziness, quite unlike the
original sparse keyboard-driven piece.
'Lullaby' is their own, and is no less good, charged by some floaty
organ. The band are formed from the ashes of Dutch favourites Seesaw -
this fact coupled with its appearance on such a reliable label means our
high expectations are met."
Vanity project Issue 25 (July 2006):
"Space Siren – Verschwende Deine Jugende/Lullaby (Get Ready)
Synth captured in sludge, messy guitar thuggery, all seemingly trapped
beneath a grate, attempting the great musical escape. Both tracks feel
like they are brass rubbings of a brighter, perhaps more coherent music.
It is scoured and scarred, a traced approximation of what pop music
could be, and maybe should be. They are better for taking a step back,
hiding their brilliance in subtle, yet brutish, ways."
UK E-zine Losing Today:
"Space Siren ''Lullaby (get ready)' (Transformed Dreams). More grooving
headgear from the vaults of those discerning Dutch dudes over at
Transformed Dreams. Not content with messing with our hi-fi in recent
months with some well heeled releases including a four way split between
1 Speed Bike, Melt Banana, Jason Forrest and Felix Kubin all gathering
together to scare the crap and re-weld a new chassis onto a few choice
slices from the Zea back catalogue as well as driving us to the point of
delirium with a quartet of Persil goodies that included the audaciously
poppy 'Happy' - now it's the turn of the debut offering from Space
Siren. Space Siren feature one time Seesaw members Corno, Inecke and
Astacat who sadly split last year after spending a decade together that
spawned three full lengths. Now dusted down having taken stock and
licked their wounds, the invigorated trio return to the fray with this
throbbing twin set which we readily advise that you don your tin hats
for. 'Lullaby (get ready)' is one discordantly groovy bastard of a cut,
kooky keyboards wobble and bob just above the surface amid a muscular
undercurrent that sees a particularly wired and edgy Magazine at their
tightest and most visceral squaring up for a face off with 'Heaven up
Here' era Will Sergeant, the resulting outcome a serious cranium
crunching wig flipping nailed to the floor no nonsense brooding beast
with hooks that scowl and riffs that grind to the bone. Flip over for a
gripping cover of the much missed krautrock / club crossover pioneers
DAF's 'Verschwende Deine Jugend' which originally appeared on their
second major label full length 'Gold Und Liebe'. Now given the spanking
wax 'n' polish treatment this baby is out to melt heads with its floor
trashing repetitive throb - think of a ménage a trios between My Bloody
Valentine, early career Quickspace and X-Mal Deutchsland and then some
more. A crucial space cadet accessory if ever I heard one."
UK E-zine The Beat Surrender (18/07/05):
"Space Siren - Verscwende Deine Jugend / Lullaby (Get Ready) Space Siren
were formed out of the ashes of now defuntc Dutch band Seesaw, with
guitar player Corno Zwetsloot and drummer Ineke Duivenvoorde once again
working with each other.
Verschwende Deine Jugend is a cover version of a 1981 German ‘classic’,
can’t say as i’ve heard the orginal but this is a cracking version in
it’s own right. Lush female vocals float over what can only be called
shoegazing space rock, kind of takes me back a bit but lets be honest a
trip down memory lane does everybody good now and again. Not content
with twisting yor melon once, they then decide to do it again
with the other A side. Lullaby (Get Ready) is an almost instrumental
track, yet again sonic guitars are at the forefront, this time though
accompanied by some crazy ass organ sounds spiralling in and out of the