What they say…
Playboy Magazine US
Berlin is not a place where things happen according to the normal rules. And Berlin’s Torpedo Boyz – former winners of the US Independent Music Award for best dance / electronica album – are proof of that. Just like the city’s lively music scene and legendary nightlife – where fresh ideas instantly become clubland reality and the scene maintains its edge with shape-shifting spontaneity – the Torpedo Boyz have outlived all kinds of trends to remain an absolutely unique phenomenon in Germany’s capital.
Many of those who witnessed the legendary nights with the Torpedo Boyz performing in places such as the SXSW Festival in Austin (Texas), The CMJ in New York, Tresor Club in Berlin, the Roxy Theatre in LA or in cities as far as Beijing, Moscow, San Francisco or Almaty (Kazakhstan) still rave about their exceptional performances. But in 2011, just when they were poised to break into the US the Torpedo Boyz were forced to take a 3-year hiatus due to the tragic death of one of their vocalists, co-author and long-time friend, Returner. But as one of their new album tracks is entitled, the “Show Must Go On”.
Today their legendary long players, from debut “Headache Music”, to award-winning “Cum On Feel The Boyz”, as well as their last album “Return Of The Ausländers” remain ground-breaking releases for many die-hard left-field pop fans. Various Torpedo Boyz Club Chart Top 10 hits such as “Gimme a Bassline!”, “Are You Talking To Me???”, “Japaneeze Boyz” or “Ich bin Ausländer (leider zum Glück)” are still being played on dancefloors around the globe while Radio DJs from Berlin to Los Angeles can’t resist picking Torpedo Boyz tracks for their playlists. Their unique up-to-the-minute pop sounds and cracking funky beats have also been noted by many music supervisors for film and advertisements. Songs by Torpedo Boyz have been in strong demand for movie trailers, TV ads and soundtracks, such as much-followed Italian show Le Iene, HBO series Katie On Demand, Russian TV series Kitchen, or US movie Meet Bill, to name a few.
Their musicianship and infectious energy paired with their zany outfits helped make Torpedo Boyz a household name for breakbeat DJs and club music lovers, a cult that remains strong to this day. But now, in 2016, the group returns with a new album called “Don’t Cry”, their first full-length in five years. Establishing themselves as one of the most sustainable acts in independent club-pop, “Don’t Cry” sees the Berlin collective as daring and outlandish as ever before. Ten years of emerging with their ground-breaking debut, Torpedo Boyz head into the future in full speed and soon returning to stages worldwide. The Torpedo madness is to be continued…for sure!