Tonight WMSE welcomes a band to our studios who we’d like to think is a pretty solid counterpart of our own musical history — Die Kreuzen. Not only did we both get our starts in 1981, the same influential spirit created recognition that carries on today. Die Kreuzen influenced the pre-grunge 90s with its early intensely stark hardcore and progressive, but heavy, shifts throughout its years of existence. Throughout that progression, the band caught the ears of a worldwide audience, grew alongside another Midwestern stalwart, Touch & Go Records, and left a pretty big footprint and ripple effect on heavy music from a significant couple of decades, even after their disbandment in 1992, through the multiple musical projects of its members.Tune into WMSE tonight on Radio Drill Time for a rare, live in-studio performance from the legendary Die Kreuzen, curated by WMSE Station Manager Tom Crawford. Die Kreuzen will play and talk with Tom starting at 8pm CST (WMSE.org to stream live or in the archives or 91.7 FM in the Milwaukee area).
Also tune into WMSE’s Radio Drill Time earlier at 6:30pm for an interview with Clancy Carroll and Fred Fischer from 3 On Fire, another legendary Milwaukee group — Carroll and Fischer will be giving details on the official release show at the Miramar Theatre this Friday for the Lest We Forget CD (featuring two stellar tracks from Die Kreuzen). 3 On Fire will perform along with Sacred Order, Rock-A-Dials and Liv Mueller at the Miramar this Friday for the release.
Save room to catch Die Kreuzen this Sunday, May 26th at Turner Hall Ballroom (with We Are Hex), for as Milwaukee Rock Posters so once appropriately wrote, “Die Kreuzen. This Milwaukee band put in their time touring the states in a broken down old van, sleeping on floors, playing in shit-hole clubs and gaining a legendary cult status by the time they called it quits. Now we only have their incredible recordings to keep our adrenaline pumping. But back in the day, it was truly amazing to watch bassist Keith Brammer scissor kicking the stage, vocalist Dan Kubinski flinging himself around like a puppet on benzedrine, Erik Tunison pounding the drums without mercy and guitarist Brian Egeness hurling heart thumping power chords and howling riffs in razor thin slices.” Tune in and head out to see them while you can.