Pictorial Review: Die Antwoord

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You might have to revisit the origins of The Boer War to understand the philosophical underpinnings of South Africa’s rap/rave/genre-unto-themselves group, Die Antwoord. Their music is hyper-sexual, primal, and likely to scare your dog into another room. It celebrates low culture even as it clings to an ideal that lies much higher, and uses shock value to shake people out of their daily routines.


All Photos | Katherine Gaines
Echostage, Washington, D.C.



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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.