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Die Kreuzen

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Milwaukee, United States (1981 – April 1, 1992)

Die Kreuzen (prouounced Dee-Kroytzen) formed in mid-1981 by vocalist Dan Kubinski and guitarist Brian Egeness aka “Herman,” from Rockford, IL, and two from Brookfield, WI, bassist Keith Brammer and drummer Erik Tunison. They became acquainted through the varied Milwaukee ‘new music’ scene and realized a common interest, not only music but also in escaping the boring reality of nine-to-five life.

They set about practicing and playing wherever and whenever they could, and seizing every opportunity to broaden their horizons by playing out of town (i.e. Minneapolis, Chicago, Madison, Indianapolis). Their name was chosen specifically to avoid stereotyping, because “no one knows what it means”. — Keith Brammer “The band’s name is broken German for “the crosses” and was from a German Bible.” — Brian Egeness

Their first recorded output was two songs on Noise magazine’s Charred Remains cassette compilation, followed by three on The Master Tape compilation LP. This and the ensuing press in Milwaukee and especially elsewhere led to the release in late 1982 of a 7” on the Version Sound label, entitled Cows & Beer, the title being “an in-joke on peoples’ preconceptions of life in Wisconsin”. This proceeded to sell out two pressings of 1,000 apiece, and is incidentally a much sought-after collector’s item, prompting them to undertake their first tour of the South and West Coast in the summer of 1983.

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