With their spectacular viral video "Witch Doctor" and support slots for Muse and the Rolling Stones, Dutch band De Staat remain joyfully uncategorisable. Under the wing of frontman Torre Florim, whose big voice works like a call-to-arms, they flirt with funk and tribal rhythms, introspection and wild humour, owing more to David Byrne or Prince in their musical attitude than any ordinary rock band.
Florim has now embraced his band's famous eclecticism to produce rock and roll’s first auditory art project, writing dozens of tracks reflecting the colours of red, yellow and blue. It is an experiment in songwriting that sticks two fingers up to the concept of genre. There are so many ways in which people try to describe De Staat’s music and none of them fit… but Red, Yellow and Blue are their alternative categories for the various moods of songs they’ve been writing all this time.