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Clockwise from bottom left: Tim, Jop, Torre, Vedran and Rocco

De Staat are a Dutch Alternative Rock band from Nijmegen. On their first album, almost all the instruments and vocals were done by frontman Torre Florim. The band was expanded for live shows and the following albums. Their music is inspired by Queens of the Stone Age (Torre has said that he's a huge Josh Homme fan).

At the end of 2015 the band started gaining some international notoriety when they released the official clip for the song "Witch Doctor" off their third album I_CON. The clip features Florim standing in the middle of a circle pit consisting of hundred motion-captured men. It went viral as soon as it was released and even got a shout out from Tommey Lee, the drummer of Mötley Crüe, on his Facebook-page. The band quickly followed that up with the release of their fourth full length album O. The album gave them more international attention, including that of Muse, who let the band be their supporting act for fourteen arena shows in Europe.


Studio Albums

  • Wait For Evolution (2009)
  • Machinery (2011)
  • I_CON (2013)
  • Vinticious Versions EP (2014)note 
  • O (2016)

Band Members

  • Torre Florim (Lead singer and guitar)
  • Vedran Mircetic (Lead guitar)
  • Jop van Summeren (Bass and vocals)
  • Rocco Hueting (Synths, samples and vocals)
  • Tim van Delft (Drums)

The band and their music contains examples of:

  • Big Rock Ending: "Make Way For The Passenger" has one.
  • Cover Version: They have covered Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo for a Dutch radio show. It's currently a staple of their live shows, usually introduced by Torre saying something among the lines of this song sucks, but not when we play it.
  • Discriminate and Switch: From "Down Town":
    I'll tell you what, you won't get in.
    But it's the tennis shoes, not the colour of your skin.
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  • Everything Is an Instrument: "Ah I See" has Rocco playing a vehicle horn.
  • Fading into the Next Song: On Wait For Evolution "Taste It" fades into "Love It", which is basically a 3 minute long outro for the former.
  • I Am the Band: Torre does almost all the instruments on Wait For Evolution.
  • Last Note Nightmare: "Devil's Blood" is one of their more laidback and poppy songs, but ends with some heavily throbbing synths.
  • Miniscule Rocking: "My Bad", the first song on I_CON, lasts only 8 seconds. Somewhat subverted because "My Bad" isn't really a song. Something went wrong during the recording of the intro of "All Is Dull" and they decided to keep it on the album.
  • New Sound Album: I_CON sounds a lot more varied than the previous two albums. Synthesizers are more heavily used, and the whole album has a somewhat more upbeat feel.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Torre usually sings with a good English voice, but he sings the line 'serial killer on the loose' in "Serial Killer" with a very heavy Dutch accent ('Siriel killuh on the loosuh').
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Rooster-Man" contains the line 'I have been sleeping with that horse's head'.
    • a live video for The Vinticious Version (Already in a similar style to that of The Beastie Boys) of "Input Source Select" was performed in the same way as the video for "Three MCs and One DJ" by The Beastie Boys, complete with the three singers holding the same pose at the beginning and end of the performance.
  • Siamese Twin Songs: "Taste It" and "Love It".
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "I'll Take You", "Time Will Get Us Too" and "She's With Me".
  • Title Track: Wait For Evolution has one.
  • Villain Song: "Serial Killer"
    I'm the king with the darkest crown.
    If you fear the reaper, you don't know about me.