Dark Entries is celebrating its 50th release with Leæther Strip
“Teenage Demos”. Leæther Strip is the solo-project of Danish electronic
industrial artist Claus Larsen. Discovered by the German techno artist
and producer Talla 2XLC, Leaether Strip quickly built a buzz as one of
the most exciting emerging acts in Europe in the early 90′s.
“Teenage Demos” is a collection of Claus Larsen’s earliest
recordings. Nine demo songs recorded between 1982 and 1986 never before
released on vinyl. Influenced by Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode and Jean
Michel Jarre, Claus began creating synth-pop melodies at age 14. Though
the melodies were catchy and upbeat they had a hidden melancholy because
Claus knew that he was different than others. “Dreaming” was his first
attempt to “come out” to himself as a queer kid. Lyrically the songs
reflected what was going on in his head: youth, hope and dreams. Claus
used a simple set up: Moog Prodigy, Yamaha drum machine, delay pedal and
spring reverb. He would record the bass and drums on a double cassette
recorder, without midi, sequencers or preset sounds. By 1985, Claus
composed instrumental songs as the final three tracks on this album
Each song has been carefully remastered from the original masters for
vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The vinyl comes
housed in a glossy jacket with original photograph of a 15-year old
Claus as well as an insert with lyrics, photos and an interview.
“Teenage Demos” is a sneak peak into the world of early, emotionally
intense foundations of Leæther Strip.