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Jacob Binzer is the lead guitarist of the Danish hard rock group D-A-D. For nearly 30 years his country-inspired heavy riffs and sublime soloes have been a key element in the group’s Cow-punk style.
In Copenhagen in the early 1980s, the band now known as D-A-D surfaced under the name “Disneyland After Dark”. The founding members were Jesper Binzer (vocal, guitar), Stig Pedersen (bass) and Peter Lundholm Jensen (drums). In 1984 Jesper’s younger brother Jacob Binzer was added to the group, bringing with him a set of guitar-skills that instantly elevated the band’s sound to previously unseen heights.
All the way from the early beginning, D-A-D has strived towards making music that is entertaining. Not entertaining in the sense the 1995 album title “Good, clean family entertainment, you can trust” would suggest – but entertaining in the sense the lyrics “wild sisters dancing all night round that totem” would suggest. Their fictionalized (often ironic) lyrics and colorful live performances have made their endeavors highly successful.
The band released its first album, "Call of the Wild" in 1986, but it was not until 1989s “No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims” and the hit-single “Sleeping my day away” that the group got its breakthrough. The album became the band's greatest success, and secured them a million dollar contract with Warner Music. A certain American cartoon-conglomerate, however, wasn’t too fond of the bands name, and so they had to abbreviate it to D-A-D. Under the new name the band achieved a fair amount of airplay, but in the end they chose to return and focus on the European market. In the late 1990s Laust Sonne replaced Peter Lundholm Jensen on the drums, and since then the lineup has remained the same.
D-A-D is an ever-present act at Danish festivals that wouldn’t be the same without the group. The band has toured all over the world and played thousands of live shows throughout the years. 11 studio albums, 17 singles, a million dollar contract and 10 tribute bands say it all.
Jacob Binzer plays a wide range of different guitars (although mainly Les Pauls) from which he seems to be extracting otherworldly amounts of sustain. Recently added to his pedal board is the TC Electronic Flashback Delay x4.
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