Dania / Denmark
Date of establishing :
ebm, electronic, industrial
Band members:Claus Larsen
Biography:Leather Strip is the solo-project of Danish electronic industrial artist Claus Larsen. Discovered by the German techno artist and producer Talla 2XLC, Leather Strip quickly built a buzz as one of the most exciting emerging acts in Europe in the early 90's.
After a very successful Japanese Bodies 12, the debut album (The Pleasure of Penetration released in 1990) instantly established itself as a classic, featuring a punishing rhythm pace and aggressive electronic style with distorted vocals that he has since become renown for and that is often described as Leather Strips trademark. The following albums and MCDs allowed Leather Strip to conquer the hearts of hundreds of thousands of fans of electronic industrial music across the world and to become one of the leading acts on the cult Zoth Ommog label. Both Solitary Confinement (1992) and Underneath The Laughter (1993) albums helped Claus Larsen establishing his position on the music map, reaching top sales in both the European and American electro scenes. While reminding the powerful angst seen in other electro acts such as Front 242, Skinny Puppy or even Nine Inch Nails, Leather Strip rapidly got the reputation to be carrying a deeper message and meaning in his work through his very personal intense music and the sometimes emotional, sometimes political dimension of his lyrics.
With Serenade for the Dead (1994) Leather Strip shook the foundations of the industrial scene by surprise, radically departing from past expectations, drifting away from his trademark harsh power sound towards a more orchestral / gothic sound we would later refer to as symphonic dark electronics. Conceived as a soundtrack piece, this beautiful album showed a completely different side of Claus Larsens talent and proved that Leather Strip was able to take the challenge of redefining his sound while still offering the same song writing depth and force. A milestone in his discography that took the path of a more versatile musical approach that highlighted his diversity in rhyme and his masterful crafting in song writing.