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Dirk Steyer & Mike Koenigsberger

Niemcy / Germany

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Music genere:
ebm, industrial


Band members:

Dirk Steyer
Mike Koenigsberger


Inspired by early 90's Electro/Techno music, Accessory was formed in 1994 by Dirk Steyer. Shortly afterwards, Kay Resch joined the band and with Dirk released Accessory's first cassette, Electronic Controlled Mind, in 1996. A few months after its release, the label SD-Image released the demo as a limited CD. Without being signed to a specific label, Accessory toured with bands like Plastic Noise Experience, Mentallo & the Fixer, Evil's Toy, and Cobalt 60. In 1998, Accessory released their follow-up cassette, Injection.

A lot of changes occurred in the Accessory camp between 1999 and 2000. Ivo Lottig and Jukka Sandeck joined the band while Kay Resch left to pursue other interests as well as do the band's show lighting. Many live shows were played during this time. Most notably, a three week tour with And One, festival performances at Dark-Storm, Wave-Gothik-Treffen, and Mensch-Machine helped Accessory gain a spot on Out of Line Records' roster. Accessory released their first true official CD on their new label in 2001. The album entitled garnered rave reviews by fans in the electro-scene worldwide.

Touring throughout Europe in support of the new album, Accessory still managed to find time to release the Deadline EP at the end of 2001. The EP was a success and landed the band a spot on tour with Hocico in the spring of 2002. Shortly afterwards, Accessory released the 100 copy limited mini CD titled …and I say Go. Its success led Accessory to release the I Say Go single as the precursor to their 2003 album, Titan. Another line-up change coincided with the release of Titan: Jukka left the band due to professional reasons.

For 2005, Accessory signed to Metropolis Records for their North American label. Accessory's first release on Metropolis was Forever & Beyond. With an intriguing blend of the sound and technology of today and the influences of the early works of Front Line Assembly and Mentallo and the Fixer, Accessory was catapulting heavy EBM into the new millennium. Complex, driving, and enormously club compatible, Accessory is poised to take the American electro scene by storm.