Die Kreuzen (pronounced Dee-Kroytzen) were a quartet formed in the early 80s by Dan Kubinski, Brian Egeness, Keith Brammer and Erik Tunison. While the band itself remains unknown to a larger public, they were a huge influence on a number of other bands.
They debuted with four songs recorded for Charred Remains compilation, followed by three tracks recorded for Master Tape compilation. 1982 7″ “Cows And Beer” featured 6 songs and its title was poking fun at “perception of life in Wisconsin”. It sold out very fast and became a collector’s item and led the band to a decision to do an American tour in 1983.
Their self-titled LP came out on Touch & Go in 1984 and went on to sell 13,000 copies in US and Europe and was followed by two more years of touring and another record called “October File”, which also came out on Touch & Go. Their third album for a label was 1988 “Century Days” and it further solidified the band reputation.
Their last album was 1991 Cement and the band broke up on April 1st, 1992 after Egeness decided to quit the band. Band members, however, remain busy with a multitude of projects, including Crime and Judy and Decapitado.