Channeling a continuum of influences spanning from Neil Young to Sonic Youth to Pavement, French anti-folk band Herman Düne earned an international cult following that included the influential BBC radio personality John Peel.
Featuring sibling singers/guitarists André and David-Ivar Herman Düne and drummer Omé, the group issued a series of self-released cassettes and CD-Rs and toured the U.S. and Europe before releasing its first "official" LP, Turn Off the Light, on the Prohibited label in mid-2000. That September, Peel extended an invitation to cut a BBC radio session, and was so impressed that he summoned the trio to his home for a live Christmas broadcast. Upon relocating to Paris, Herman Düne recorded 2001's They Go to the Woods for the noted Amerindie label Shrimper. Omé exited the lineup soon after, and with new drummer Néman Herman Dune, they resurfaced later that year with a second full-length, Switzerland Heritage. After a 2002 split release with U.S. emo outfit Cerberus Shoal, The Whys and the Hows of Herman Düne & Cerberus Shoal, the trio backed Canadian singer/songwriter Julie Doiron on a French tour. Two new LPs, the Track & Field release Mas Cambios and the Shrimper release Mash Concrete Metal Mushrooms, followed in 2003. After a series of self-released solo efforts, André and David-Ivar reconvened Herman Düne for 2005's Not on Top, which featured Doiron on bass and vocals. Their Source Etc. label debut, Giant, hit stores in 2006; late that year, André Herman Dune departed the band and pursued a solo career as Stanley Brinks. Now a duo, Herman Dune removed the umlaut from its name for the 2008 album Next Year in Zion. After taking a break and starting their own record label, Herman Dune returned in 2011 with an album named after their label, Strange Moosic. The label also released the band's music for the film Mariage á Mendoza in 2013. Around this time, David-Ivar began working on his solo project, Black Yaya. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi