Prinzhorn Dance School is the musical moniker for Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn. They work from a disused church in the UK where they make all of their music, visual art and film/ video.
their debut album came out on the new york label dfa records, released in the UK by EMI. It prompted the british guardian newspaper to describe them as “the least commercially viable group ever signed to a major label.”
Prinz and horn do make music that is sparse, original, uncompromising and idiosyncratic. But never for the sake of it.
“We take the sounds in our heads and record them. If people like it, great. If not, oh well.” – Tobin Prinz
“the pds sound is so hard-boiled minimalist, there’s no room for anything that doesn’t work: every word, hi-hat, bass thump and wiry single-string guitar line becomes an event. And, damn it, Prinz and Horn own that shit.” – OC Weekly
Although they write and record everything themselves, their debut album was toured with a three-piece line-up (with the addition of a drummer). however, in 2008 they headlined the Experimental Circle Tent at Offset Festival and brought the event to a close as a 2-piece (using a specially modified, shared drumkit) - the first time they had performed without a separate drummer. They retained this live formation for recent shows in Luxembourg, Istanbul, Bucharest and Lausanne. They have completed UK and European tours, with American dates forthcoming.
Although Prinz and Horn often appear to sidestep popular media, preferring to concentrate on their music and visual art, their profile is steadily increasing. In 2008 their song “You Are The Space Invader” was used as the soundtrack to the HBO Cinemax trailer for the movie Transformers, while the Sunday Telegraph included Prinzhorn Dance School’s debut album in a “best 120 albums of all time” list.
They are currently working on new music for their second album.