"Das Contras are beyond rational description. Irresistibly danceable, funky, with cracking tunes and unimpeachable musicianship.
There's more to love than should fit on a stage."
Is This Music
"Das Contras- one of the most talented bands in Scotland.
With an emphasis on trumpet and saxophone, they treated the Edinburgh audience to two John Martyn covers. "
"Tonight's proceedings take a surreal twist when, about half way through Das Contras' set, a group of drunken cheerleaders crash into the venue and start chanting.
To their credit, Das Contras don’t even flinch and continue about their unenviable task of making danceable, catchy jazz without borrowing heavily from ska and reggae. They manage it with gusto.
Occasional Latin rhythms, the odd free form breakdown and a little piano weirdness mixed with probably the most impeccable musicianship The Loft has ever seen. "
"A refreshing change to guitar bands, their obviously studied dedication to their craft created layers of sometimes up beat jazz and reggae to despairing sadness.
Think Ruben Wilson, gypsy violins, Miles Davies, filterless French cigarettes, The Bosstones, bull fighting and Ray Manzarek and you’ll probably wonder what the hell I’m talking about.
There appeared to be a fairly large fan base with them and rightly so. It was not just a gig but a celebration and a chance to party. A joy to watch and even better to listen to."
Live Music Direct
"Das Contras are a band of musicians from Fife in Scotland playing Folk-Funk-Jazz-Punk or something.
Elegant and unusual Das Contras display venerable creative ability in their music, with distinctive composition and craftsmanship.
They are rare carpenters with a distinct musical vision and spirit, at once eclectic and refined, brisling with improvised energy, a fusion of classical, jazz, reggae influences.
Das Contras are a rarity and a prize. Give these guys a listen, you won't be disappointed."