songs : S.U.S.F.
Produced : S.U.S.F.
Year : 1988
Record co. : Antler
The group itself introduced itself in 1985 to the world the words : "A
contemporary sound - a creative process of pure emotion. At the same time danceable,
moving, aggressive, alienating. A combination of structure and improvisation.
Hard, shocking, wild, chaotic, ominous. Music that can be experienced both as
positive or negative, but that always causes an intense reaction. Despair and
orgasm - therapeutical ?".
With this, the band connected with a complete movement of bands and projects
that were experimenting with this kind of music in that same period : Front
242, Poésie Noire, the
Neon Judgement, Parade Ground, à;Grumph, A Split Second, The Klinik
... With the exception of those first three, this story did however happen mainly
in the fringes & underground parts of the music scene.
Initially Sigmund & his friend limited themselves to live-gigs and cassettes,
published on their own, with extracts of those live performances. The band caused
quite a bit of controversy from the beginning : in the magazine Humo there were
big discussions growing on between supporters & adversaries. Fact is that
they managed to get the opening spot for industrial groups such as Laibach, SPK,
Psychic TV ... all the way to the Amsterdam Paradiso, without even having released
In 1987 they signed a record deal with Antler and simultaneously released two
12-inches ("Secret" en "Sacred"), as they said themselves
a result of two strictly separated periods. In "Mad In Belgium" n°6
these weren't welcomed very enthusiastically : "Many an outsider - who
have yet to discover noise - will label this sound pulp as revolutionary. SIGF
however is nothing more than as an exaggerated Throbbing Gristle-cliché
on wet Belgian days."
A year later, the full-LP "See Emily Play" - no relation to the Pink
Floyd album btw - was announced by Antler as "Blues as it is supposed
to be made in this miserable decade : almost unendurable tensions, horrifying
emotional eruptions, a palette of mainly strident and sluggish sounds, a intensity
that borders on the self-destruction".
Later on there the band produced another album on Antler (Love Lust Leave)
and two CD's on the Manifesto-label, on which the band seemed to evolve in the
direction of gothic on "Gasp" of 1993. In 1992 they were interviewed
by Paul King on MTV's "120 Minutes" in a special about Belgian rock.
The group continued to tour the underground circuit all throughout Europe for
- Live at the studio (K7, 1985)
- Live-Tracks (K7, 1985)
- Amsterdam 18/4/86 (K7, 1986)
- Secret (12", Antler, 1987)
- Sacred (12", Antler, 1987)
- See Emily Play (LP, Antler, 1988)
- Innate (MLP, 1988)
- Glory To the Newborn King (12" Antler 1989)
- Love Lust Leave (LP, Antler, 1989)
- In Theory & Practice (CD, Manifesto, 1992)
- Gasp (CD, Manifesto, 1993)
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