September 12, 2000
"En in Gent? en in Gent? en in Gent?", was the chant De
Mens got the Oude Markt shouting at Marktrock this year. The local scene in
that City is now rising to the challenge:
DEREK & VIS MAKIN' WATER
& Vis have another album up and ready to go, After their trip to French lyrics
on the previous album "Cabaret Sauvignon" and their best-known single
"Petit Lapin", they have returned to songs in English on the cd "Makin'
Water". In the press-release, they describe the new cd as "the
most grown-up record of Derek & Vis, and probably their best". On
a musical level, the new songs can be situated in the world of Bob Dylan ("Sandblast"
ows to Bawb), the young Tom Waits, a touch of salsa (the single "Candle Burning")
and Van Morrison ("a truly great song is the menacing, desperate "Come
with the night"").
However, Derek & Vis (descendents of the rockband Derek & The Dirt)
don't stop at that, since both have also done some things on their own : Vis
(the pianist, aka Yves Meersschaert) has recorded an instrumental solo-album,
which will be distributed only on a small scale (after gigs and such), called
"Mon Paradis". Meanwhile Derek (the singer, guitarist
aka Dirk Dhaenens) has written a booklet with poetry, called "Romantisch
varen in een bootje op een vijver met een beeldschoon meisje" (romantic
rowing in a boat on a pond with a beautiful girl).
Death, boredom & Women, are the themes which Derek (see previous newsitem)
and Tony (see next newsitem) thought that their favourite writers Herman
Brusselmans & Charles Bukowski have in common (they forgot to mention
"an ugly face, an alcohol addiction, too much cigarettes, greasy hair
and a distaste for VTM-presenters", but that would've made up for a less
attractive billboard). Since Mr. Bukowski is not from Ghent and dead for several
years already, they asked Brusselmans to stage a literary tour with that very
The programme will consist partly of music (Bruno, Derek&Vis, Tony all presenting
songs from their new albums) and partly of reading out stories or bits of literature
from the two writers. Complete tour-schedule (between september 22 in Leffinge
and November 11 in Leuven) and a more clever presentation are up at the Derek&Vis-website.
Very closely related to the previous items is the CD-debut of a new act from Ghent
: Tony. After a first single-release in 1999 called "1917" as
"Tony & His Famous Men" (after his first song for a band
called Pilgrim, a touring band with people from the same scene that makes
a trip to Prague each year and consists of Derek, Vis, Bruno Deneckere (see next
message), Boy (soundengineer) & himself) , he has now recorded a full-cd with
the tasty title "Love Like Porn". The cd was recorded with Derek
& Vis again, but also with Pim de Wolf (previously of Derek & The Dirt,
but nowadays with Thou), who has steered
the cd in a guitar-driven direction, citing influences such as The Smiths, R.E.M.,
Pulp, or Nick Cave. "an intense pop album with sharp edges. Eleven songs
about impossible love, sex, Glasgow, and loneliness".
Shorter, but still news from the same city :
"DOWN THE ROAD"
Bruno Deneckere, the modest singer-songwriter who made his solo debut two years
ago with the beautiful "Beyond the Pink Flowers" and who was the singer/guitarist
of the Boom! garage-band Pink Flowers before that, has his second solo-album
out. No details about it yet, but the cd is called "Down the Road"
and already in the shops.
BRUNO TO EL FISH?
Another citizen of Ghent called Bruno de Groote, is named as the replacement
of Filip Casteels in the band El Fish
in todays interview with that band in Het Nieuwsblad. The "Super Bruno"
in question was the singer/guitarist of the awesome blues outfit Mambo
Chillum (from Ghent) and currently doing his stuff with the Ladybirds, Esta
Loco or Son de Luxe. In the interview about the A12-project which will go
on tour now (see the news of November 16,1999
for info about that, playing dates are up on the El
Fish-site), it is also said that there will be a CD of the A12-soundtrack
(mostly instrumental songs by El Fish & Geert Waegeman), and that El Fish
will be touring Belgium and abroad for about 8 months together with Roland
in the next year.
VIVE LA DIVORCE?
Musickness reacted to the message below saying that there is absolutely no
truth in the rumours : they confirm that Vive La Fête will continue. Some
of the next gigs are 29 Sept: N9, Eeklo. 05 October: Effenaar, Eindhoven 10 October:
Fashion special Christophe Lemaire (Parijs) 28 October: Kadans, Aalter. 11 November
Original message was :
I Haven't been able to get some solid confirmation on this one, but the rumours
are very persistent that Ghent-based synthpopkitschband Vive
la Fête is in its last days : the reason for the break-up of the
band is simply that the relationship between Danny Mommens (dEUS) and his girlfriend
Els Pynoo has ended, so there's apparently no solid reason anymore to continue
sighing sexy french words in each other's ears anymore. The gig they did recently
at the Dutch Lowlands-festival still sounded sexy enough, though (an real-audio
file of the entire show is up at the VPRO
And since no news about the scene in Ghent is complete without these three
GORKI ON TOUR(S)
"Eindelijk Vakantie" is being released in South-Africa.
Gorki will be heading over there (with Dirk Jans of de Mens as drummer) to present
the single "Ik Ben Aanwezig" in that somewhat dutch-speaking country.
The band will also be performing at the "Aardklop"-festival on September
26 & 27. In October, Gorki will be going on a tour of small clubs in Holland
(starting September 30 at Atak in Enschede). In Belgium, the band will be touring
again in the winter: it will be a tour of cultural halls (première on February
9 in the AB in Brussels), and there will be a number of "surprise guests"
on stage each evening. To fit the occasion, Luc de Vos will also be reading some
of his columns
in between the songs, and the tunes will be performed on instruments such as accordion,
harp or clarinet.
I (heart) DAS POP
That's the title of the upcoming and much anticipated first album of former Rock-Rally
winners Das Pop. Release date is now
set for : October 16th.
TOO MANY DEEJAY'S IN ENGLAND
After a batch of summer festivals and smashing reviews for the Reading and Leeds
appearances (NME: "Legends in their own stagetime"), Soulwax
are again mounting the pressure on Great Britain to succumb to their charms. On
September 18, they'll be releasing "Too Many Deejay's" as the
new single in the UK. Stephen has been editing a new version of the video (the
original one is up at the soulwax site at PIAS).
Good news is certainly already that BBC Radio 1 has put the song on their "B
List" (meaning they will be played about 15 times per week). There's
even a new tour coming up, with 9 dates in England and Schotland during the month