Period : June 20-July 1, 2001
In this issue : Tom Helsen, Automatic Buffalo, B., Filip Kowlier, Vive La Fête,
El Fish & Roland, TMF, Automatic Buffalo
July 1, 2001
BELPOPTOP JUNE : Tom Helsen
Hey now, summer's here (for good now). And with it, the new edition of the Belpoptop,
the verdict of the users of this website on the state of current Belgian Pop &
Rock Music. Newcomers in the list are the new single of Das Pop, K's Choice, Monza
& De Mens, and the delightful debut release of Venus in Flames with the EP
New suggestions :
- Zornik "It's so unreal".
After the success of the debut single "Love Affair" (now at number 4
in this list), Zornik released this new song, which is doing equally well in the
- Automatic Buffalo "All men are equal".
Gorki has been kicked out by Sony, but this
isn't letting Luc de Vos's spirits down. He has even started a brand new side-project
with the entire Ashbury Faith, and a first EP is out in the open. The project
is also touring, in conjuction with Axl Pelemans' project "Camden". -
B. = Boy, the sound-technician of the scene in Ghent (Derek
& Vis, Tony, Das
Pop ...), who has now released a first EP "Wait & See"
of his own, co-written by Yves Meersschaert (the Vis from Derek & Vis).
- Zita Swoon "Banana Queen":
the most funky track of the album "Life= A Sexy Sanctuary" has now been
released a single. There's also a maxi-CD out, with a number of remixes (Tom Tom
Club, CJ Bolland, Praga Khan ...).
- Filip Kowlier "Welgemeende":
"welgemeende" means "heartfelt" or so, but in fact the lines
go "een welgemeende fuck you, een welgemeende kust mijn kloten"
(a heartfelt fuck you, a heartfelt kiss my nuts). The song is out on single (with
the previous promo-only "kwestie van organisatie" as the b-side), taken
from the forthcoming album "ocharme ik" this rapper-turned-singer/songwriter
from 't Hof van Commerce is preparing.
- Nathalie Chabas "Oh La La La":
This might well become a collector's item (who's going to buy it?): one of the
last Big Brother inhabitants has thrown herself onto the music market as well,
joining Kloot Per W on a version of the TC
- The Dill Brothers "Bloody Mary":
This ska-reggae-afro outfit that is currently spicing up many a summer-festival
in Flanders, has released a second single from their 2nd and versatile album "Remedy". -
El Fish & Roland
"I've seen that face before (libertango)".
El Fish are currently touring with "musical adventurer in heart & soul"
Roland and have the album "Waterbottle" out in the shops. This is the
surprise cover of the song you know from the Grace Jones version.
- Ghinzu "R2D3" ,
a new single from the album "Electronic Jacuzzi", but quite different
from the version that is on the album: the single is a remix done by Das Pop.
- Reverend Pimp "Heroes in Slippers".
In fact, I don't know jack-ass about Reverend Pimp, but can we ever have enough
Beck-like slacker pop around? You can get the free full-length MP3 of it on the
site of Kinky Star.
- Sue Daniels "Constant (raving)" .
This was already included in the suggestions of last month, but since no-one bothered
to vote for it, might as well retry. Sue Daniels definitely a young talent, backed
on his debut-CD "Paris" by Mauro,
Trouvé and such.
June 25, 2001
VIVE LA FêTE POPULAIRE "You
can't judge a book by looking at the cover", goes the saying, but when
you look at the cd-cover of "République Populaire" by
Vive La Fête, you already
get a pretty good feel for what the package offers: sexy, retro synth music with
Danny Mommens (the bass-player of the ever so silent dEUS) & his girlfriend
Els Pynnoo have enlarged the band that made it's debut with "Attaque Surprise"
with Jules de Borgher (the dEUS-drummer), Jeroen Swinnen ('57') & Dirk Cant
(Mumasan Oyster). The album features more of the same music, but it's definitely
The band isn't exactly shy on giving away their music on the internet: at atrecordings,
you can pre-listen the entire album in real-audio (and buy it as MP3's), while
at Mao-magazine, you can
enjoy three full tracks in mp3-quality for free.
Vive la fête will be performing at the big festival of Beach Rock soon,
as they were called in to replace the Sugababes in the line-up.
June 21, 2001
EL FISH + ROLAND = WATERBOTTLE When
singer/guitarist Filip Casteels left El Fish
last summer, many feared that this most adventurous blues band would fold the
books: but a small year later, the group proves to be as active as ever: only
a few months after the cd "A12" with Geert Waegeman was released, El
Fish have now put some material on CD with "musical adventurer in heart and
soul" Roland van Campenhout. This
cd is called "Waterbottle", was put on tape almost in a live-situation
with just four recording days. This resulted in a raw sound with the slogan "Do
You Rock from the Botttom, Or do you play it from your head?". That El
Fish isn't going to give on in the adventure-department is proven by the cover
of "Libertango - I've seen that face before" (as known from Grace
El Fish & Roland have been touring together since March, and this summer's
season they'll continue doing so : First up is Ginsert (@ Swingin' Genk, this
Friday). Other major dates are the evening before the Belgian Rhythm'n'Blues Festival
in Peer (July 20), Gentse Feesten (July 22), Suikerrock (July 29) and Marktrock
The band has also found a new webmaster, so be sure to check out the official
site. Find the fish to navigate.
THE TMF PRESS DEPARTMENT
The TMF press department is doing overtime,
bombarding us with all the good intentions this Belgo-Dutch music-channel has
for the summer. Among the plans, two are +/- interesting for Belgian rock-lovers:
- the show "BE" (aired each sunday between 18 & 18:30) is
getting good feedback, so it will be extended from 30' to 60' starting next month,
still showing nothing but clips from Belgian bands (from all genres, commercial
& non-commercial all mixed).
- Basta! (aired each Thursday between 21:00 & 22:00) is taking a little
break producing new material in the summer, and will fill this period re-airing
previous "specials" they did about Belgian bands : they are calling
a vote to decide on which X-tra's will be repeated, the choices being Angelico,
Pop, Dead Man Ray, Tom
Helsen, Hooverphonic, Kamino,
K's Choice, - Laïs,
Mauro, De Mens, Monza, An
Pierle, Thou & Zita
Swoon. Voting can be done between June 21st & July 4th at the Basta-page.
Tonight (June 21) DAAU is the band in the spotlight.
Other interesting news is that the channel planning quite a bit of coverage of
the Werchter festival. The main "T/W 2001 Special" will be aired
on Monday July 2, with images from the gigs, interviews, 'behind the scenes' reportages
and more, repeated on July 4th. JimTV, on the other hand, are promising coverage of the first Belgian Love
Parade ("City Parade"), which
will be held in Liège this weekend.
June 20, 2001
LUC DE VOS + ASHBURY FAITH = AUTOMATIC BUFFALO
A quote from an interview with Luc De Vos of Gorki
earlier this year : "I'm going to start recording albums in English now.
Because I really want to leave behind 20 CD's or so, and with the current pace
of Gorki, I will not get there". That plans have now gotten real, and
Automatic Buffalo is the name the project has got (found in a songlyric
of The Sheila Divine). In it, Luc De Vos is backed by the three member of Ashbury
Faith (Axel Peleman - his co Frenh Quiz'er - Matthias van der Hallen &
Reinert d'Haene - both active in Yum now).
Automatic Buffalo didn't get the luxury of starting off with an album though :
the record co first wants to test the water with an EP, which got the title "All
Men Are Equal". Nice news is certainly that the band has already set
up a website (automaticbuffalo.be,
of course) and is spreading an MP3 version of the first single (right here).
(Am I the only one that thinks it sounds very much like an English cover of "Redt
mijn ziel vooral" ?)
Automatic Buffalo will already be performing, but as the repertoire is rather
limited for the moment, the new project of Axl Peleman named Camden will
be co-performing with them on stage. Some of the occasions to hear them are Kapstock
(Kapellen, July 7), Gentse Feesten (July 16), Lokerse Feesten (August 8).
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