PPz30, which is also the chemical formula for concrete, are a young and hard-hitting
band whose fusion music recalls the early Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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song : PPz30
Year : 1995
Record co. : Abatrash / Boucherie Productions
"Small town USA"
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song : PPz30
Production : PPz30
Year : 1995
Rec.co. : Abatrash / Boucherie Productions
PPz30 is born on the ashes of Belgian band "Walpurgis Volta"
(Eric, Guitar - Joe, Bass - Phil The Vibes, Drums). This band has released at
least two albums : "Walpurgis Volta" of 1987 and "Violence des
chocs" of 1989. If anybody has more info on this group, please let
PPz30 itself was born in 1992, when they meet Bruce Ellison, a mime player
who was traveling around Europe at the time. After a year of jamming and establishing
their style, their debut album comes out in 1993 and is entitled "Whack!".
From the bio : "They very quickly achieved in France and Benelux the
reputation of a terrific live band thanks to the astonishing performance of front
man Bruce and to the musicianship of Daniel Wang. (multi-instrumentalist
- formerly of Blain Reiniger's band and La Muerte - with
whom they teamed up in March of 1995)"
The second album "Sweet smell of sucksess" is released in 1995 and
sprouts up a terrific single : "Jumpin' Jehosephat" remains in the alternative
charts (De Afrekening of Studio Brussel) for weeks. This song means a breakthrough
for the band and manages to have them widen their "alternative" audience.
From the bio again : "Sweet Smell of Sucksess" is their second
album. It was masterly produced by Gilles Martin (Tuxedo Moon, Dominique A, dEUS,
Miossec, ...), who succeeded 100% in capturing the powerful energy of the band
as well as the multiple influences of its cross-cultural music : Rap, Hardcore,
Hip-Hop, Folk, Reggae, etc. The lyrics -in American English- takes a caustic and
corrosive look on our society without ever taking things seriously."
In 1997 they release "This is not a bell", preceded by the single
"I'm the leader". They also team up with Luc Van Lieshout, who played
in Tuxedomoon before.
They tour the country and our neighbors again and make a very good impression
with their gig at Dour (main stage) and Marktrock. As the announcement for this
last gig said : "Sometimes it helps when you've got a screw loose. Take
PPz30 for instance : listen to the irresistible Jumpin Jehosephat and you'll hear
its precisely this portions of lunacy that makes the song so interesting. The
same goes for their albums : exciting rock with a touch of Alzheimer, the kind
Frank Zappa would've loved.".
In march 1998, they release a new single : it's called "Down & Up
& In & Out" and is a remix by Neven. Daniel
Wang also informed me there is an official PPz30-website official website in the
- Bruce ... (vocals)
- Eric / Monster / Daniel Wang (guitar)
- Phil ... (drums)
- Joe ... (bass)
- Luc Van Lieshout (brass)
|Buy CD's of this band at
- Whack! (Sing Mary, 1994 - This album can still be bought at their concerts)
- Sweet smell of sucksess (62TV Records, 1995 - Distrubution in Belgium : Bang!,
Rough Trade/Zomba in Holland, Tripsichord in France and Shellshock in the UK)
- This is not a bell (62 TV Records, 1997 - same distribution)
- PPz30 semi-official website
- PPz30 at Netbeat
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