20:00 | Stadt can be considered the "grand cru" of the music scene in Ghent, and their steady climb keeps on going strong. As a liveband they are unmatched (no small feat considering the amount of quality live bands in the area). And what's more: the success of Stadt is the result of their authenticity and musical craftmanship. They are a bunch of headstrong artists who march to the beat of their own drum – averse to trends and hypes, without any crass commercialism and accepting no compromise. In short: a band that will delight the world for many years to come! The new album 'Escalators' by STADT will be released in October. It's another elusive and literally indescribable piece of work, but the musical experiments and layered arrangements never obscure the solid songwriting. You could even say that 'Escalators' has its moments of supreme catchiness in all its eccentricity!
20:00 | Though the temptation is there to compare Radial Sequence to an early acid-freak mind like Syd Barret, the songs feel more controllable and easy listening than the spaced-out guitar mirror. They bear a stronger resemblance with Hawkwind-like loop passages with an injection of 90's Britpop song writing skills, Tame Impala guitar sonicness and Thom Yorke's ghost floating through the vocals. Full of hypnotic textures that give off a wide depth and melodies that tumble through space, it has its own laws of gravity and is ready to take your car from the ground after a long drive.
Sure, there can be a comparison to countless groups and scenes that seek out the perfect tube amps, worn out microphones and vintage drum kits in order to recreate a golden age of music. Radial Sequence proves far more exciting because, by maximizing the use of the available technology and new music, they tap into the progressive and experimental spirit of psychedelic pop, and not just the sound.
Their upcoming EP is planned to be released soon.
20:00 | 'To Live Vicariously', the sixth album by Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat, is Stef Heeren's definitive goodbye to the drone folk of before. From now on, industrial synths and mechanical drums will spark in his music; as if The Soft Moon, Virgin Prunes and Throbbing Gristle jointly put together a Fad Gadgetsong. 'To Live Vicariously' is a love triangle between post-punk, industrial and darkwave. It's an album, halfway between heaven and hell; that mesmerizes and is catchy, sounds warm and cold at the same time. 'All tracks originated in the dark caverns of my mind', Heeren smiles. 'The result is dark, but Kwinten (Mordijck, synths) and Koen (Gisen, producer) made sure that the music would not sound too obscure. The end result should still be accessible for the listener.