Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dez Mona
Trix, Antwerpen, 12 Feb 2010

Last weekend was concert venue Trix' new season's opening weekend. Loads of bands were playing and it sold out completely. As was to be expected, seeing that it had Das Pop and Mintzkov on the same night, each drawing their own biggish crowds. It was hard to shoot videos of the big stage, so I kept my camera pointed to the smaller stages. One of the bands we saw there was Gregory Frateurs band Dez Mona.  They were performing songs of their latest (and excellent) album called 'Hilfe kommt'. On this album they've developed a fuller sound than on their previous outings, backed up by a duo of background singers. I filmed two of their songs, check it out.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Partchesz
Trix, Antwerpen, 29 Apr 2008

Time to post some videos pulled from the vaults. This recording of The Partchesz performing in Trix in Antwerpen dates back from 2008. The Partchesz are mainly Bjorn Eriksson's (ex Zita Swoon, now playing with Admiral Freebee) and Nathalie Delcroix' (Laïs) band. They play country with occasionally a bit of electronica mixed in. I've thrown in one video of Bjorn Eriksson playing fingerpicking guitar with his father Karl on banjo (although he's standing a bit in the dark on this recording). So you can see they do in fact master the art of traditional bluegrass as well. ;-)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The crab four
CC De Mol, Lier, 6 Feb 2010

Last Saturday The Crab Four played in CC De Mol in Lier. The crab four is a Beatles cover band and it consists of Pascal Deweze (Sukilove, Metal Molly), Stoffel Verlackt (Sukilove, El tattoo del tigre), Helder Deploige (ex-Sukilove, Helder), Sjoerd Bruil (Sukilove, Pawlowski, Black Cassette) and Arne Leurentop (Käthes Schmerz, PJDS, The Glen).
It was the first show of this tour where they play the complete White Album from start to finish. Needless to say, they pulled it off with ease. It was uncanny to hear how close to the original  their versions often were. Hell, they even played Revolution 9 with all the weird sounds and samples included! There's plenty of chances to check them out yourselves. You can find a complete list of gigs here: http://www.myspace.com/crabfour
Take a look at some of the songs they played last Saturday.

Helter Skelter:

Dear Prudence:

Revolution 1:

Good night:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Vertigo, Antwerpen, 28 Jan 2010

Strumpets are a relatively new band in Antwerp. They are : Alex van Herk, Miguel Sosa, Rob Eelen and Thomas Noppe. You might know Miguel Sosa from collaborations with Mauro Pawlowski in Monguito and with Elko Blijweert/Jeroen Stevens in the band The Parallels.
They play spacey pop, mixed with Beach Boys style harmonies. Their first cd 'Hello Strumpets', full of radio-friendly hits, is out now on Jezus Factory records. So get it while it lasts.
Here are some tracks from that cd, performed live in Vertigo last Thursday.

Walking on air:


Gliding in orbit: