Those who were at this year’s edition of BIM already know the news, but for those who were not (make sure you’ll do next year) Bodybeats already could announce one of the headliners of next year: à;GRUMH…
Yes, you read that right: the legendary EBM indus collective from Charleroi whose debut album (Mix Yourself) was produced by Daniel B. of Front 242.
à;GRUMH… split up at the beginning of the 90’s, only to resurface once in a while in the new millenium. After years of categorically saying no to a live gig SΔ3 finally said yes to one exclusive gig with the original members.
This will be a unique “one of a kind” performance from à;GRUMH… in the official line-up of the 1986–1988 tours, JΔ3 on vocals, SΔ3 on guitar, keyboards, voices, featuring Joke MàGnussen on guitar and special guests. The concert will reflect the EBM side of à;GRUMH… as well as the ambient/industrial side, and will contain at least one unreleased track. The band plans on using videos and lots of visual “stuff” on stage. Clearly a not G-Rated show!
More info TBA.
The Army, a rare track by à;GRUMH… from the 1984 compilation tape T-Compilation.
Our friend Philippe Carly, aka CRAZY LOBSTER, who designed all the covers of the à;GRUMH… records, also a renowned rock photographer who has immortalized on picture practically every artist from 1977 to now, is releasing his first picture book (see description below), including one à;GRUMH… photo. Order the book now and mention the code AGR2015 to get it signed by the artist and a special signed note from à;GRUMH…!
New Wave Photos is a beautiful 12″x12″ book, with black linen hard cover and a dust jacket. 64 pages (pearl semi gloss extra heavy 190 gsm paper for superb rendering of the photographs).
It features 61 hand picked photos (1 color, 60 B&W), covering 38 years of Philippe Carlys music photography, live, posed and candids.
It is the perfect gift for the discerning alternative music connoisseur.
Featured bands: à;GRUMH…, Acidez, Agent Side Grinder, Altered Images, An Orange Car, Crashed…, Barb Wire Dolls, Bauhaus, Blondie, Buzzcocks, James Chance, the Cure, the Durutti Column, Echo & the Bunnymen, Eyeless in Gaza, Fad Gadget, Front 242, Nina Hagen, Peter Hook & the Light, the Human League, the Jam, Richard Jobson, Joy Division, Killing Joke, KMFDM, Jo Lemaire + Flouze, the Lords of the New Church, Lene Lovich, Modern English, Pauline Murray & the Invisible Girls, the Neon Judgement, New Order, Nico, Gary Numan, Iggy Pop, the Psychedelic Furs, Psychic TV, Punish Yourself, the Ramones, Blaine L. Reininger, Rhythm of Life, Queen, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Sisters of Mercy, the Slits, Soldout, Sonic Youth, Soft Cell, S.P.K., the Stanglers, U2, Alan Vega, the Virgin Prunes, Wasted Youth, Xmal Deutschland, Young Marble Giants… and a couple of surprises.
The band appeared on a stage improvised at the top of the entrance stairs of the Coliseum theater, surrounded by red walls, on red carpet with esoteric paintings on the walls. A movie by JCSΔ47 was projected on the ceiling. Strange animal heads, made of skinned sheep heads with pig ears nailed to them, were displayed and have been used with hands, faces and tongues on them. The music was loud. First song, GANJA set an ambiance of surprise, calm and respect. The audience spread amongst the stairs, downstairs, through the open doors and in the rainy street, was captivated. JΔ3 sEUQCAJ fronted the show, backed by PΔ3 lACSAP dressed in a white overall and mask, and SΔ3 eVETS wearing a long black cachemire coat, shaved head, sitting on a kind of throne. Guest musician Joke Magnussen played guitar with us for most of the show.
Audience featured BΔ40 oNURB who drove all the way from Switzerland, Stefan Schwanke from Ironflame records who flew from Berlin and Minà Yamada who came especially from Sapporo, Japan, to attend the show. At the mixing desk, Dirk Ivens from The Klinik and Peter from Bimfest were mixing and recording. Johanna Tinzl, the austrian artist, shot the whole show with her camera whilst Sophy Thun and Laurent Lenclud were making photos all though the show, before and after. Many musician friends were present, among whom Fransix and Micheline from SIC, DanHiel from TrackZoid, Pliphon Nipiège from Glädztock and of course Hilaire Belleau.
Track list included mostly songs from the Rebearth album, full live version of Unclean, an unreleased track called Bertha, as well as EBM favorites Caterpillar, Penser & Agir and as encore, Edito. Echoes from the show indicate a full success, both from the people and the professionnals. From “very good” to “genius” and terms like “magical” came out which warmed the heart of the very old members of the band (SΔ3 eVETS is currently 67 years old).
The complete video of the concert might be released as a DVD. The recording of the live show could also be released, either on its own, or along with a live show from the WWW Tour 89/90, or more.
The band does not plan any more reunions for the next 13 years.
We’re closing this report with a backstage performance featuring Joke Magnussen:
Excellent sound quality and JΔ7 cRAM-NAEJ singing! You can spend quite some time browsing through à;GRUMH… stuff on YouTube.
à;GRUMH… will perform in Charleroi on November 14th 2014 during the art festival Hotel Charleroi.
This will be the ONLY reunion of the three original à;GRUMH… members, PΔ3 lACSAP, JΔ3 sEUQCAJ and SΔ3 eVETS. They will perform tracks from the REBEARTH album, and nEGAPADRES.3.3. tracks, as well as an à;GRUMH… unreleased song.
So be aware, this will NOT be the “EBM” à;GRUMH… but mostly the very original and essential INDUSTRIAL à;GRUMH… but there might be some EBM favourites at the end…
No tickets needed, this is a free art festival and the performance will be in free access, outside, in the ruins of the “VILLE BASSE” currently in rebuilding mode.
The à;GRUMH… 2014 pERFORMàNCE will take place on the stairs of the COLISEUM theater, Rue de Marchienne in 6000 Charleroi. Time is not set yet, but it will probably be 9pm.
There will be fire, noise and sound. Be there.
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Sadly, our song from 25+ years ago is more relevant than ever.
When we wrote this song 26 years ago, the National Front in France had scored 14% in France and we thought it was necessary to say this. Now the National Front scored 26% at the European elections in France (with also an abstention rate of 62% of the people who didn’t go vote – irresponsible idiots) but still…. It is sending Europe a horrible signal, it is confirming other racist or nationalist party’s in their ways, and encouraging rejection and racism all over the continent. Of course all immigrants are not good, many ARE deliquants, undeducated, and don’t seek integration in any ways. But a true majority of immigrants DO seek integration and to live among us in peace and in respect of ur laws and uses, thus making our lives ritcher on economical, cultural and social levels. Expression is a way of fighting, so WE SING.
Quand j’ai écrit cette chanson, en 1988, le Front National avait fait 14% en France. 26 ans plus tard, les voilà faire 25% aux élections européennes. Certes avec un taux d’abstention de 62% (d’irresponsables idiots) mais cela envoie quand même une énorme majorité de députés BRUNS au Parlement Européen. Cette montée apparente du FN encourage tous les autres partis nationalistes et/ou néo-Racistes et/ou pires à travers l’Europe, le repli sur soi-même et le rejet des autres. Sans faire d’angélisme, parce qu’il y a des immigrés délinquants, des profiteurs et des parasites, il faut aussi considérer et applaudir la partie, souvent majoritaire, des populations immigrées qui se sont intégrées à notre mode de vie et nos pays, respectent nos lois et enrichissent notre vie économique, culturelle et sociale. Malheureusement, dans l’immigration comme dans les icebergs, la partie immergée se voit moins. Contre les extrémisme, WE SING.
– SΔ3 eVETS
Photo copyright 2013 by Sophy Thun