Play it again, Sam! just informed us of the forthcoming release of a series of vinyl EP’s to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the label and recording company. This series of EP’s will feature all the iconic PIAS artists and one will be a 6 tracks EP of à;GRUMH… ! More news in the coming months!
Instrumental versions of à;GRUMH… songs and remixes now available!
A Soundcloud page has been created. It will feature unreleased tracks such as instrumental versions of à;GRUMH… plus remixes made by fans and other stuff.
Check it out!
My old friend Tomas Z Westberg a.k.a. TΔ25 has drawn several comic books telling the story of his teen years in 80’s Sweden and his love for EBM and general electronic music including à;GRUMH… whom he became later manager of the Swedish fan club and webmaster.
His books are now regrouped in one big edition translated in English and available for pre-order. It’s a great immersion in the life of young kids in that society four decades ago.
Check it out!
This is your chance to participate to the funding and making of the SPECIAL 40th anniversary addendum to the « Au Plan K » book by Philippe Carly, containing à;GRUMH…’s special REBEARTH photo session (nicknamed « The Hanging of J3 » featuring S3, J3 as well as P10 and P8.
The « Au Plan K » book contained all the photos of all the bands who played in this totally mythical concert place active in the 70’s and 80’s, former sugar factory in the suburbs of Brussels, featuring Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, Cabaret Voltaire, A Certain Ratio, hundreds more, and two different concerts of à;GRUMH… plus testimonies and stories from people of the era, and much more.
Now, this is an addendum, to be released for the 40th anniversary of Joy Division’s concert at the Plan K, and it will contain only new unreleased photos of many bands, an interview of Annik Honoré, reproductions of posters. And much more including à;GRUMH…’s « Hangman » Rebearth’s photo session.
Please participate generously HERE 🙂
Fantastic tour video from cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy) taken in 1988 in Genève, Switzerland.
à;GRUMH… in sound check, backstage, the reunion with Skinny Puppy after our 6 weeks 1986 tour together. SΔ3 dancing with Dwayne and performing his “giant rabbit” impersonation. JΔ3 talking English and eating bananas. And JΔ3 actually a little fatter than SΔ3 🙀🙀🙀
Featuring Lio and Fa, Micky Mike, OΔ18, JΔ7, JΔ3, Nivek Ogre, Dwayne “The Duck” and the maestro cEvin Key himself on camera and mirror.
Slices of Life, with some who have left us sadly 😢
Thanks, Man. 31 years ago, we were young and it was fun.
“One bear, two Bicycles and one Xylophone” is the first album of Hà; PEOPLE.3.55, released March 13, 2018 on Wool-e Discs.
10 pitch-black tracks on this album which will especially attract fans of early Coil and Throbbing Gristle. The voice of JΔ3 sounds like Satan’s voice, which cuts ruthlessly but with oh so effective sharpness, through the dark soundscapes by JΔ55.
In December 2018, the band performed on stage alongside Adult and Dive at “Magasin 4” in Brussels. JΔ3 sEUQCAJ and JΔ55 eKOJ were joined by CΔ56 sIRC on electronic drums and JΔ57 nEAJ on double bass.
The atmosphere was apocalyptic: crucifix, metal barrel, and projection of a surreal and terrifying film of JΔ55.
JΔ3, once again, proved that he was a charismatic frontman. The audience was overwhelmed by the group’s performance. And wait for the next one …
The band’s facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/hapeople355/
nEGAPADRES.3.3. has a new album done and ready to be released, but is looking for a label to do so, following the bankrupcy of Hermetique records.
The album is entitled “Binche” and is made of 13 tracks of pure dark industrial music and one “lounge” rhythmic industrial track.
Any label interested can contact S3 about this at S3@agrumh.com
In December 2016, à;GRUMH… performed as headline of the BIMFEST festival in Sint-Niklaas. J3 and S3 came to the stage for a full concert for the first time since 1989 (back in 2014 they had done a “performance” for the Hotel Charleroi art festival at the Coliseum theater in Charleroi but that was just a short happening, not a real concert).
For this 2016 concert, S3 had invited Joke Magnussen to join the band on stage, and J55 eKOJ was born. Following this concert and having had lots of fun in the reharsals, J3 and J55 have started making music together and their new project is called hà;PEOPLE.3.55.
You can also find tracks of hà;PEOPLE.3.55. on YouTube and other platforms.
One album is scheduled to be released this year on a belgian label. More news through their Facebook page.
I received today a series of six comic book zines by Tomas Z Westberg a.k.a. TΔ25 sAMOT (also known as the manager of the à;GRUMH… Swedish fan club in the late 1980’s).
Tomas is a talented visual artist. These books are a sort of autobiography from his young years and his discovery of Electronic Body Music known in Sweden at the beginnings as “Synth”. The books mention and/or show bands as Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, Skinny Puppy, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and of course à;GRUMH…!
The books also give you a list of tracks to listen to as you read each volume. 😊👍🏼
It also depicts his relationships with his friends, the conflicts with his parents about the way he dressed or the music he listens to and thus, gives us a particular insight in the Swedish society of the late eighties. It’s human and interesting and also fun to read.
The books, which are all bilingual (English/Swedish), can be ordered from shop.tzw.se
Congratulations to Tomas for a job well done!! 👍🏼👏🏼
Edit: the bilingual zines are now sold out and replaced with a shiny new comic book that collects all the comics (in Swedish).
Philippe CARLY was one of the most influencial and important ROCK photographer of Belgium. From the 70’s to now, he has travelled all over Europe to capture the best iconic rock artists on picture and has a massive photo archive that he has put online on his website www.newwavephotos.com
One of the most important period that Philippe Carly has made photos of, was the 1977-1985 mythical decade including punk and new-wave movements, and also including the carreer of one of the most important bands of all times : Joy Division.
After a first book released a few years ago “New Wave Photos”, Philippe Carly has decided to release a master-piece book based on the pictures he made at the legendary “PLAN K” music venue that existed in Brussels for less than ten years, in an old factory, and where most of the important bands of that period have played. The book was lauched through a crowdfunding campaign which ended succesfully and allowed the book to be printed and released in january 2017. It’s a huge book, classy photo paper, big size.
AU PLAN K
It’s amazing. There are pictures of each and every gig that Philippe Carly saw at the Plan K. The quality of the pictures and the printing are of very first class. The book contains also testimonies and memories of people and musicians who frequented the venue, and one was written by S3 eVETS who talks about his memoirs of the legendary concerts in the PLAN K and his feeling about this exceptional place.
Also two of the à;GRUMH… concerts who took place at the Plan K are displayed in the book, pictures of the 1983 and 84 concerts given by à;GRUMH… in this mythical palace of modern music, which helped build à;GRUMH…’s live reputation years before we had released any record!
An exhibition of pictures from the book has taken place at Play It Again Sam!’s building in Brussels in January 2017, including one picture of S3 (thin and with hair, hurgh!) banging drums at the 1983 gig. We are very proud of this participation to the book and of our presence at the exhibit.
You can find info on how/where to buy this book at : http://www.newwavephotos.com/APK_en.php