Be hàPPY and wear New FàSHION!
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.
YES, no less than SEVEN new à;GRUMH… t-sHIRT designs are now available online! And not “any” t-shirts but real official merchandising designed by the legendary LiO from the old T-mERCHANDISING! The new logos have been created by LiO with the collaboration of SΔ3 and JΔ3.
There will be additions of nEGAPADRES.3.3., Polar Praxis and more TTKK or Circle Records artists very soon.
Be hàPPY, wear New FàSHION!
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
On December 17th 2016, à;GRUMH… appeared LIVE in the BIMFEST festival, one of he most important EBM festivals in Europe. The bill included bands such as A Split Second, Dive (Dirk Iven’s solo project), Signal Août’42 and Suicide Commando.
As a world exclusive reunion show, à;GRUMH… headlined day two.
SΔ3 eVETS entered stage first wearing a full body length black coat, his huge planet-like body almost naked under it, shortly followed by new member JΔ55 eKOJ and of course JΔ3 sEUQCAJ. Pig heads, metal barrels, beear, beans, a virgin mary statue, blood, crucifix, a “game of thrones” lookalike throne, videos, and more were part of this hours and a half show that included some of the band’s best tracks as well as ambiant industrial improvisations or covers. Special guest Jean-Marc Lederman (The Weathermen, Kid Montana) joined the band for “Drama in the Subway” and the second encore.
This was a one-off chance to see à;GRUMH… live and no other concerts or tour are planned, no new releases. The concert was filmed in video as well as the before as an “off video” and we will inform you where and when it will be viewable. Check the à;GRUMH… facebook page and group or the @agrumh33 twitter account for more info.
Also check Philippe Carly’s official site for upcoming photo uploads: www.newwavephotos.com
Here is the track list :
à;GRUMH… Final Cut or Uncut – 17/12/16
Sucking Energy (a very long one indeed – ekoJ remix)
Transe ov Extrophy
Drama in the Subway
New Fashion (edit)
Penser et Agir
Caterpillar (new eKOJ remix)
PURATOS (full indus Mortsugel mix)