Last Wednesday I presented the “Droomharmonium” double cd to the “world” with an all acoustic version in front of a very nice audience in my hometown of Ghent. For those of you who missed out and still want a taste of it, some friends did the effort of filming it. So thanks to them you can still zone out… in front of your computer… gazing into the light…

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From the vault…

February 5, 2016

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Today, exactly 10 years ago, on 5 Feb 2006, I played my first Hellvete solo show at the legendary Freaks End Future record shop in Antwerp, opening for No Blues Steen (rip), Dan Decalut, and Gart & Seekatze. The shop, ran by music guru Carlo Steegen, was at the time the centre of the Belgian and the world wide underground scene. A truely inspiring place who’s support for local and international underground acts was beyond! All hail to Carlo for supporting my early musical endeavors by offering me a place to play live and even releasing some of the earliest Hellvete stuff on his Audiobot label! Efforts like that is what keeps it going!

The recording of the show was made by Jelle Crama on a handheld cassette recorder and later released on his own “bootleg” label PUIK, describe by himself as “a little label i started to regularly release live shows and retarded situations + local bands. packaging is done way simpler and quicker than what i do for my DRAMA label. if theres only a number on the packaging, then its a bootleg from a show i went to, first tapes contain shows of can’t, fat worm of error, mouthus, hellvete… these bootlegs mainly are totaly raw unedited tapes with sometimes annoying sounds from people at, going to or leaving the show.”  Thanks to Jelle for archiving this years back!

And now it’s here for you to grab… if you’re interested… and want to go back into the future… where you discover that not much has changed but little has stayed the same…

 

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Super siked to be playing just before Richard Dawson at Tor ist Das! Festival 2015 that is being held at the Unitarian Church of Todmorden on August 15 & 16. The line-up looks super awesome and is full of great people like Bird People, Daniel Voight, Woven Skull feat. Core Of The Coleman, Raising Holy Sparks,Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura, Chicaloyoh and a bunch of other stuff I still need to check out. More details and info on thall the acts below.

Come over and hang out! It will be a blast!

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Tor ist Das! Festival is a collaboration between two sets of promoters in the Calder Valley, Tor Bookings and Was ist Das?

We have organised three days of live music this year taking place on the 14 – 16th August at Todmorden Unitarian Church and Golden Lion Todmorden

Lineup order may change slightly but we’ll stick to this as closely as we can.


FRIDAY,
 14th August – Golden Lion pub, 7pm – party o’clock

Return of the Tor Festival pub quiz!!

THE BONGOLEEROS (UK)

THE FAMILY ELAN (UK)

NO WAVE DJ PARTY PROVIDED BY ROUGH FIELDS (UK)


SATURDAY,
 15th August- Todmorden Unitarian Church.

Doors at 12 (food available) first band on at 1pm sharp. Every band starts on the hour from then on in. All over by 10pm.

1pm – DESMADRADOS SOLDADOS DE VENTURA (UK)

2pm – ISNAJ DUI (UK)

3pm – DANIEL VOIGT (Germany)

4pm – GUTTERSNIPES (UK)

5pm – AMBROSIA(@) (UK)

6pm – BIRD PEOPLE (AT/HU/US)

7pm – KEMPER NORTON (UK)

8pm – CHICALOYOH (France)

9pm – ANDREW LILES, MANIAC and CARL STOKES (UK and Norway)

Followed by after-party at Golden Lion Pub.


SUNDAY,
 16th August -Todmorden Unitarian Church.

Doors at 12 (food available) first band on at 1pm sharp. Every band starts on the hour from then on in. All over by 10pm.

Special guest day DJ – Justin Watson from Front and Follow

1PM – RAISING HOLY SPARKS (Ireland)

2pm – TERRINE (FRANCE)

3pm – SAM MCLOUGHLIN (UK)

4pm – GIRL SWEAT (UK)

5pm – WOVEN SKULL WITH CORE OF THE COALMAN (Ireland / USA)

6pm – FLAMINGO CREATURES (Germany)

7pm – LAURA CANNELL (UK)

8pm – HELLVETE (Belgium)

9pm – RICHARD DAWSON (UK)

Followed by after-party at Golden Lion Pub

Tickets will be £20 for the weekend or £12 per day.

Go to our website to buy them – http://wasistdas.co.uk/toristdas/tickets

ANDREW LILES AND MANIAC  AND CARL STOKES (UK and Norway)

We’re very proud to be bringing Andrew Liles and Maniac to the festival. Andrew Liles already had a long and distinguished CV in the field of experimental electronic music before he joined Nurse With Wound and Current 93. Maniac, meanwhile, was the singer in Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem. They have previously worked together on two albums, one under the name Sehnsucht and Maniac also leant his vocals to Liles’ metal album. They will be joined by seminal UK thrash metal drummer Carl Stokes of the one and only Cancer.

This is an exclusive event for Tor ist Das! Festival.

LAURA CANNELL (UK)

Laura Cannell plays fiddle, overbowed fiddle, double recorders, sometimes percussion and other rarefied wind instruments. Drawing on ancient transcendental and earthly musics, her sense of space, dynamics and working with acoustics is highly attuned, often utilising a fragment from a medieval theme to her own end, embracing the apparitional, historical or the otherworldly.

RICHARD DAWSON

The man of the moment, winning acclaim from everyone from Pitchfork to The Guardian to Rolling Stone. He’s a tough one to describe, other than as a man who reinvents the art of singing a story and approaches his guitar in a similarly new way. If you have only heard the records then you only know half the story because a large part of his burgeoning cult following is the powerful presence of his stage shows.

HELLVETE

Hellvete is the solo project of Glen Steenkiste from Belgian cosmonauts Sylvester Anfang II. He explores deep, ornate dronespaces and has released for labels like Blackest Rainbow, Sloow Tapes, Eiderdown and (K-RAA-K)³. The architecture of the Church will serve as the perfect acoustics for a set like this. Prepare yourself to see through the roof.

BIRD PEOPLE (Austria)

An amorphous musical entity, trying to approximate the sound of a hummingbird’s wing beat in outer space.  Bird People first caught our ears with the excellent “A Pulse In The Void/Sky Huntress” album that mixed banjos, sitars, drones and ballads to blissfully lovely effect. After many UK solo shows, we finally get a band version over here.

WOVEN SKULL & CORE OF THE COALMAN

we are very excited to be hosting a collaboration between ecstatic Irish heavy drone improv trio Woven Skull and New York composer and string scraper Core Of The Coalman. This fantastic four previously collaborated on a blazing album on Feathered Coyote Records.

LUTINE (UK)

Formed last year in Brighton, Lutine (Heather Minor and Emma Morton) are already establishing themselves are a mesmerising live act, combining haunting vocal harmonies with minimal, delicate instrumentation on a mixture of original songs and traditional folk songs.

DESMADRADOS SOLDADOS DE VENTURA (UK)

“Of course, guitars have long been middle-brow targets for commentators as somehow signifying everything that was cock-bound and self-aggrandising and technically impudent about rock music. But when it’s played like this, with a blurring of technique that allows a bunch of northern punks access to the combined freak potential of more than a half century of electric six-string excess, it’s a reminder of the electric guitar’s uncanny ability to respond not just to where it’s been, but to where it’s at.” The Wire: Adventures In Modern Music

CHICALOYAH (France)

French artist Alice Dourlen makes music that is strange, dark and beautiful. Like an acid-fried soundtrack to a Jean Rollin film or a mystic Patty Smith working with John Carpenter. If ever there was an artist you needed to hear in a big gothic church after dark then it is Chicoloyoh.

ISNAJ DUI (UK)

Standing awkwardly between neo-impressionism and electronica, Isnaj Dui (real name Katie English) conveys a minimal yet capturing sound using electronically manipulated flutes and homemade instruments. Cited as a distinct voice, taking the flute away from its pastoral image whilst maintaining its unique mellow sound, English has released several critically acclaimed albums 2009’s Unstable Equilibrium (Home Normal) and her most recent work Euplexia (Rural Colours).

DANIEL VOIGT (Germany)

How about some tape experiments, drone soundscapes and field recordings from Daniel Voigt? You might know him better by his recording name Hering und seine sieben Sachen or for his label Sic Sic which has managed a mighty output since 2009 of quality releases.

GIRL SWEAT (UK)

How about the mind-pummelling sonic assault of Girl Sweat? A one man onslaught somewhere between The Cramps, Cabaret Voltaire, early Swans and John Spencer Blues Explosion. BANG!

KEMPER NORTON

Kemper Norton’s sound is produced through employment of acoustic instrumentation and vocals but don’t be fooled, Kemper is not just about the folk music. With dance rhythms he’ll transform pastoral scenes into electronic dreams.

FLAMINGO CREATURES (Germany)

Flamingo Creatures. They are  Ruth and Ronnie from German spacerock collective Datashock. Their extraordinary music takes improvised sound and imbues it with the spirit of joyful anarchy. They have released for all the finest underground labels like Cosmic Winnetou, SicSic, Feathered Coyote and Digitalis Limited, not to mention collaborated with Limpe Fuchs of revolutionary krautrock act Anima-Sound. Can’t wait to see what they do with the space at Todmorden Unitarian Church. 

AMBROSIA(@) (UK)

Ambrosia(@) blend beats, noise, field recordings and experimental sounds. They’ve shared stages with High Wolf, Maria Minerva, Female Band, Blue Daisy and many others. James of Rough Fields fame is one half of the group too. Expect a brutal but rapturous explosion of sound rumbling the pews.

SAM MCLOUGHLIN (UK)

Sam McLoughlin has a discography covering nearly ten years ranging from releases for Twisted Nerve as Samandtheplants, as N.Racker for Pre-Cert Home Entertainment and under his own name for Disposable Music and Folklore Tapes. With his propensity for inventing and building new instruments, a live set from Sam McLoughlin can be very hard to predict but his ear for melody and gift for moods always comes to the fore.

TERRINE

Terrine is the new solo project of Claire Gapenne from French noise band Headwar. She channels the worlds of New York no wave with early 80s noise and experimental music.

THE BONGOLEEROS (UK)

We’re going to open the portal between Todmorden and Burselm and summon The Bongoleeros, Stoke on Trent’s greatest experimental, rockabilly, weirdo marching band. We’re giving them full range of the venue and license to get fully involved with audience. This band is not for the faint hearted.

THE FAMILY ELAN (UK)

The Family Elan active since 2007, is the musical project of the Greek bouzouki and Turkish baglama-saz player Chris Hladowski. The scope of the Family Elan’s output is broad, ranging from self penned reflective meditations which rotate on a devotional harmonic axis, to irreverent interpretations of Bollywood hits, to Turkic folk forms filtered through a psychedelic rock axis.

& MANY MORE!

We will be announcing more in the run up to the festival so watch this space or follow us on FACEBOOK or the TWITTER

November Music

October 30, 2014

In November I’m playing a couple of solo shows in Germany, Holland and the land of Brussels. Super stoked to be opening up the Remote Hologram LP presentation by Razen in Brussels on Nov 23. The day before I’m playing an afternoon show in Utrecht.

But first we kick off with a show in Wiesbaden on Nov 8. Together with Least Carpet, we are opening the “Vor und hinter dem Spiegel Deiner Augen – Die postmoderne Psychedelik von Johannes Schebler” exhibition with works by Johannes Schelber. The day after I’m part of the closing event of the (h)ear XL II – Multimedia Sound Art Exhibition in Heerlen.

Drop by if you’re around…

08/11/2014 – Hellvete – Fragmente, Wiesbaden (DE) (w/ Least Carpet)
09/11/2014 – Hellvete – (h)ear XL II, Heerlen (NL) (w/ Ti Femme, J. v. d. Putten + C. Galarreta)
22/11/2014 – Hellvete – ‘Maar ‘s Zondags Niet’, Utrecht (NL) (free afternoon show w/ Machinist, Yedo Gibson)
23/11/2014 – Hellvete – Kapel Sint-Agathe-Berchem, Brussels (B) (free afternoon show w/ Razen, Rudi Velghe)

halloween

Stadslimiet

May 28, 2014

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Thanks to Sietse Van Erve for inviting me (and posting these vids) and the whole SOTU festival crew and crowd for the nice experience!

Easter Eggs

April 14, 2014

Hellvete will be celebrating Easter with 2 shows:

19/04/2014 – Hellvete – Wool-E-Shop, Sint-Amandsberg (B) (w/ ELEMENTS, Krystoff Dorion, Stin Scatzor)
20/04/2014 – Hellvete – SOTUfestival, Amsterdam (NL) (w/ Leo Svirsky, Ti Femme)

Both shows are afternoon gigs. The show at Wool-E-Shop starts at 18h, the one at SOTUfestival starts at 16h at The Budapest venue.

upcoming

November 6, 2013

The Third Eye

A couple of Hellvete and Gonzalez & Steenkiste shows are lined up in the next couple of weeks. Come and join for a beer and a head nod if you’re around.

23/11/2013 – Gonzalez & SteenkisteDen Bogaard, Geel (B) (w/ screening: Tony Conrad/Charlemagne Palestine ‘More Aural Symbiotic Mysteries from BELGIE’ by Jef Mertens. Concert: The Holydrug Couple, Rivercrest)

26/11/2013 – HellveteBonnefooi, Brussels (B) (w/ Urpf Lanze)

30/11/2013 – HellveteLos Perros Calientes, Gent (B) (w/ Kolja Aertgeert presents Lapscheure, Ruben De Somer with Peter de Koning)

07/12/2013 – Gonzalez & SteenkisteArt cinema OffOff, Gent (B) (w. Köhn, Transsonic Knocking Down, Hybryds)

14/12/2013 – HellveteDe Zwarte Engel, Etikhove (B) (w/Bird People)

27/02/2014 – Hellvete@Cinépalace, Kortrijk (B) (w/ Marteleur)