GRAUZONE & SUBMARINE PROUDLY PRESENT:
+ XENO & OAKLANDER
+ MORE TBA
XENO & OAKLANDER (US)
Xeno and Oaklander are based in Brooklyn, NY. They began writing music in 2004. Miss Liz Wendelbo is French / Norwegian and Sean McBride is from Maryland. They record their songs live in their studio and play analogue synthesizers and instruments exclusively.
Elixer is the joining force between Grauzone festival organiser Natasja Alers and musician Sid Idiopath of band Yokocola. They create a dynamic mix of new beat, acid, wave, synth and techno.
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Grote Markt 10, The Hague
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GRAUZONE PROUDLY PRESENTS:
Grauzone is back with a series of new shows in Amsterdam!
We present a show with Paris post-punk electro band Frustration. They're back for the first time in Amsterdam since 2010!
Powerful, potent songs yield a brutal post-punk sound. Just imagine WARSAW meet WIRE meet the FALL and you will already have a good idea of their musical universe.
1075 XL Amsterdam
Front 242 were formed in Aarschot in 1981 by Daniel Bressanutti and Dirk Bergen.
After a few singles, Jean-Luc De Meyer (vocals) and Patrick Codenys joined the group and the first album, "Geography", was released. At this stage, Dirk Bergen left the group to become their manager.
In 1983, Richard 23 (Richard Jonckheere) joined the group as vocalist/percussionist. With this line-up, the band released many albums of EBM, gaining more popularity with every release. (EBM stands for Electronic Body Music, a term originally coined by Kraftwerk) They also established a solid live reputation, with an energetic show in para-military outfits. The year 1993 brought a radical change in style, with guest musicians, the disappearance of their military look and the exploration of both harder (guitar samples) and softer (female vocals, ambient) sounds. After many years of silence, except for a few live/remix-albums, Front 242 re-appeared in the spotlight in the late nineties with their Re:boot-tour, bringing modern, techno-like cover versions of their own songs. In 2003 they took a step back towards their EBM-roots, with the release of "Pulse" and "Still & Raw".
Grauzone is back with a series of new shows in Amsterdam! We're happy to present you the first in line:
THE ESTRANGED (Portland, US)
Portland punk legends played at Grauzone Festival in '14 at the Melkweg and are back with new material! Featuring members of Warcry/Hellshock/From Ashes Rise. They combine a dark melodic post-punk sound with a glimpse of Wipers and Boys Next Door.
NEED (Amsterdam, NL)
Amsterdam based punk band NEED plays their punk with some melancholic flavours, driven by the sounds of Misfits, Wipers and Hot Snakes. They’re currently preparing their second record which is scheduled to be released in autumn 2018.
1075 LB Amsterdam
Anna von Hausswolff is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and pianist from Sweden who was one of Grauzone Festival' highlights of 2017 at Paard, Den haag. She made her performance debut in 2008 and recorded in the meantime 5 albums and 2 EP's. December 2017, she’s launched the menacing new song The Mysterious Vanishing Of Electra which will feature on her album titled Dead Magic.The follow-up to 2015’s The Miraculous is now available for pre-order and scheduled to arrive on March 2 via City Slang.
Von Hausswolff says: “Dear listeners. This is the first track from my new album, Dead Magic! Me, my band and Randall Dunn spent nine days in Copenhagen recording this record. “The great pipe organ you’re hearing is a 20th century instrument located in Marmor Kirken, The Marble Church, Copenhagen.” The Gothenburg-based artists goes on to quote a poem by Swedish writer Walter Ljungquist. It reads: “Take the fate of a human being, a thin pathetic line that contours and encircles an infinite and unknown silence. “It is in this very silence, in an only imagined and unknown centre, that legends are born. Alas! That is why there are no legends in our time. “Our time is a time deprived of silence and secrets; in their absence no legends can grow.”
Von Hausswolff will play at March 10 at Paard, Den Haag.
The 5th edition of multidisciplinary festival Grauzone will take place saturday 10th of february 2018. After this year's successful edition it will again take place at the Paard, Koorenhuis and The Grey Space in The Hague. At Friday Feb. 9 the GRAUKUNST exhibition will take place at The Grey Space following by the preparty at Het Magazijn. All locations are on walking distance!
Cabaret Voltaire is the project of Richard H Kirk, Stephan Mallinder and Chris Watson. The pioneers from Sheffield have a big influence on nowadays electronic music and can't be missed in the program of the festival. For Grauzone Richard H Kirk will play an exclusive set with new material.
Musician and songwriter Michael Gira, also known from all time loudest bands called Swans. A band that influenced bands like Anna Von Hausswolf, Chelsea Wolfe and Napalm Death. At Grauzone Gira will perform an intimate acoustic show.
The Soft Moon is one of the most popular wave/post-punk bands at this moment and will present their fourth album 'Criminal' which will be released a few days before Grauzone! The fast growing band IDLES from Bristol is selling out many club shows and recently they supported Foo Fighters. Earlier this year they released their debut album 'Brutalism 'andreceied really positive reviews. They mix punk, rock and post-ponk and are known for their intense live shows.
No Wave/post-punk legend, singer, writer, poet and actress Lydia Lunch will give an exclusive performance with Weasel Walter. as "Brutal Measures", a longform composition featuring tense spoken word versus manic free drumming outbursts, glued together by cryptic electronics. She's known for her intense performances and collaborations with artists like Nick Cave, Sonic Youth and Michael Gira/Swans. Russion act Motorama combines indie and postpunk. This year they released their fourth album 'Dialogues'. For fans of hooky guitars, dreamy intense dark vocals, a must see.
Bashan is the solo project of Gemma Thomson, also known from rockgroup Savages. October 2017 Thomson released her first EP. She experiments with guitarsounds, soundscapes and creates a droney dark sound. More exciting sounds comes from Berlins duo Schwefelgelb. They mix body music with techno. This year they released a new record that is going viral all over the world and played by dj's like Helena Hauff, Front 242 and Silent Servant. Drab Majesty a duo from Los Angeles is growing fast and mix dreamy post-punk, wave and synthy sounds.
Danish trio Dune Messiah brings you in their world of neo-folk, dreamy songs with sharp guitarriffs. They are influenced by Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave but also Death in June.
Belgium punks Cocaine Piss always play an energetic, aggressive show and already performed at festivals like Pukkelpop and Dour. In 2016 they released their album The Dancer which was recorded by legendary producer Steve Albini in Chicago. Hackedepicciotto is the cinematic drone project of American interdisciplinary artist Danielle de Picciotto and German composer/musician Alexander Hacke, founding member of influential German industrial band Einsturzende Neubauten.
Arizona's psych desert rock band The Myrrors, started in 2008 and just released their fourth album 'Hasta La Victoria' in 2017. Popular Post -punk shoegaze band Ulrike Spacek, were the highlight of Eindhoven Psychlab and played festivals like Best Kept Secret, Le Guess Who and London Calling. Berlin-based Canadian Sally Dige is known for her dark yet highly danceable electro-pop songs.
Dutch electronic sounds come from duo Volition Immanent Parrish Smith and Knekelhuis' Labelboss Mark Van de Maat. They mix EBM, Body Music and Techno reminiscent of acts like Nitzer Ebb and Front 242. Unit Moebius, pioneer of The Hague electronic acid house will play a live set. They influenced many electronic bands with Aphex Twin as their biggest fan.
Besides music there's also film, a symposium and an GRAUKUNST exhibition. One of the guests will be Stephan Plank, filmproducer of the documentary ''Conny Plank – The Potential of Noise'' which will also be part of the program. The documentary features music producer Conny Plank, who produced albums of artists as David Bowie, Kraftwerk and Killing Joke. Luis Vasquez, singer of The Soft Moon and Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto will also join the symposium. John Robb (known for The Membranes and Loud As War) will lead the conversations. There will also be an Exhibition GRAUKUNST- VOID which features 13 contemporary artists who are all interested in ''black''.
Saturday Febraury 10:
+ SYMPOSIUM - Luis Vasquez (The Soft Moon), Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto (Einsturzende Neubauten, Crime & City Solution) , Stephan Plank (Conny Plank - The Potential of Noise)
+ FILMPROGRAM - Conny Plank '' The Potential of Noise''.
Stakbabber is the band of Mick Ness, known from the dutch Ultra movement and bands as Mecano, Sexepil. Their sound can be described as indie and post-punk. They released their first record 'Polorized' in 2015.
Kong creates a mix of instrumental alternative rock and avant garde. After an hiatus from from 2000 till 2007 they're still unstoppable with an impressive live set.
YOKOCOLA is punk on acid and born and raised in Rotterdam. With one of the best unconventional front woman of our time (next to our cult legend Lydia Lunch ofcourse).
They're making obstructive, hysterical, honest & psychedelic cellarsounds.
Matt Hollywood Beginning in 1991 with infamous psych-rock provocateurs The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Matt Hollywood has trodden many musical paths over the last two and a half decades. From deceptively accessible BJM standouts like Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth and Maybe Tomorrow, to the tripped-out folk pop of The Out Crowd, and the hazy elegance of Rebel Drones, Hollywood's songwriting has wandered through multiple genres, the playful experimentation always grounded in a core of earnest emotion. Drawing on such diverse influences as Cohen, Hazlewood, Morricone, Gainsbourg, and classic blues and country, Hollywood is returning to the road with music from his upcoming WavePOP Records release, as well as some old favorites and never-heard-live rarities.
BOY HARSHER is a dark electronic duo that produces gritty dance beats infused with ethereal vocals, creating a sound that is eerie, intense and incredibly danceable. Augustus Muller develops the underbelly of sound with minimal beats and grinding synths, where Jae Matthews whispers, screams and chants on top. Together, the music created is somewhere between industrial, drone and confessional storytelling. Muller and Matthews both have a strong background in film and their cinematic approach translates effectively in both their recordings and live performance.
Waking from a nap in the swamps of outer space, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds ride a geisterbahn into the hypnagogic, a place between sleep and consciousness also known as the “Haunted Head”.
Legendary guitar stylist Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds) and long time cohorts, bassist Kiki Solis (Knife In The Water), drummer Ron Miller (Up The Academy), and guitarist Jesse Roberts (Sandrider, The Ruby Doe) create a cocktail of fuzz guitars, New Orleans drum beats, soulful strut bass lines, and sonic ambrosia from beyond.
Grauzone and Paard are joining forces on Saturday 16 September for The Grauzone Summer Special, an kick off for Grauzone Festival at february 10, 2018. We selected a variation of great acts like Jucifer, Mekanik Kommando, Crows, Mecano, Die Selektion and DJ sets by RUDE 66 and ELIXER (Sid Idiopath - Yokocola & Trish Trash - Grauzone).