Genre-defying evolutions are the trademark of British post-punk legends Wire. 40 Years after the release of their debut ‘Pink Flag’, the four now launch a festival at a number of locations around the world, under the name DRILL. Unique evenings with diverse styles, influences and generations, curated by Colin Newman and cohorts.
Wire, belonging to the vanguard of British punk in 1977, is still alive and kicking forty years later. The punk world was soon discarded and traded in for tight post-punk and new wave. After a fantastic journey along 15 albums, wonderful singles and memorable live shows, the post-punk legends release new album ‘Silver/Lead’ 40 years after debut ‘Pink Flag’. To present this album, they visit AB with their DRILL festival (and that well-established live-reputation too) to shake the Main Hall to its foundations once more!
Benjamin John Power – aka half of the colossal Fuck Buttons – goes deeper than ever before with his solo project Blanck Mass. Think: all the epic Fuck Buttons squalls, but then supplemented by his love of 90’s techno, powerful drones and bass that instantly have you gasping for air. Debut ‘Dumb Flesh’ was already a hit, a successor is planned for spring ’17 – again on the fantastic Sacred Bones (Jenny Hval, Pharmakon, Föllakzoid, etc.). The Blanck Mass visit will be monumental!
British duo Raime sounds like “the DNA of dub-techno, garage/grime and post-hardcore rock music spliced into sleek and predatory new forms”. A dark, experimental and filmic sound with an excellent live-reputation, their albums are invariably released on the fantastic Blackest Ever Black label (Carla dal Forno, Regis, etc.). Toppers in AB!
When Bert Dockx (Flying Horseman, Strand), Fred Jacques (Lyenn) and Steven Cassiers (Dez Mona, …) make music together, something wonderful happens: Dans Dans! Adventurous improvisation is their credo and, in doing so, they mainly reinterpret the work of iconic jazz artists like Sun Ra, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman but also tracks from the likes of Tom Waits, Nick Drake, David Bowie and Robert Wyatt. One of Belgium’s most exciting acts!
Paper Hats, a Brussels collective, last year released ‘PH02’ – one of Belgium’s albums of the year (dixit De Morgen). A fantastic album, one that feels like a weird trip full of edgy synthesizers, bizarre bleeps and rugged rhythms, a danceable cross-pollination between Joy Division, Orbital and Radiohead. They had the AB crowing with pleasure last year at the Crystal Castles aftershow, now they come to do the same again!
The project of Bram Delvaux – assisted by Wouter Beeckmans (guitars, synths), Nele De Gussem (synths), Klaas Tome (synths) and Gert Malfliet (drums) – deals in dark and eerie soundtracks that reflect contemporary life. An intriguing mix of the ignorant 60’s, the experimental 70’s and the kitsch of the 80’s.
Onrust, the alter-ego of Kortrijk’s Wendy Mulder, is an analogue/electronic mindfuck influenced by rhythmic industrial, underground techno and psychedelic drones.
The Fly + Adam Wiltzie
The surprise on the bill is The Fly, a mysterious band that is aided by Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid/ A Winged Victory For The Sullen). We’re just as curious as you are about this secretive project.
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