Three news tourdates have been added. dEUS will play B1 in Moscow on May 14th and Debaser in Stockholm on May 22nd. The performace at Melt Festival has also been confirmed. I have updated the tourmap with the latest info.
dEUS will headline the Rock Werchter festival on Sunday, July 6. Other acts that day include Beck, Underworld, the Kaiser Chiefs and Justice. Radiohead & Sigur Rós will play the day before. Here's the list so far.
A complete version of The Architect is now available on the dEUS Myspace player, Last.fm and Facebook. Feel free to embed the Last.FM player in your blog, Myspace or Facebook-profile. And give your opinion in the poll on the right side of this blog.
If you didn't get tickets for the clubtour, you can always score tickets for Rock Werchter. Presale starts on saturday March 1st. They've just added Neil Young, Moby, Beck, Soulwax and Underworld to their line-up. Other bands include R.E.M., Radiohead and Lenny Kravitz. A ticket for 1 day will cost 75 euro.
The upcoming release of Vantage Point has made it to Billboard, Pitchfork, Uncut, Drowned in Sound, Noize Makes Enemies and CMJ Network.
Other online media coverage:
Belgium: De Standaard, Knack, daMusic, De Morgen, Het Belang van Limburg, Musiczine.net, De redactie, RTL
The Netherlands: LiveXS, Alternative Blog
If you notice other media-coverage, just drop me a line.
"Get off get up, you son of pop the light below is bright on top."With this primal scream the flemish rock scene was awoken in 1994. The scream was from a group of youngsters from Antwerp who called themselves "dEUS". They garnered international succes with their single "Suds And Soda".
Dear Tom, your first album "Worst Case Scenario" hit the scene in 1994 like a bomb. The international music press was lacking the superlatives to describe it. The Brittish Q magazine was talking about a unique appeal, thanks to the combination of astonishing songs with fresh, unrestrained arrangements and an unusual combination of the sublime with the bizarre. Others described your music as "cosmopolitan" and "freakish", "experimental" and "melodious", "warm" and "surprising". The mainstream audience followed, concert halls filled and albums sold like crazy. The successors of the debut album were also received very warmly. Hits like "Sister Dew" and "Instant Street", what we just heard, are the favorite songs for hundreds of thousands of youngsters.
The wait for your last album "Pocket Revolution" was long. But it has turned out a jewel. We know that you're recording a new album right now and we're looking forward to it anxiously.
You gave us goose bumps, on large stages, "Vorst Nationaal", "Rock Werchter" and the "0110" concerts. But dEUS is more than just a live band. The technicity you put in your studio work is without its equal. Moreover, dEUS is not your only creative project. Together wit Guy Van Nueten you're playing acoustical concerts. Your dj sets, using the name Magnus, prove your musical versatility. Film is your first love and is a constant theme in your work. You directed most of the music clips of dEUS, but also some of Arno and Axelle Red. In 1996 your short film "Turnpike" was played over Europe as an opener for "Trainspotting". With "Any Way The Wind Blows" you have put a successful full-length film on your record.
Since 1998 dEUS is cultural ambassador for Flanders. And rightly so, because your impact on the national and international pop scene is very large. Thanks to dEUS, the Flemish rock scene has started to believe in itself again. A lot of young and innovative talent is sprung up in your lead. Often people with whom you had a collaboration with. Examples are "Zita Swoon", "Vive La Fete" and "Millionaire".
Dear Tom, not a lot of people can say they have a generation named after them. You can, the young adults of this time belong to the "dEUS-generation". As a token of our appreciation i present to you, in the name of the Flemish Parliament, the golden medallion 2008.
Next Friday Dutch radio 3FM will premiere 'Slow', the first single from Vantage Point outside of Belgium. The song, which features Karin Dreijer from The Knife, will get aired in the show MoveYourAss, which starts at 22h CET and will also feature a short interview with Tom.
(thx to Kevin)
Als je goed kijkt zie je Tom staan terwijl hij de erepenning krijgt van Marleen Vanderpoorten. Op de ministerbanken à Raymond, Dirk Brossé en Will Tura. Weinig volk in het parlement: de lege vleugel is die van het Vlaams Belang, ook Lijst De Decker was niet aanwezig.
Patrick Riguelle speelde Instant Street. Heel grappig was de doventolk van Helga Stevens die Instant Street simultaan vertaalden.
Marleen Vanderpoorten opende haar speech met de opening van WCS, verwees naar dEUS en soloprojecten met Guy Van Nueten en Bolland. Ze keek uit naar de nieuwe cd die dEUS ‘aan het opnemen is’ en ze besloot met de stellen dat een hele generatie naar hem is genoemd: de dEUS-generatie. Marleen Vanderpoorten verwees ook naar 0110 waarop de aanwezige parlementairen applaudisseerden.
Later today, at 2 PM, ticketsale for the Belgian dEUS-gigs will start. Below you'll find straight links to the ticketpages where you can order. If you want tickets for Luik or Hasselt, you better make sure you have a Sherpa.be-account.
29/04 Muziekodroom, Hasselt - buy tickets
30/04 Droixhe, Luik - buy tickets
01/05 Het Depot, Leuven - buy tickets
02/05 Eden, Charleroi - buy tickets
03/05 Cactus at MAZ, Brugge - buy tickets
05/05 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels - buy tickets
There's an interview with Nick Cave in Knack today. At the time of the interview Cave had just finished his interview with Tom Barman for Spraakmakers and he was apparently feeling a bit dizzy. Cave says he felt like he did three interviews at the same time.
Wij vrezen het ergste wanneer we Cave, wiens teksten jarenlang heet van de heroïnenaald dropen, bij het betreden van zijn hotelkamer een pilletje zien achteroverklokken. 'Paracetamol', verzekert hij ons. Blijkt dat Cave voor het Canvasprogramma Spraakmakers net een uur lang met Tom Barman heeft zitten praten en dat zijn hoofd er nóg van duizelt.
Nick Cave: Een toffe en intelligente gast, maar ik heb het gevoel dat ik net drie interviews tegelijk heb gedaan. Als ik nog één fuckin' woord uit mijn mond hoor komen, schiet ik me voor de kop. Geloof het of niet, maar eigenlijk praat ik helemaal niet zo graag over mezelf.
Fabchannel.com, the award-winning live music platform, today announced a recording and multi-territory digital exploitation agreement with Universal Music Netherlands, a division of the world’s leading music company, for live recordings of Universal Music artists performing at the Paradiso in Amsterdam and other Fabchannel-venue (as Melkweg).
Since V2 (the recordlabel of dEUS outside Belgium) is a part of Universal, it's not impossible that the gig in Melkweg will make it to Fabchannel. In the meantime you can still watch this Zita Swoon-gig from 2005.
Apparently, the april 10th gig (Mannheim) was first scheduled in Heidelberg. Or did the German promotor made a mistake when he mailed the tourdates to Rockpalast?
(Source: Rockpalast weblog)
Update: Pollstar is also listing Heidelberg instead of Mannheim.
If you're on Facebook (or Last.fm) and you're planning to go and see one (or more) dEUS-shows, be sure to add the dEUS-gigs to your events. They're all listed over here (or here). Just click 'Add to my events'.
Tom was interviewed on Studio Brussel tonight about the exiting announcements of today. Here's a quick round-up:
- The album will be released on April 18th
- The album was recorded and mixed in three months (a record for dEUS)
- The album is compact, danceable and recorded for live-performances
- Vantage Point contains 10 songs (about 47 minutes)
- They play smaller clubs first to warm-up for the festivals
- He thinks it's a pitty bands from outside Belgium usually skip the smaller clubs they're playing now and directly go to halls as Vooruit (Gent) and Ancienne Belgique (Brussel)
- They'll be making the video for The Architect next week
- Tom directed the clip for Slow. He describes it as a typical dEUS-video with dancers (5 young girls)
- The architect is about Buckminster Fuller and contains his voice (hidden under effects)
Update: you can listen to the interview here.
Nice story from Steven Adam in my mailbox:
Melt Festival is scheduled from July 18th to July 20th.
Last weekend i did a little trip with my girlfriend to antwerp. It was the first time i visited antwerp. So, yesterday evening, the first day of ourstay, we went to a sushi bar (minato, vlaamsekaai) to have a nice diner. Ok, that sounds like an boring story, but here's the unbelieveable: guess who entered the restaurant? Right, tom! I was completly excited but i didn't want to disturb him during his meal. So i waited until he went out for a smoke. So i smoked a cigarette with him and talked with him about the new album. After reading your blog, i can give you interesting news: he told me that they'll play the melt festival in germany (near berlin).
The events-listing on Last.Fm is also mentioning a dEUS-gig in Moscow on May 14th. The gig was not mentioned in the list of official tourdates that was revealed today. Since it's not listed on the Club B1-website, I consider it a rumour until further notice.
By the way: the tourmap is updated with all new gigs. If you notice a missing one, just drop me a line in the comments.
Tom said on StuBru this afternoon that Slow would be the album's first international single, while The Architect is the single for Belgium.
Besides the new single The Architect, the only new song listed in the keywords of the new home page is Slow.
[...] The Architect,Slow,Vantage Point [...]
Does this point to Slow as a second single?
There's also a message from Tom on the new website. He talks about the album and says they'll be touring the big cities in Europe first, then come back for the festival and do an larger tour in autumn.
About the album:
- Vantage Point was produced by Dave McCracken and mixed by Joe Hirst.
- One of the songs features Lies Lorquet from Mintzkov
- Other special guests include Guy Garvey from Elbow (on‘The Vanishing Of Maria Schneider’) and Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife (on 'Slow')
- The video for Slow is being finished as we speak and should be available on dEUS.be soon
dEUS.be has just announced a bunch of new tourdates. They play a lot in smaller clubs.
Check the tourpage on the brand new dEUS.be for more info. Ticketsale for the Belgian gigs will start next wednesday.
08/04 Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
09/04 Roxy, Saarbrücken, Germany (tickets)
10/04 Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim, Germany (tickets)
14/04 Kulturkirche, Köln, Germany (tickets)
15/04 Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
16/04 Scala, London, UK
24/04 Trabendo, Paris, France (tickets)
29/04 Muziekodroom, Hasselt, Belgium (tickets)
30/04 Droixhe, Luik, Belgium (tickets)
01/05 Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium
02/05 Eden, Charleroi, Belgium
03/05 Cactus at MAZ, Brugge, Belgium
05/05 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
07/05 Elserhalle, München, Germany (tickets)
08/05 Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy (tickets)
09/05 Rote Fabrik, Zürich, Switzerland
10/05 Linzfestival, Linz, Austria
11/05 Flex, Vienna, Austria (tickets)
De Morgen and Gazet Van Antwerpen have an interview with Nick Cave today. Apparently, Tom has interviewed Nick Cave for tv-program Spraakmakers. The interview will be aired on March 9th.
Although, they used to have the same tourmanager Cave says in the newspapers he doesn't know dEUS, but he will listen to it since Tom gave him an album.
Paulus posted the tracklist of Vantage Point on ISR. Here we go:
1. When She Comes Down
2. Oh Your God
3. Eternal Woman
4. Favourite Game
6. The Architect
7. Is a Robot
8. Smokers Reflect
9. The Vanishing of Maria Schneider
10. Popular Culture
Studio Brussel will air the new single of dEUS monday morning somewhere between 7.30 and 7.45 hour. The song is called The Architect and is according to Peter Van de Veire a very danceable tune.
(thx to Idiotic on ISR)
I have been subscribed to the Last.FM Events-feed for dEUS for a while. Saw a new event popping up this morning: a dEUS-gig at Rote Fabrik, Zürich on April 9th. Since the official Rote Fabrik website has not listed the gig at this moment, I consider it a rumour.
Interesting article in Focus Knack last week about the increasing prices for concerttickets (in Dutch). It show a graphic with the evolution of the prices for dEUS-concerts (in Belgium). And also a nice ticketscan from the early dEUS-years.
Somebody posted a comment saying dEUS will play The Scala in London on April 16th. There's nothing on the official Scala-website (yet), but Ticketmaster.co.uk is indeed listing this gig. Presale should start next monday.
The Flemish Parliament will extend the Gouden Erepenning for merits in the music-industry to Tom Barman, Dirk Brosse, Will Tura and Raymond Van Het Groenewoud next wednesday February 27th between 12.00 and 15.00 hour.
(thx to Tom)
Let the rumouring begin! Got a mail today pointing me to the Motel Mozaïque-website and saying there's a Very Special Guest scheduled on Friday April 11th. Could it be? Have you heard other rumours about dEUS-gigs? Please post them in the comments.
I will add rumoured gigs to the tourmap as well. You'll recognize them by the -icon.
Here's the list of the tourdates for the Vantage Point Tour so far. A graphical overview of the tour is available on the tourmap. You can also add gigs to your Facebook or Last.FM-events and make plans with other fans on I Suffer Rock.
17/04/2008 - Hub Session, BBC 6 Music, Londen (UK)
20/04/2008 - Vantage Point Studio Webcast, Antwerp, Belgium
18/05/2008 - Private gig for Radio Mint
with Arid and Girls in Hawaii
11/07/2008 - Oxegen, An Nas, Ireland (SOLD OUT)
12/07/2008 - T in the Park, Balado, Kinross-shire, Schotland (SOLD OUT)
17/08/2008 - Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands (SOLD OUT)
22/02/2009 - Humo's Pop Poll, Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
A bit late due to my trip to Paris, but in case you've missed the news: dEUS will (again) headline Rock Werchter. The exact date is not known yet. Rock Werchter will take place from July 3rd to July 6th. Other bands include Radiohead, R.E.M., Chemical Brothers, Kaiser Chiefs and Lenny Kravitz. More info on www.rockwerchter.be.