20 October 2009 at 12:45 posted by Bart Van Belle 0 Comments

Some more news on the Worst Case Scenario-reissue. As mentioned before the reissue will have 2 cd's and a dvd. One cd will contain the remastered version of Worst Case Scenario, the other other one will contain the b-sides (including Zea) from that era.

The most interesting part will probably be the dvd. It contains live-footage, photographs, a VPRO-documentary about the album and the brandnew documentary Time Is The State Of My Jeans: The Making of Worst Case Scenario. The documentary not only tells the story of WCS, it also contains items where Brian Molko and Guy Garvey en Gary Lightbody tell about their WCS-experience.
The documentary was co-produced by digital tv-station Acht. The week before the release will be dEUS-week at Acht. They will broadcast the new documentary and a compilation of the two Pukkelpop-gigs that week.
(thx to Michael)

at 09:55 posted by Bart Van Belle 0 Comments

Some reviews of Temple of a restless soul:

15 October 2009 at 20:33 posted by Bart Van Belle 0 Comments

Mixed feelings. That's what I have about Tempo of a restless soul, the Tom Barman-documentary that was screened for the first time wednesday evening at the Vooruit in Ghent.

Since it was the première almost everybody who was in the movie, was also at Vooruit. Tom, Stephane, Alan and Klaas (no Mauro), Christian Pierre, Tom's mother, Renaat Lambeets, Manu Riche, etcetera.

I didn't really know what to expect. To be honest, I was really looking forward to the movie, until I saw the trailer last week. It wasn't tempting at all. But it was only the trailer...

The prologue was rather original. Tom, his sister and his mother are discussing the documentary and his sister clearly isn't very happy with it (at that moment). The documentary itself gives us a nice view on the period between the release of Pocket Revolution and the gig at Werchter 2008. Since Manu Riche and Renaat Lambeets have recorded about 100 hours of material, they probably had a difficult job reducing it to about 90 minutes.

And probably that's the problem I have with Tempo of a restless soul. Ofcourse it offers us a nice view on life on the road. And ofcourse it's nice to see the little discussions about some errors played during Suds & Soda. But it's too fragmentaric. And we have to guess where and when the band is, since there are no indications of time and place in the movie. As a heavy dEUS-follower I was able to add that context myself, but I can imagine there's other people who can't.

Tom's bond with his mother is more or less the red thread of the movie, but again it lacks depth. Why is this bond so special? Since the working title was Portrait of a young man as an artist, I really was expecting a deeper glimpse into Tom's soul. A depth interview with Tom would ofcourse be a better way to discover that then the fly on the wall-style of filming.

The most intense part is probably the scene two days before the start of the recording sessions of Vantage Point where Alan turned out to be stoned as a monkey. At that moment we get to see Tom worried about Alan (as a friend), but also angry (as frontman) since Alan's timing is really bad. Alan was taken to rehab and they started the sessions with the songs where Alan is less important.

The big episodes of the last three years are all in the movie (first time at Vorst, touring the USA, 0110, Werchter 2008), but as a fan I'm still a little bit hungry. I would have been nice to see Tom's mother during the Vorst-gig. Or to see more of the preparation of 0110. And why isn't the Werchter-fireworks not shown? We see Tom talking about his plans during the final notes of Suds & Soda, but we don't get to see wether his plan came out.

The most interesting scenes for me were the dressing room scenes. The stress before the gig, the rituals before they get on stage, the exitement afterwards and the discussions about song X or Y being not that good as the other night. The backstage-meetings with fans and the frustration about a no smoking-sign in a dressing room in the USA.

I may sound a little negative, but that's probably because I really had high expectations. Don't be afraid to go and watch it if you get the chance. If you're a dEUS-fan you're definitely gonna enjoy it (and the demo-versions of songs in it). If you're no dEUS-fan you'll get a glimpse of the busy and energetic way of life of Tom and the band the past years. Let's hope some stuff from the 100 hours of recording material, finds its way to us through a dvd or the website.

13 October 2009 at 11:42 posted by Bart Van Belle 3 Comments

About a year ago I posted the video where Beavis & Butthead are commenting Suds & Soda on the blog. It seems to have dissappeared both from Youtube and my harddisk. Is anyone out there who happens to have saved the file and is willing to send it back to me? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Update: apparently the episode with Suds & Soda is still on Youtube (while my snippet was removed due to a copyright claim by MTV). Enjoy!

10 October 2009 at 13:32 posted by Bart Van Belle 1 Comment

There's a big article on the Tom Barman-documentary in De Standaard today. It gives some background on a couple of scenes. Most important thing may be the fact that apparently the movie is now called Tempo of a restless soul instead of Portrait Of A Young Man As An Artist.

The new title is taken from the lyrics of Slow.

Tickets are still available here.

8 October 2009 at 21:05 posted by Bart Van Belle 0 Comments

A new episode of the dEUS podcast was published earlier this week. It contains nice stuff from Pukkelpop. Enjoy!

6 October 2009 at 14:30 posted by Bart Van Belle 0 Comments

Tom Barman sings Le poinçonneur des Lilas (Serge Gainsbourg) on the Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door. This was an extra recording and not included in the TV broadcast.

(thx to Gainsnord)

at 14:02 posted by Bart Van Belle 2 Comments

The reissue of Worst Case Scenario will be released on November 20th. The package includes a remastered version of dEUS' debut-album, an extra cd (including the Zea EP, b-sides, demo's and live-recordings) and a dvd with a documentary about the recording of the album and live-footage from 1994 and 1995.
(thx to Kevin Wouters)

5 October 2009 at 14:50 posted by Bart Van Belle 3 Comments

Below is the trailer for the documentary about Tom by Manu Riche and Renaat Lambeets. Tickets for the screenings at the Ghent Filmfestival are available here.

(Source: Filmnatie)

at 14:08 posted by Bart Van Belle 1 Comment

Tom Barman will be one of the guests during the Zita Swoon-anniversary-concert at the Ancienne Belgique on December 9th. Other guests are John Parish and Arno.

Tickets are still available here.

(Update: Marc pointed me to the info about the Zita Swoon-gig in Amsterdam. Tom will also be a guest over there)