This weekend, BIMFEST 2018 kicks off with Covenant, Leaether Strip, Light Asylum, Clock Dva & Agent Side Grinder amongst others!
14 + 15.12.2018 - De Casino - St-Niklaas - B
(THE Belgian Independent Music Festival since 2002)
This weekend the 17th edition of the renowned Belgian Independent Music Festival 2018 or for short, BIMFEST, will take place. Like every year, BodyBeats Productions have managed to compile a very varied, appealing and interesting line-up in the best 'BIMFEST tradition! BIMFEST is not a festival that focuses on mass tourisme with only big and popular names but rather tries to focus on the real alternative and underground music lovers.
Let us briefly introcuce the line-up, in alphabetical order:
AGENT SIDE GRINDER (SE)
Agent Side Grinder is an electronic band from Stockholm, Sweden, which was formed in 2005. The band has made four albums and toured extensively throughout Europe. Their first two albums, Agent Side Grinder (2008) and Irish Recording Tape (2009) were rooted in post-punk, industrial and dark electro. The band quickly gained an underground following throughout Europe. Agent Side Grinder has a reputation of being a powerful and mighty live band and have recently released the long awaited new and stunning videos/singles "Doppelgänger" & Stripdown
AMNISTIA is a German electro/EBM duo who call the music they create BodyWave. The band was founded in Leipzig by Stefan Schötz and Tino Claus. The latter is also know from EBM act MRDTC and his solo project TC75. The name AMNISTIA is both the program and a philosophy. In many languages it means amnesty.
A new album is in the pipline!
CLOCK DVA (UK)
Clock DVA returns to BIMFEST as the headliner for the Friday night, 14th of December. CLOCK DVA have played BIMFEST once before in 2011, stunning our BIMFEST audience with their mesmerizing multimedia performance! This time these electronic music pioneers, since 1978, will be performing an exclusive Belgian show with tracks from their legendary albums Buried Dreams, Man-Amplified, some new stuff and much more!
Covenant's 9th studio album, 'The Blinding Dark', was released in November 2016 and showed a remarkable development in style, something that Covenant definitely wanted to do with this album - not least because of the subject that they dealt with on this album. With this release, this Swedish / German outfit has probably released their most artistically ambitious album so far. As many music lovers and critics agreed, this album was perhaps also their most obscure and moody album since their first two albums Dreams Of A Cryotank (1994) and Sequencer (1996).
Therefore it was a more than logical consequence that BodyBeats, after their successful The Blinding Dark Tour’ passage in 2017, asked Covenant if they could be up for to the idea of presenting some gems from their first two albums to the BIMFEST audience. Being great admirers and supporters of BIMFEST, frontman Eskil Simonsson and his companions immediately agreed and started working. Of course, besides these lovely vintage songs, they will also play some of their most famous clubsongs to please their fans!
Call Ships To port (Video)
FIRST AID 4 SOULS (HU)
First Aid 4 Souls is one of the electronic music projects founded by Hungarian musician Istvan Gazdag. With this project he mixes the brutality of noise music with the psychedelic pulsation of trance/acid, the rich melodies of new-wave / synth-wave and the strict grinding of electro industrial / EBM. Recently he fired-up a brand new project called Stalgeist which has a more straightforward EBM sound. Together with Tamás Bank (Munkás/Worker) they summon the classic EBM sounds with harsh precision and commitment. At BIMFEST they will present the best of both worlds to us as opener on Friday 14th December.
GERTRUD STEIN (CH/UK)
Is the visual art & electro music project of the London based Swiss artist Gertrud Stein who drew our attention with her contribution to the Daft Records compilation 'Deep' and her subsequent successful, stunning and enchanting performance at the Daft Festival in Antwerp (2017). Getrud Stein's live shows with her virtual live bandmembers Mike Line, Tom Delay and Diana D.I. are not to be missed!
LEÆTHER STRIP (DK)
It has been 30 years since the Dane Claus Larsen started his Leaether Strip project and released his debut on the now defunct Zoth Ommog label shortly afterwards. In addition to having more than a handful of side projects, this man has released already as many studio albums (30) under the Leaether Strip moniker. No wonder he can't be ignored by dark music festivals and clubs from all over the world. He already played BIMFEST 2009 and the BodyBeats Festival 2011. And this year he is returning to BIMFEST 2018 to celebrate Leaether Strip's 30th birthday with a special and exclusive birthday and career overview show!
LIEBKNECHT is an alter ego of Daniel Myer, also known as head and voice from German 90s cultband HAUJOBB. LIEBKNECHT is Techno, Dance-floor Elements mixed with Dark Textures, Cryptic Messages, Eclectic Experimental Sounds and Straight Forward Beats, always on the edge between Old-school Electro and Club Culture. After some successful DIY teaser releases through Bandcamp the band has now signed to Lenny Dee's label Hard Electronic from NYC for the release of their debut album 'Produkt', due to be released on January 9th, 2019!
LIGHT ASYLUM (USA)
Light Asylum is a NYC/Brooklyn-based electronic music project founded by Shannon Funchess. The band released their first EP 'In Tension' in 2010. The self-titled début album Light Asylum has been released in May 2012 and received positive reviews all over the world. Shannon collaborated with many artists such as: The Knife, Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb) and ADULT. Light Asylum's music incorporates elements of dark-wave, synth-pop and post-punk and is heavily influenced by bands like Depeche Mode, Nitzer Ebb and Nine Inch Nails. In 2012 Light Asylum played the renowned Belgian Pukkelpop Festival, now it's time for BIMFEST !!!
NZ is THE Austrian EBM revelation of the last years and is a band that doesn't seem to make any efforts to cover up who influenced them the most. Even their own band name can be taken as a clear reference to one of the biggest names in EBM music history Nitzer Ebb. With their pounding beats, cutting sequencers and slogan-like vocals they will set every EBM fanatic in motion in no time. After their first DIY EP release 'Your Pure Heart,' the German Emmo.biz label signed them almost immediately, releasing another three very strong EPs. In 2015, these EPs were bundled in a 3 CD collector box, so now we are looking forward to their new and first full album!
With only one EP to her name so far, this female Dutch electronic artist can already be called the discovery from the low lands. Stahlr is about contrasts and opposing, overwhelming futuristic forms of Brutalist architecture, masculinity, concrete versus wavy lines, subtle expressions and femininity. Stahlr sounds like Cocteau Twins playing a musical version of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein in a concrete parking garage.
Long have we had to wait for the first band to be announced but now the 3 days line-up is getting filled-in quite quickly. Out Of Line already paid gratitude to all those who already obtained their weekend ticket as they apperently gifted the organisation the best Early Bird Sale since the begining of this festival. Not so obvious as the Out Of Line Weekender is not putting their line-up together the easy way but also relies on open-minded music fans who dare to listen out of the box.
From today on you can buy separate day tickets, so it is time for announcing who plays when: Thursday will rise under the sign of electronic music, that means beats and melodies till the dance shoe is burning. On Friday there will be the Crazy World Of Out Of Line with all its facets and a lot of our young and wild will have a good chance to see their future favourite for the first time. And on Saturday the stage will be ruled by heavy electric guitars that will arrange raspy voices and tortured necks. So you get a good amount of variety in a program that you can only get from the Out Of Line Weekender. Still a few bands are to be announced soon!
The Weekend Tickets are available for 64,90 €, the Day Tickets cost 32,90€.
Thu, 04/APR/2019 Fri, 05/APR/2019 Sat, 06/APR/2019
Fear of Domination
Rave The Reqviem
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
British enfant terrible Raymond Watts / PIG releases his BLACK MASS EP, covering WHAM!, Elvis Presley and John Lennon!
Enter <PIG>... covering WHAM! ("Last Christmas"), Elvis Presley ("Blue Christmas") and John Lennon ("Happy Xmas (War Is Over)") on this new holiday EP BLACK MASS.
You might know mastermind Raymond Watts from his own project which recently released a much-ballyhoo'ed cover of KC & the Sunshine Band's "That's the Way (I Like It)" with adult actress/author/personality Sasha Gray... or his many albums before that... or perhaps in his stint in KMFDM... or you might have seen him in your rivethead days on tour with Killing Joke, KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails, or Einstürzende Neubauten. Or perhaps you were introduced to him via the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen who hired him to create the soundscape for his fashion shows.
Even though this EP is released for FREE on Bandcamp, the artist is donating all proceeds to anyone giving any size of donation to Rescue.org.
On this day, 39 years ago John Peel broadcasted Joy Division's 2nd Peel Sessions!
Today it’s been 39 years since Joy Division’s second Peel Session was broadcasted for the first time by John Peel on BBC radio (December 10th, 1979). All tracks, previously unreleased at that time, were recorded in the London BBC studios on November 26th, 1979.
The EP of this recording was released in 1986 by Strange Fruit records and spent seventeen weeks in the UK Indie Chart, peaking at number 3!
Joy Division - The Peel Sessions (II)
A1. Love Will Tear Us Apart 3:20
A2. 24 Hours 4:05
B1. Colony 4:08
B2. Sound of Music 4:20
SID VICIOUS, A Christmas Story | 41-Years Ago The Pistols Deliver Christmas
John Simon Ritchie, a name which will mean very little to people, bring little thought or judgement, however, his stage name or rather nickname does in Sid Vicious.
Immediately there is a violent thought, there are the thoughts of suicide, murder and perhaps a one of pity.
Some of these thoughts, especially the one of him committing a murder may not be fully true, but there is the violence, yes, there was a violent persona especially in his image, his self harm on stage and if you believe Nick Kent the way Sid could swing a bicycle chain.
But that is one view if you see the footage of the Sex Pistols playing a gig in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England on Christmas Day 1977 you get a totally different view.
In that year over 30,000 firefighters went on strike across England over unfair pay claims and conditions of work, although they were still answering emergency calls, the army was called in to handle everything else.
That Christmas the children of the firefighters were suffering as a result and so we have the most unlikely of events triggering and one which was going against the grain of the populist idea created by the press of the day.
The Sex Pistols played for the children of the striking firemen on that Christmas Day, now you start to come away with a very different image and idea.
Whereas the survivor footage shows, Sid Vicious dancing and laughing with children and having food fights, all good fun and all natural for a young twenty-year old man.
Seems very implausible that the anti-establishment, anarchists of rage the Sex Pistols could play the part of Santa Claus
,but they did.
What is more significant was, this occasion was the last time The Sex Pistols played in the UK with Sid Vicious, within three-weeks the band had imploded on the first leg of their tour of the United States.
Stories of good nature are not usually associated with Sid Vicious or the Sex Pistols, if there are such stories similar to this they have been buried underneath by the tabloid jewels of hate, but very soon you realise that they were victims of their own image, where the part they were playing took over the person they were and this is very true for young John Simon Ritchie.