After playing a few critically acclaimed concerts last summer, all-star avant-rock ensemble The Mechanics embark on a four-date tour later this week.
Drummer Eric Thielemans is joined by Rudy Trouvé on guitar and slow dance moves, Mauro Pawlowski on bass, Jean-Yves Evrard on guitar and Roman Hiele on electronics. In this case the sum really is even bigger than its parts, which means these upcoming shows are not to be missed!
So here’s the news we weren’t allowed to disclose in the last update: Elko B(lijweert) is releasing his first ever solo album on the 8th of February through Ekster! You can take a look at the artwork, read the tracklist and promo text and, most importantly, pre-order here.
The official record release concert will take place on 5 February at 1 pm (!) at Bosbar. This Saturday, 28 January at 4 pm (!), Elko will already play a semi-improvisation preluding a “displacement of works” by Luciano Mergo at said artist’s exposition at Haecken & Ooghen, Klapdorp 35, Antwerp.
Exactly one week later, on the 4th of February, Rudy Trouvé will play live at the same location for the next displacement of works.
Elko and Jeroen reunited at Radio Centraal this afternoon. Hear the result below.
Tomorrow, Thursday 8 September, The Archetypes are reuniting for a one-off show at Café Cosmopolite in Antwerp. Miguel Sosa, Elko Blijweert and Jeroen Stevens will be improvising together for the first time in years. Scroll all the way down to see the flyer for this concert.
On Saturday, Rudy Trouvé, Daan and many others will be playing seperate sets at special (monumental) locations in the Dutch town of Bergen-Op-Zoom.
Info and links about both of these shows can be found, as always, in our Tourdates section.
Argentina’s finest Miguel Sosa of The Archetypes, Cassini Division and Strumpets fame was invited for a rare interview on yesterday’s Het Kralenspel radio show, which you can listen to below.
Exciting times, 3 new Heaven Hotel releases, 5 Heaven Hotel label nights with live Heaven Hotel bands..
We’ll start by proudly presenting The Tone Zones, a 2 man surf-electronica band featuring Elko Blijweert and Milan Warmoeskerken, check their band page here
Their brand new vinyl is ready, and can be pre-ordered in our shop There are original interpretations of The Pyramids, The Ventures, The Shadows and – cultband avant la lettre – The Jokers and Front 242.
You can see them live on our label nights!
Then there is the new Tape Cuts Tape vinyl, expected around March 13.
Also available for pre-ordering in our shop. This one can be obtained as vinyl or CD, your choice.
Tape Cuts Tape improvises, and are Rudy Trouvé – Eric Thielemans – Lynn Cassiers
And then, to celebrate, there is a double vinyl (comes with free CD), God Owes Us a Swimming Pool.
26 tracks with a pretty good overview of what has been released on Heaven Hotel.
What’s more, the whole compilation album can be streamed for free!
We hope you enjoy our new site, new releases, and hope to see you on one of the label nights!
20 years Heaven Hotel! “We were in bands. We went to bars. We met people who were in bands … so we started new bands. We made a record. With the money we made … we made new records. … That’s basically what we still do.” (Elko & Rudy – Heaven Hotel)
Thursday, March 19 at 8:00pm TENACE ORCHESTRA + TAPE CUTS TAPE + THE TONE ZONES + MITTLAND OCH LEO (DJ) Het Bos Ankerrui 5-7, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
Friday March 20: Tape Cuts Tape, The Tone Zones, I H8 Camera (feat. Stef Kamil Carlens) – Les Ateliers Claus – RUE CRICKXSTRAAT 15 – 1060 St. Gillis
In March ‘God Owes Us a Swimming Pool’ will be released- a compilation of stuff released between 1995 and 2015’, a double album feature (Vinyl and CD) of Heaven Hotel releases.
To promote this and other upcoming releases (Tape Cuts Tape, The Tone Zones) releases Heaven Hotel is coming to a place near you in Belgium under impulse of the engines of Heaven Hotel, Rudy Trouvé en Elko Blijweert and organize a few Labelnights.
Between interesting and representative, between obscure, improvisation and always surprisingly unique.
God Owes Us a Swimming Pool is a Heaven Hotel double vinyl compilation being released because of the Heaven Hotel label being in existence for 20 years, which is accompanied by a tour of Heaven Hotel bands all over Belgium, in different venues, with different bands, and labelled as the Labelnights 2015.
Some old, some new will be presented, and in any case every night will be unique and full of surprises, for both the bands and the audience.
Tape Cuts Tape will be playing every night because of their upcoming 3rd release, and also The Tone Zones, a new formed duo of guitarists Elko Blijweert (o.a. Dead Man Ray and Gruppo Di Pawlowski) and Milan Warmoeskerken (Mittland och Leo). They will release their debut album also in March, full off surfinstrumentals and elektronics. They have a few nice intepretations of The Pyramids, The Ventures, The Shadows eand – cultband avant la lettre – The Jokers.
On December 20 Rudy will have an exhibition of his paintings at Coffee & Vinyl , a specialized coffee bar and vinyl store in antwerp’s south.
The record store is home to a massive collection of music, spanning most genres, both new and second hand, and organizes regular exhibitions.
Rudy Trouvé will be in the shop on the 20th December to open the expo and play a little live set..