That happened spontaneous at the time. In we did a short tour with Sylvester Anfang, through the Netherlands and Belgium. Erik never played with Jandek, which is one of the 7 musicians that Erik never played with, as far as I know. Is it true that it was actually Steve Marreyt Edgar Wappenhalter his idea that you would form a band?
Yes, that idea came from Steve. He organized a festival in of the atonal Flemish people or something, in Antwerp at the time. You served as the local Jools Holland, but without the boogie woogie piano intermezzo.
A matter of doing something different than always solo. Steve suggested Erik on drums and Tommy on bass. Yes, the name was invented by Niels. The album on Fonal was just out, and on the cover is a photo of the old family dog, Tjabbo, who died. Hence the name I suspect, unless Niels thought Tommy and Erik sounded and looked like dying dogs, that is also possible. Still lucky, because at some point it was almost Ignatz and the vodkas …. It sounds much better if we record there.
Especially a drum is hard to record in a way that sounds good. Christophe also knows very well what he is doing and he understands what we do, that helps. During rehearsals we sometimes record with a zoom recorder, there are certain versions of the songs that are really good like that, but they still sound much worse than in the studio. Perhaps they can also be released, but then rather as on tape or something. Busy calendars make that impossible.
In itself I would like to take more time to rehearse and record and do a long tour, but that is currently not possible for anyone. We therefore have to refuse many shows, which is of course a pity. At a certain moment we realized that we had not played together for a year. This is currently limited to a few times a year.
If I would be able hand out a stack of money at every performance or rehearsal, it would be a different matter of course. A few weeks ago there was an interview in Humo with J. In it his wife said that J. Cale had the image of being lazy and casual, playing guitar on the porch with his feet up high but that he actually knew very well what he was doing with his music, and he worked hard on it.
She added that he was also very critical with his output. I have that impression with you: it all seem very casually and spontaneous, but you actually know very well what you want and you are strict to yourself. That is why there is 4 years between this album and the previous one. We had recordings ready, but for me it was just not enough for a whole album.
But afterwards, when you listen to it again years later, it appears that you were a bit too strict to yourself. Sometimes you think: I want that, and you no longer listen to what you have.
In the same interview, his wife also said that J. Cale regularly used a whammy pedal, I do that too! I asked you a few months ago to go to Shabaka Hutchings, but I warned you it could be very bad.
Good is not the same as interesting. Very bad music can still be interesting. Very boring music can still be very good. Much of what you find good or bad is the result of social pressure. Music is a social art form.
Wearing those clothes or that uniform identifies you, the same goes for music. Still, I was stuck on the boat and could not leave, so I actually found it very entertaining to watch. He was then taken away by 2 muscular stewards.
The band just kept playing. At the fair in Landen a duo with a midi keyboard and a bass guitar was covering Johnny Cash. The atmosphere was somewhere in between a film by the Dardenne brothers and a film by Wes Anderson. I will soon be taking a car ride from Landen to Vienna.
Any suggestions for music in the car? I once drove about km with that CD stuck on repeat. Highly recommended, stories from the rich history of country music in a broader social context. Best concert ever, you said once. That made a deep impression on my year-old self.
Even though I might say it differently right after a great show. Wire music journalist David Keenan called you the best guitarist on the European mainland. Do you ever see yourself make a record without vocals, with just a guitar? Pre-set concepts and plans for a record never work for me. It may be that I suddenly make a record without vocals, but not if I plan that in advance. Bridget St. Contact les albums claus.
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