Sonic City

Curated By VIET CONG

19.21.22 NOVEMBER 2015

The THURSTON MOORE BAND

Sunday

© The Thurston Moore Band
The Thurston Moore Band is Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) on the bass, drummer Steve Shelley, James Sedwards on guitar and oh yeah, Thurston Moore. The gig? Expect songs from last year's 'The Best Day' and we guess also some tunes that will appear on ''Rock 'n Roll Consciousness'' that is to appear next year. We've seen TMB happen at Belgium's Cactus Festival this summer. And damn it was the right amount of loud and noisy.
http://thurstonmoore.com/

The POP GROUP

Saturday

When The Pop Group released 'Citizen Zombie', their first LP in over three decades, for a second there, the world stopped spinning. 'Citizen Zombie', following 1980's 'How Much Longer do we Tolerate Mass Murder' put The Pop Group back on the map. And they're coming straight for you on Sonic City Saturday.
http://www.thepopgroup.net/
© Chiara Meattelli & Dominic Lee

CHELSEA WOLFE

Saturday

© Chelsea Wolfe
LA-based Chelsea Wolfe's sound brings synthesized, doom-drenched electric folk to the Sonic City stage. Chelsea Wolfe's music is hard to pigeonhole, as elements of doom, drone, black metal, gothic rock and dark ambient can be noted from her debut 'The Grime and the Glow' to her last 'Pain is Beauty'-album. She has a fourth full length album 'Abyss' coming out in August '15 on Sargent House.
http://www.chelseawolfe.net/

VIET CONG

Saturday

Canadian band Viet Cong - consisting of ex-members of the lo-fi band Women - will curate Sonic City #8. This eclectic 2-day music fest takes yet another turn, as last year's James Holden-curated edition brought a lot of DJ's and producers to the stage. This year, we welcome a lot of heavy-on-the-guitar bands. Sonic City 2015 curated by Viet Cong.
https://vietcong.bandcamp.com/
© Colin Way

LIGHTNING BOLT

Sunday

''Lightning Bolt has been around for almost two decades, and their basic formula hasn't changed: Brian Chippendale still bashes his drums with chaotic precision and bassist Brian Gibson manages to make four string sound like many more.'' These two, from Providence USA, recently brought out 'Fantasy Empire' as their first LP in five years and add some loud, brutal noise to the Sonic City bill.
http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/20174-fantasy-empire/
Lightning Bolt Website

FIDLAR

Saturday

FIDLAR (stands for 'Fuck It Dog's Life's A Risk') hails from California and brings some more garage punk to the Sonic City stage. For these guys, that couldn't be too hard, because punk is in their genes! Drummer Max Kuehn and guitarist Elvis Kuehn's father is Greg, who played keys with the legendary punk band T.S.O.L .

THE SOFT MOON

Saturday

Mauro Pawlowski: ''Renewed Wave is the ideal EBM opening dance for a pagan wedding - dress code black. But also the ideal soundtrack for a wild orgy with the guests, including you.''

TOTAL CONTROL

Sunday

The only Australian act at Sonic City Festival. Post-punk straight from Melbourne, down under! The band's line-up included Mikey Young (guitar, keys), Dan Stewart (vocals), Al Montfort (guitar), Zephyr Pavey (bass) and James Vinciguerra on drums. As Pitchfork liked to state: ''Total Control are fice Melbourne men dead-set on pumping life into the spiritual tradition of post-punk exploration with little regard for sonic congruity.'' Ehrm .. okay!

HO99O9

Sunday

The Sonic City crew checked out Ho99o9 at this year's Pukkelpop Festival in Kiewit and was blown away by their weird mix of rap, punk and noise. Ho99o9 reminds of Death Grips, Bad Brains, Odd Future, but bring a lot more gore into the mix. The Sonic City Ho99o9 show must be one of the most exciting live acts on the line-up. Be scared!

METZ

Saturday

Metz is a noise rock outfit from Toronto, Canada consisting of Alex Edkins on guitar and vocals, Chris Slorach on bass and drummer Hayden Menzies. Formed in 2008 and signed to the Sub Pop label, their self-titled METZ-record was Best New Music on Pitchfork and had them touring with Fidlar and, oh, well, Viet Cong. Surprise Surprise!
https://metz.bandcamp.com/

SUUNS + JERUSALEM IN MY HEART

Sunday

Canadian band SUUNS curated the 5th edition of Sonic City Festival and then added Radwan Ghazi Moumneh's multimedia recording project Jerusalem in my Heart to the line-up. Now two became one and these Montreal-based outfits have brought out a full collaboration on Secretly Canadian (stream here). SUUNS and Jerusalem in My Heart is not just a concert, it's an experience.
https://www.facebook.com/suunsjerusaleminmyheart

DISAPPEARS

Sunday

Disappears, formed in Chicago in 2008 has played at De Kreun before and brings a mix of krautrock, shoegaze and garage. Disappears is Brian Case (90 Day Men), Boas-members Graeme Gibson and Jonathan van Herik and Damon Carruesco.
http://www.disappearsmusic.com/

FÖLLAKZOID

Saturday

Föllakzoid brings a magic mixture of psychedelics, electronics and kraut to Sonic City Festival. De Kreun has been a long-time fan of the Sacred Bones label, which released Föllakzoid's 'III' recently. Spacey grooves and hypnotising psych for you!
https://follakzoid.bandcamp.com/

SHABAZZ PALACES

Sunday

Shabazz Palaces is a Seattle-based experimental hip-hop group led by Ishmael Butler (former Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai 'Baba' Maraire. Shabazz Palaces is one of the few hip-hop acts signed to the Sub Pop label and featured on a Flying Lotus mixtape. Expect some chaotic grooves and distorted rhythmic elements in a not-so-average soul and hip-hop gig.
https://www.subpop.com/artists/shabazz_palaces

PROTOMARTYR

Saturday

Detroit post-punk quartet Protomartyr was formed in 2010 out of of former band Butt Babies, a duo consisting of Greg Ahee (guitar), Alex Leonard (drums) and later a trio with Joe Casey on vocals. When Protomartyr was formed Scott Davidson joined on bass. Consequence of Sound stated that Protomartyr ''blends the moody atmospherics of 70's UK post-punk with the raw sensibility of their Motor City garage-rock forebears.''
http://www.hardlyart.com/protomartyr.html

BO NINGEN

Sunday

Earning descriptions as 'acid punk' and 'krautcore', Bo Ningen features vocalist Taigen Kawabe, Guitarists Kohhei Matsuda and Yuki Tsujii and drummer Monchan Monna. Originally hailing from all sides of Japan, the four band members met in London. The band, signed on Stolen Recordings, made a collaborative album with Savages (who played Sonic City curated by Beak>) so, yeah, Bo Ningen: it's on!
http://boningen.info/

COLD PUMAS

Saturday

Following the 2012 release of their freshman long-player Persistent Malaise— a triumvirate split between Faux Discx, Gringo Records and Italian Beach Babes—and now a four-piece, three quarters London-based, Cold Pumas continue to funnel kraut sensibilities via tangents of Sonic Youth and Women. This metronomically grounded quartet of pedants are a dexterous and invigorating shower, for whom early 2016 will see the release of their sophomore record, The Hanging Valley.

EVIL SUPERSTARS

Thursday : Sonic City Pre-Show

Most enigmatic Belgian live-band from the 90's. Evil Superstars, with our beloved Mauro Pawlowski, stopped playing live in 1998 and is now back for more. This season Evil Superstars will play two exclusive live shows at Sonic City and Le Guess Who in the Netherlands. Evil Superstars passage at Sonic City means an extra festival day! Thursday November 19th.


THE GERMANS

Thursday : Sonic City Pre-Show

The Germans killed it at Pukkelpop 2015 and will support Evil Superstars on Sonic City Thursday.

SALAD DAYS

Friday : Sonic City Special at Budascoop at 20h15

SALAD DAYS: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-1990) examines the DIY punk scene in USA's capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Rites of Spring, Fugazi and others released their own records and booked their own shows, without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. The SALAD DAYS documentary is packed with testimonies of Ian Mackaye, Henri Rollins, Thurston Moore, Dave Grohl and other forces to be reckoned with.

As a Sonic City special; SALAD DAYS: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC will play at Budascoop Kortrijk only once!


EXPO: FELIX KINDERMANN

This expo will run throughout the Sonic City weekend.

Sonic City presents FELIX KINDERMANN's video-sound installation:
'SEPARATED (Dirty Beaches, Improvisation)'

The work 'Separated (Dirty Beaches, Improvisation)' was created with the Canadian lo-fi, no-wave musician Alex Zhang Hungtai (alias Dirty Beaches) and his colleague Shub Roy during Sonic City '13 (the Beak> edition).

Alex plays the sax and Shub plays the keys but both are recorded separated from each other in a studio. In total isolation the two individuals don't know what the other one is playing. The imagination of each other, remains their only connection.


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Screening of SALAD DAYS
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INFO & SCHEDULE

THURSDAY 19 NOVEMBER

SONIC CITY PRE SHOW WITH:
Evil Superstars
The Germans
////// Doors at 20h00

FRIDAY 20 NOVEMBER

SONIC CITY SPECIAL Unique screening of:
Salad Days (A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-1990))
At Budascoop, Kortrijk /// 20h15 sharp

SATURDAY 21 NOVEMBER

/////// Doors at 13h00

13h30 _Cold Pumas
14h30 _Protomartyr
15h40 _Föllakzoid
16h50 _Metz
18h00 _Fidlar
19h25 _The Soft Moon
20h55 _Chelsea Wolfe
22h25 _The Pop Group
00h05 _Viet Cong

SUNDAY 22 NOVEMBER

///// Doors at 13h00

13h30 _Shabazz Palaces
14h40 _Bo Ningen
15h50 _Disappears
17h00 _Ho99o9
18h15 _Total Control
19h40 _Suuns + Jerusalem in my Heart
21h10 _Lightning Bolt
22h40 _The Thurston Moore Band


PLACES TO STAY

1/ Hotels:

Park Hotel
http://www.parkhotel.be/

2/ Budget option:

IBIS Kortrijk Centrum
http://www.ibis.com/nl/hotel-6330-ibis-kortrijk-centrum/index.shtml

3/ OYO B&B Kortrijk
http://www.oyo-bnb-kortrijk.be

4/ Try Air BnB or Couchsurfing!
https://www.airbnb.com
https://www.couchsurfing.org

 

DIRECTIONS

Venue:

DE KREUN
CONSERVATORIUMPLEIN 1
8500 KORTRIJK
BELGIUM


Map:



By car:

Kortrijk is a city that is situated 25 min. from Ghent, 20 min. from Lille (FR), 1 hour from Brussels or 2,5 hours from Paris, Amsterdam or London. To get to Kortrijk you need to access the E17 highway. When in Kortrijk you follow Centre.


By train:

Access by train is farely easy, you book a train to the city of Kortrijk.Once you are at main entrance of the station, you proceed to the left by foot. After 200 meters you will see the white building on your right side, just across from where the busses make their stop. Tickets and info: http://www.belgianrail.be/