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dEUS

dEUS performing live at Cafe du Nord, San Francisco.
Background information
Origin Antwerp, Belgium
Genres Experimental rock, Indie rock, Alternative rock
Years active 1991 – present
Labels V2, Universal
Associated acts Evil Superstars
The Love Substitutes
Millionaire
Soulwax
Vive la Fête
Zita Swoon
Website www.dEUS.be
Members
Tom Barman (1991 - present)
Klaas Janszoons (1991 - present)
Stéphane Misseghers (2002 - present)
Alan Gevaert (2002 - present)
Mauro Pawlowski (2002 - present)
Former members
Mark Meyers (1991 - 1993)
Stef Kamil Carlens (1991 - 1996)
Rudy Trouvé (1991 - 1995)
Jules de Borgher (1991 - 2002)
Danny Mommens (1996 - 2002)
Craig Ward (1995 - 2002)
Tim Vanhamel (1999 - 2000)

dEUS[1] is a rock band based in Antwerp, Belgium, whose only continuous members up to the present day are Tom Barman (vocals, guitars) and Klaas Janszoons (keyboards, violin). The rest of the band's line-up currently consists of drummer Stéphane Misseghers, bassist Alan Gevaert and guitarist/backing vocalist Mauro Pawlowski.[2] dEUS is often considered one of Belgium's most influential and succesful rock bands.

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History

Formation

Formed in 1991, dEUS began its career as a cover band, but soon began writing its own material. Their musical influences range from folk and punk to jazz and prog rock. They first came to attention in Humo's Rock Rally of 1992 and after the release of the four-track EP Zea, dEUS was offered a deal with Island Records. They became the first Belgian indie-act ever to sign to a major international label.[3]

First era (1994 - 2000)

dEUS' debut album Worst Case Scenario drew influences from Frank Zappa, Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart and was released on September 16, 1994 to critical acclaim.[4] Their sophomore effort In a Bar, Under the Sea followed two years later and was equally likened by critics for its eclectic diversity of styles and enjoyable chaos. The Ideal Crash (1999) saw the manic eccentricity channeled into a slightly more accessible package.[5] Altogether, the band's first three albums sold over 750.000 copies worldwide and gathered them a cult following.[6]

Meanwhile, dEUS had been subject to various line-up changes. After touring for Worst Case Scenario, guitarist Rudy Trouvé went on to Kiss My Jazz, Dead Man Ray and The Love Substitutes. By the time In a Bar, Under the Sea came out, bassist Stef Kamil Carlens had left the band to focus on Zita Swoon. They were replaced by Craig Ward and Danny Mommens, respectively. Eventually, the line-up was completed by touring guitarist Tim Vanhamel (Evil Superstars, Millionaire, Eagles of Death Metal).[7]

Hiatus

After the tour in support of The Ideal Crash, the band took an extended hiatus that allowed the individual members to pursue different interests. Barman directed a feature film entitled Any Way the Wind Blows in 2003 and teamed up with techno producer CJ Bolland to form Magnus in 2004.[8] In June 2002, dEUS did however play 6 concerts in Portugal, the Netherlands and Belgium, supporting the then-recent CD and DVD release of their singles collection, No More Loud Music.

Second era (2004 - present)

In mid-2004 they began recording new material and playing live across Europe, and in August the download-only single If You Don't Get What You Want was released. On September 12th, 2005 the new album Pocket Revolution was released. The release of the new album was supported by an extensive world tour of over 130 concerts. The final concert of the 2005/2006 Pocket Revolution tour took place on October 1st in dEUS's hometown of Antwerp, Belgium. dEUS performed that day as part of the 0110 Festival for Tolerance. This free entrance festival, an initiative of leadsinger Tom Barman, saw possibly the largest number of Belgian artists ever assembled perform that day in Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and Charleroi in support of Tolerance and to oppose racism, extremism and pointless violence. After finishing their Pocket Revolution tour, the band began rehearsals for the writing and recording process of their next album. In 2007 dEUS built their own studio, to continue work on their next album, Vantage Point, which was released in April 2008. The band is currently working on a new album which will be released somewhere in 2010 according to frontman Tom Barman.

Discography

Main article: dEUS discography

Studio albums

EP's, DVD's and compilations

References

  1. ^ As stylized by the band on all official artwork
  2. ^ dEUS Official Myspace page, retrieved on 17/02/2010
  3. ^ Allmusic.com: dEUS Biography, retrieved on 16/02/2010
  4. ^ Allmusic.com: dEUS - Worst Case Scenario, retrieved on 16/02/2010
  5. ^ Pitchfork: Album Reviews: dEUS: Pocket Revolution, retrieved on 16/02/2010
  6. ^ De Standaard, 19/04/2008
  7. ^ muziekcentrum.be: dEUS, retrieved on 16/02/2010
  8. ^ Canvas - De Grootste Belg: Tom Barman, retrieved on 17/02/2010

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