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Rambunctious. That’s the least you can say about Belgian beatbastards The Subs. Having already released a couple of underground dance maxis - ‘You Make Me Spill’, ‘Fuck That Shit’, ‘Substracktion’ - over the past years, they hit it hard in 2008, with ‘Kiss My Trance’, a punktrance-juggernaut of a hitsingle.
|The track started off as a joke, the band wanted to see how far they could push the limits of the trance-genre and get away with it. A true jack-in-the-box, ‘Kiss My Trance’ turned out te be a massive cross-over success: in genuine guerilla-style, ‘Kiss My Trance’ peaked both commercial charts AND dj-lists - it terrorized the radio AND put club dancefloors on fire.
And so the band received thumbs up from the likes of Boys Noize, Philippe Zdar, T. Raumschmiere, Laurent Garnier and uh… Tiësto!
And did remixes for Alex Gopher, Lotterboys, Plump DJs, Telex…
So much for the joke then, The Subs are in business. For real.
The Subs are Jeroen De Pessemier aka Papillon (singer/producer), Wiebe Loccufier aka Tonic (half of dj-duo Starski & Tonic, heirs to the Culture Club-throne, as they took over the residency spot at the infamous Ghent club from 2 ManyDJs and The Glimmers) and Stefan Bracke aka l’entrepreneur also fronting the raverockband Foxylane.
The past months, The Subs have enthralled audiences with a live show comprising of a unique set up: A modern power trio, by treating the DJ as a real bandmember tweaking and mixing the beats, with synths, guitar and screaming vocals on top. No hiding behind laptops - The Subs take the sweaty punktrashfeel to the dance stage - they work those machines! With gigs at Dour Festival (B), Pukkelpop (B), Social Club (Paris), Razzmatazz (Barcelona), Fabric (LDN) and Club Low (Madrid) having secured the band’s live reputation, this Fall sees The Subs dropping their hotly anticipated debut album.
The Subs are not your average ‘let’s mess around with some analogue machines’ band. They fought with the machines until a consistent album, a true body of work, came about. Bred on landmark nineties dance-albums from the likes of Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Underworld, Papillon is The Subs’ songwriter with an ear for a good hook and a catchy tune. Tonic is the dj/songwriter with a passion for brand new underground releases and innovative sounds, The Subs had made an album with songs lurking underneath the sounds. (There’s even a mellotron on the album - we kid you not, the retrofuturistic instrument The Beatles used on ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’!)
‘Subculture’ is a dance album that you can listen to in your car. In your living room. In your bed room. Anywhere. The mood is intense and brooding. It’s a down-right dirty stunner with both euphoric peaks and melancholy-melodic moments. That’s how we like OUR PUNKS.
2006, Ghent, Belgium|
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