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The first names for SOBU2020

On the 26th of January we're organizing the fourth edition of The Sound of The Belgian Undergound at Ancienne Belgique. After countless listening sessions, a longlist that kept on growing, and a several revisions of the shortlist, we were able to select 9 national acts that value artistic freedom above a broader audience. Get acquainted with the first 3 names that'll take the stage at AB!

Lead photo: Yves De Mey photographed by Tatjana Henderieckx 
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Partners is the audio-visual handshake of Femke Fredrix and James de Graef. Faust was their first release, named after their cat. It explored the dynamics between human and animal. In new album City of Freaks Partners dig into who we really are when, together with the daylight, our masks disappear. They are afraid in the dark, and maybe you should be too.


Grid Ravage

Synthesist and sound engineer Yves De Mey has been around since the 90s, when he was a drum'n'bass producer, and adopted different monikers along the way. He got into experimental electronics, makes sound installations, scores performances and films ànd runs a label. The outcome of his recent techno project Grey Branches might be called ‘non-functional’, the adjective most certainly doesn’t apply to him.


Old Painless

Old Painless named himself after the minigun of sergeant Blain Cooper in sci-fi film series The Predator, yet also likes to take pictures with cute little baby goats. His noise-hop is a bit like Yami-kawaii, the Japanese ‘gothic-cute’ fashion style: it can be as dark and brutal as it is sensitive.

The Sound Of The Belgian Underground 
26 Jan - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
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