THERE IS / NOTHING TWICE (LP + MP3)
12" Vinyl lp NL
Two separate EPs from STADT merged together. One part made in their homey Ghent studio, the other recorded - and filmed! - live at Amerikaans Theater in Brussels. The vinyl LP comes with a download code.
Why not try their hand at a live album? Recorded in a studio, one take. Something different. Or a movie? A live movie, maybe?
For the gentlemen of STADT, before they started recording their new album There Is/Nothing Twice, simply 'making a record' was not on top of the to-do list. It was rather 'something', out there.
It didn't turn out to be a movie, nor a live album, and yet it also kind of did. 'Something' they now describe as two separate ep's, merged together. One part made in their homey Ghent studio, the other recorded - and filmed! - live at Amerikaans Theater, former television studios in Brussels, build in the late fifties. 'Something' that's equally hybrid and fluid as the sound of STADT, a band who prefer to dig and embrace their very own pitfalls.
In 2015, after the release of their second LP Escalators, some of STADT affiliates went their various ways. Singer and synth maestro Fulco Ottervanger and drummer Simon Segers make up 2/3 of the celebrated jazz trio De Beren Gieren, while Ottervanger found a likeminded sparring partner in drummer Lander Gyselinck (STUFF.) to bounce beats back and forth with BeraadGeslagen, and Segers joined the ranks of ethio-jazz troupe Black Flower and the voodoo trio of MDC III. The second Segers in the band, guitarist-keyboardist Frederic, went on to produce for, and sometimes play with, several Belgian bands.
But STADT is the sanctuary to come home to, the laboratory where they find the space and freedom to experiment with space and freedom. This time resulting in album with a level of trance and improvisation higher than ever before.
'A new beginning', as it goes during opening track Broken People. 'Everything fallen down/ Into pieces/ Scattered around' ? while picking up the pieces, STADT does so with a teasing swagger, straight from the hips.
First single 'Nothing Twice' is the 'epic' (dixit the band) which functions as both the key to and the outline of the album. 'Afraid Of Being Fed Up' is a murky jungle boogie, with 'Amplified' they cross into the spheres of Yeasayer and early Grizzly Bear, and 'Thuissfeer' is prog rock made in Disneyland.
'We're addicted to the new', the band says. 'Everything we produce has to be in a constant state of flux'.
All in all, the name STADT is manifold, a place of constant, ever changing expression. Nothing twice, as they say. [info from label]