According to us, the best moments of last month's Sonic Protest festival in Paris were the shows and performances by Plus Instruments, Truus de Groot and The Tobacconists.
Plus Instruments is the project of Dutch cult synth-post-punk-euro-beat queen Truus de Groot. She started her career in the late seventies. At that time, she met notably Michel Waiszvich, who gave her access to the Crackle Synthesizer, and the musicians from the band Nasmak, notably Toon Bressers with whom she is still working. In the early eighties, she went to New York, played notably with Rhys Chatham and Lee Renaldo then she moved to Memphis, Seattle, and finally California. During all these years, she has explored various music genres, from wierd psychobilly to alien exotica. We met her and Toon and explored step by step the whole career of this eccentric lady.
The Tobacconists is the new project of Scott Foust (XX Committee, Idea Fire Company) and Frans de Waard (Kapotte Muziek, Beequeen), entirely dedicated to their passion for cigarettes. We spoke with them after their show, before taking the last subway.
CULTURAL AMNESIA, Sacrebleu
PLUS INSTRUMENTS/TRUUS DE GROOT, Mating Call, Lonely Island, Big Man, Crazy Train, Vom Ertunkenen Mädchen, Bodies, Notions, Things, Yma Yma, Git along, Spy, Freundschaft, Only One, Paikea
XX COMMITTEE, Metal Worker
THE TOBACCONISTS,Grand Entrance
XX COMMITTEE, Slaughterhouse
BEEQUEEN, Where no doves fly
THE TOBACCONISTS, Great Times to Smoke
KAPOTTE MUZIEK & VIDNA OBMANA, Death Pact 8 (excerpt)
NASMAK, Roger, Bill Iceberg
SECOND LAYER, Black Flowers
DATA-BANK-A, We are all involved
UJI LATASMOD FUZIO, Itt Vagyok
BLISTERING MOMENTS, 77 Seven, I guess
Truus de Groot
Scott Foust & Frans de Waard