Keith Utech is a great guy. He’s super friendly, down to earth and runs Utech Records for over 10 years, thereby offering a platform to experimental bands from all over the world.
Some of you might know that his wife, Kim Utech, lost her battle against cancer on July 1st 2015, less than 3 weeks after we last saw her. We had the privilege to meet Kim twice and were deeply touched by her kindness and positivity.
Shortly after Kim’s passing, artists, musicians, music critics, and other friends and supporters of Keith Utech and Utech Records felt the need to combine their efforts to create something to benefit Keith and his children. This resulted in the 41 track, 4 1/2 hour long compilation And Suddenly Everything, Absolutely Everything, Was There. The compilation features mostly exclusive, live, and unreleased tracks. We’ve recorded the exclusive track Ouroboros for this amazing compilation.
100% of the proceeds (after Bandcamp and PayPal take their cuts) will be donated to the Utech Family Fund to assist Keith with living expenses while he takes time off to be with their children and to help with the expenses incurred while Kim was receiving treatment.
Photo by Erik Luyten
It’s the middle of summer, but that doesn’t stop us from working 24/7. We just finished a 3 day residency in our hometown Nijmegen at Extrapool. It was pretty special as we’ve been working on a completely new set together with Tilburg-based techno honcho Drvg Cvltvre.
The new material premiered last Monday at the great Valkhof Festival and the response was pretty overwhelming. Read some cool reviews below:
“De combinatie van klanken sleept zich voort zonder saai te worden en wordt ondertussen zo nu en dan gedecoreerd met korter durende geluiden. Spannend. Compromisloos. De lichtinstallatie bekrachtigt dit visueel.”
“Het is niet de makkelijkste kost die de festivalgangers door Drvg Cvltvre en Dead Neanderthals wordt voorgeschoteld, maar indruk maken doet het wel. Als het stuk na veertig minuten ineens over is lijkt de tijd te zijn gevlogen en is de conclusie gerechtvaardigd dat sprake is van een zeer geslaagde samenwerking. De visuele LED installatie van Naïvi mag tot slot niet onvermeld blijven; het zorgt voor een gelukkig niet te overdadige en zeer fraaie visuele ondersteuning”
“Een lange dikke trip dus, waarbij de sax van Kokke weer eens onherkenbaar in de mix zit. Alhoewel, het is nauwelijks te herkennen als sax-geluid, maar je kunt er dus ook fijne dikke drones mee produceren. Daar onderdoor razen de drums intens voort en de elektronische geluiden van DRVG CVLTVRE dwarrelen er omheen. Nou kijk en luister hier bijvoorbeeld en oordeel zelf, al had je natuurlijk gewoon beter zelf bij deze monstertrip moeten zijn”
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“This is one of the records of the year”
“Wat rest is deze conclusie: Dead Neanderthals is geniaal”
“Endless Voids is both a wonderful artefact for those who were present at the original show and a fantastic record in its own right”
“Intrigerend, verrassend en uitpuilend van schoonheid”
Gonzo (circus) #128
Endless Voids is OUT NOW on Alone Records.
Buy the album on our Bandcamp.
Posted in Alone Records, Audio, Big stuff, Colin Webster, Dead Neanderthals, Dirk Serries, Distel, Donné Et Desirée, Endless Voids, Incubate, Machinefabriek, Peter Johan Nijland, Record, Review, Steven Vinkenoog, Studio, Thomas Ekelund, Trepaneringsritualen, vinyl
First of all: thanks to Keith for having us at Utech Records Music Festival III. It was great to hang out with all the great bands and to perform together with Sten Ove Toft! Talking about Sten Ove Toft, we made an exclusive track for Utech Records that was released on a very limited one-sided 7″ lathe cut to celebrate 10 years of Utech Records. The track is called Hollow and can be streamed / downloaded here or by clicking play below
We took an extremely limited number of 7″es with us on the plane, so if you want to buy a copy from us: act fast!
The other gig we did at Elastic Arts in Chicago was also fantastic. Check out the great review of the event right here.
The Endless Voids release is a bit more problematic. Before our trip to the States we received both 2CD and 2LP versions, however the 2LP version was fucked up at the plant. We’re resolving the issue at this very moment and will keep you updated on the status of the 2LP. The 2CD version looks and sounds great and can be ordered through our Bandcamp.
Last but not least, we’re planning a ton of shows for the fall. Keep an eye out for upcoming shows in your area.
Posted in Audio, Big stuff, Dead Neanderthals, Gig, Record, Review, Sten Ove Toft, Stream, Studio, The New Wave Of Dutch Heavy Jazz, US Tour, vinyl
In September we’re returning to the UK. This time with our good friends Orthodox from Seville. This is going to be amazing!
September 2 Power Lunches, London, UK
September 3 Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, UK
September 4 Islington Mill, Manchester, UK
September 5 The Exchange, Bristol, UK
September 6 The Cowley Club, Brighton, UK
Some tough news on the Endless Voids release: we hit a slight delay!
Reason for this delay is basically what you can call the vinyl apocalypse, which is induced by Dire Straits reissues and Record Store Day. Read more about it here.
We will extend the pre-order (and accompanying lower pricing) until June 6th. New release date is June 6th, so the wait is almost over!
Thanks for your patience,
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We are featured on ‘The Out Door‘ column on Pitchfork right now. It’s a very cool and elaborate piece on the history of the band! Read the entire thing HERE.