After finishing the last show of 2015 w/ GALG at the Onderbroek we realized how exceptionally good 2015 was for us.
What could possibly top a Spanish/Portuguese tour with our buddies from Orthodox as a start of the year? If that wasn’t enough, we just did it again in the UK in September. It was a blast to tour with these guys and you should definitely pick up their new album. 100% KILLER!
Another highlight was to team up with Sten Ove Toft for a limited 7″ lathe cut for the always brilliant Utech Records. Fortunately for us, this also led to two really great shows: one at UTECH RECORDS MUSIC FESTIVAL III all the way in Milwaukee. The other was a bit closer to home, namely the excellent INCUBATE FESTIVAL.
And now we’re touching the topic of collaboration: Sten wasn’t the only one we’ve had the pleasure of working with. What to think of the live set we did with experimental doom-techno guru DRVG CVLTVRE at the Valkhof Festival this year (see video below)?
Or Belgian guitar-wizard DIRK SERRIES, who appeared on two records alongside us this year: SLUIMER (also with Martina Verhoeven on bass) and ENDLESS VOIDS (also with Rutger Zuydervelt, Colin Webster, Peter Johan Nyland, Thomas Ekelund and Steven Vinkenoog).
In some cases, the collaboration was about something bigger than just the music we play. Like with the New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz compilation, which hopefully showed what can happen when 4 like-minded bands are working together. Or the And Suddenly Everything, Absolutely Everything, Was There compilation that was put together by Chris Elmore to financially support the Utech family after losing Kim Utech to breast cancer. The compilation is still available and donations are still regularly made to the Utech Family.
All these gigs and releases would almost make you forget that Czech-based DIY label Obsedante released the Dietary Restrictions tape, which is a live recording of the gig we did with Nick Millevoi in Berlin during our 2013-tour. Or that PRIME saw a re-release on both CD and tape by Gaffer Records and Smithsfoodgroup DIY, respectively.
Despite all these collaborative efforts, Dead Neanderthals is still a duo in its core and our Worship The Sun album is the testament of that. We were honored to work with Relative Pitch Records on this and we hope you enjoy the album as much as we do.
We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to see us, every band we shared the stage with, every person who bought a t-shirt, patch, CD, cassette or LP. Every reviewer, interviewer and fan who helped to spread the putrid gospel of Dead Neanderthals. Thanks to all the promoters who booked us to play at their venue, supported us by promoting the gig and let us crash at their place. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Last but certainly not least: a big thank you to Marlon Wolterink and his White Noise Studio. Marlon always makes sure that our records sound excellent (when he records them) or sound less bad (when we record ourselves).
See you in 2016!
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We are very happy and proud to announce that A New Wave Of Jazz, sub-label of the mighty Tonefloat Records, will release Sluimer, the debut album of Fantoom on October 30th. Fantoom (Dutch for phantom) is the new band of us together with Dirk Serries (guitar) and Martina Verhoeven (double bass).
Recorded live in White Noise Studio on one of the last days of 2014, Sluimer (Dutch for slumber) is a slow moving and highly textured monolith. You can stream the album below or go to the New Wave Of Jazz Bandcamp and pre-order the album.
“Worship The Sun is one of the most engaging and satisfying duo albums I’ve heard in ages”
The Free Jazz Blog
“an absolute blast”
“A lesson in genial, improvisational mayhem”
Something Else! Reviews
“Meedogenloos, maar dan op een voor Dead Neanderthals ongekend subtiele wijze. Prachtig”
“extreem maar prachtig”
The #4 album of 2015 according to Opduvel
“This is one of the most intense and focused duo excursions I’ve heard. Brutal yet tight and consistently fascinating throughout”
Downtown Music Gallery
“Taman da nam odgovore kako bi to Coltrane zvučao da je bio panker”
The #19 jazz album of 2015 according to Pot lista
“this ‘un might restore some faith you’ve lost in humanity, or jazz, or something like that”
Blog To Comm
“Everything goes on and on like a maelstrom of the unconscious”
“O duo holandês Dead Neanderthals tem construído uma das mais explosivas discografias na seara da improvisação livre”
“Dead Neanderthals toont voorlopig nog geen spoor van matiging. Het blijft alles of niks. Fijn dat dit nu ook aan bod kan komen bij een van de boeiendste labels voor geïmproviseerde muziek van het moment”
“probably as close as Dead Neanderthals have come to accurately capturing on record the improvisational nature at the heart of their performance style”
“‘Worship The Sun’ is in al zijn onstuimigheid een dijk van een plaat”
“an agonising exercise in cathartic chastity”
Worship The Sun is OUT NOW on Relative Pitch Records.
Buy the album on our Bandcamp.
“greater than the sum of its parts”
“Een heftige oorspoeling”
Download the album for free (or name your price) here.
The 7″ lathe cut version of the record released by Utech Records is SOLD OUT!.
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.
“adembenemend en houdt de luisteraar ruim tachtig minuten lang aan de stoel gekluisterd”
The #1 album of 2015 according to Opduvel
The #3 album of 2015 according to Incendiary Magazine
“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”
“This is one of the records of the year”
“Intrigerend, verrassend en uitpuilend van schoonheid”
Gonzo (circus) #128
“De perfecte drone”
“an excellent vibrant drone piece”
Vital Weekly #995
“een tachtig minuten durende trip waarvoor de grove metaforen bovengehaald moeten worden”
Endless Voids is OUT NOW on Alone Records.
Buy the album on our Bandcamp.
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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.
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