We always like writing these little retrospects. The years pass by so quickly, but this year seemed to pass particularly fast. Not sure why.
We didn’t play thát many gigs: only 15. In our defence: they were divided over 7 different countries (NL, DK, NO, PT, FR, UK, BE) and all of them were very special. Like the gig we did at the last night of the CinéPalace in Kortrijk. It was such a pitty to see that Wendy and Wim were forced to call it quits (see video below). Or our Roadburn gig, which was basically a dream come true and even resulted in a ‘Live at Roadburn‘cassette! Or that time we played at the beach in Ramsgate as a part of the ContraPop Festival. Or that we finally played at Café Oto in London together with Sten Ove Toft. And we haven’t even spoke about the gigs we did with Zeus, Daikiri, Älforjs, Author & Punisher, Consumer Electronics and Yes Deer.
The most intense gig, however, was our Incubate gig with Sten Ove Toft. We know, we’ve played Incubate many many times, but it just felt very special. Thanks Vince for giving us the chance to do this once more!
We didn’t release thát many albums either.
Only 1 full length album, a collaborative album with Drvg Cvltvre, that even got a review at The Needle Drop! One split 7″ with the amazing UK noise-heads Sly And The Family Drone and one live album (LIVE AT ROADBURN!!).
We also contributed 4 exclusive tracks for 3 different compilations.
Two compilations were made to generate money and / or attention for a good cause. First one was a track for a compilation tape released by our friend Richard and his Tartarus Records cassette label. His compilation tape Forever Out Of Control was a protest to the decision of the Noorderzon Festival management to shut down Harma Heikens’ exhibition of sculptures after people felt offended by one of the pieces being displayed.
The second compilation track was made to generate money for the American Civil Liberties Union after the election of Trump. We thank Verses Records to put together such a cool compilation.
We also contributed two one-minute tracks for the BRINK compilation that was put together by Jack Chuter. Make sure you download the entire thing as many many great artists and bands participated in the project.
We even did a remix for Frank Rosaly’s Malo album that was released by Utech Records.
But don’t think it stops there. Otto has been working hard to write and record new material for his other bands MNHM and Möthra. René released an album with his trio Dikeman//Serries//Aquarius, he released his solo album ‘Blight’ and he finished an album with his new band Celestial Bodies. 2017 will be noisy!
So we’ve been quite busy and the future is looking bright: we’ve written and recorded several new albums. As a duo but also collaborative efforts with Colin Webster, Sly And The Family Drone and Maxime Petit. We’ve got gigs lined up for Paradiso Amsterdam as well as London and Manchester.
Oh, and to end 2016 in style: here’s a surprise release called ‘Dolphin‘. Download it for free if you like.
See you in the near future in a basement near you.
Cheers and happy 2017,
Otto & René
“An endless variation of a steady rhythm, a massive wave of saxophone sounds and curious mixture of electronic sounds”
“Met ‘Ascend To Nothing’ brengen Dead Neanderthals en Drvg Cvltvre onder de noemer Krishna van begin tot eind een fascinerende luistertrip: zwaar aangezet, uitdagend, geestverruimend en stemming verhogend”
“IT’S UFO JAZZ”
The Needle Drop
“the relentlessly massed power drone of Ascend to Nothing might also aspire to something more, an extroverted, aggregate minimalism that shuts off your brain to massage the black bile out of it”
“a massive psychedelic and hypnotic trip that you definitely should try out”
Merchants Of Air
“Een echte samenwerking, dit Krishna, dat een nieuw hoofdstuk toevoegt aan de al indrukwekkende catalogus van de Nijmegenaars”
Gonzo (circus) #135
Ascend To Nothing is OUT NOW on Silken Tofu Records.
Buy the album on our Bandcamp.
KRISHNA, the ongoing collaboration between experimental techno producer Drvg Cvltvre and us, is alive and kicking. Our debut album ‘Ascend To Nothing’ is out now on the great Silken Tofu label.
Listen to the whole album right away by clicking here or stream it down below.
KRISHNA is the ongoing collaboration between experimental techno producer Drvg Cvltvre and us. Our debut album ‘Ascend To Nothing’ (how jolly!) will be out July 22nd on the great Silken Tofu label.
“Ascend to Nothing picks you up and throws you into the vortex of the ever-growing cosmos. Let’s get lost in the void forever.”
Of course you can stream / pre-order the whole thing right away. Just click here or stream down below.
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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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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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