Interview: Wolvennest

"Expect the unexpected’. Roadburn always brings weird surprises, joy and collaborations, and we are happy to be a little part of it."

One of Europe’s most enigmatic and adventurous bands, Wolvennest have already passed into Roadburn legend after a packed-out debut foray in 2017 and then an astonishing performance of debut album Void in 2019. This year, despite current circumstances, the Belgian mavericks are poised to bring their brand new album, the wild and immersive Temple, vividly to life. Steeped in the dark side of psychedelia and audibly driven by otherworldly insight and horrors unseen, Wolvennest are an irresistible bad trip made flesh.

Dom Lawson

How have you adapted to our weird new reality over the last year? Any new challenges, in terms of being creative?

Corvus (guitar): “Adapted? As everybody, we deal with it, but I don’t see how musicians could totally adapt. You can use the free time to develop musical skills and go deeper into writing, mixing etc, but at the end, you put a point in your calendar with a live goal. That last part is not happening right now for 99% of musicians. So, you have to fight the ‘What’s the point?’ feeling we all have here and there. On a personal level, I went deeper into midi editing, how to record vocals correctly, how to create weirder sounds, that kind of thing. I surely learned a lot, but always with the goal that live music will be a real thing in the future. I don’t want every musician to turn into a YouTube shred warrior, there were plenty enough before the world stopped.”

What can you tell us about your forthcoming Roadburn performance?

“The Commission work is something special that includes aspects we would probably not do under the Wolvennest banner. It’s a little more violent and dark, I would say. We got several guests who were crazy enough to say, ‘Fuck yes, let’s do it!’ That gives us strength. And Temple will be fully performed, with Thousand Lost Civilizations bringing new visuals. I know they spent countless hours working on that. I’m curious to see the result, and by that I mean to feel the result while we will perform. They have total freedom and the best way to respect that is to discover it while playing.”

What does Roadburn mean to you, as creative people and on a personal level?

“Expect the unexpected’. Roadburn always brings weird surprises, joy and collaborations, and we are happy to be a little part of it. On a human level, Roadburn was, is and will be a place where you just feel good. Shitloads of people are there to have fun, listen to good music and meet people from all around the world. You walk in the street, you have a chat, you laugh hard and then you realise you just missed a band you absolutely wanted to see. We all experienced that at Roadburn!”

Can you tell us about your favourite past experience(s) of Roadburn? Were there any shows that had a strong impact?

“Mysticum, for sure: one of the best visual experiences when it comes to black metal. Cold, harsh, mechanic. It was a frenetic descent into madness, and a perfect performance from start to finish. I would also put on the top of my list Aluk Todolo and The Ruins Of Beverast [performing Exuvia], in a packed Green Room. You can experience those bands in a small venue with an aggressive vibe, but it’s another thing when they both benefit from a stellar sound.”

What are your hopes and plans for the (hopefully post-pandemic) future?

“Live shows mean freedom, and you can’t have that feeling with restriction, plain and simple. We’ll do the best we can to still offer something special here and there, but as everybody involved in live music, we are waiting. I don’t have faith in collective and individual intelligence, so I’m mentally prepared to wait for years before it becomes again what it used to be. We entered the data world, not only for health, but also for, for example, schools. What’s the next move? Covid should not be a Trojan horse. That scares me a lot. Is this all we are, data? My strongest hope is that the word ‘human’ will start to mean something positive again, not only for us, but for what’s around us as well. Concerning Wolvennest, we got our own studio, so we’ll always be able to create and experiment. Musically, the best can still happen, it depends on us.”

What else are you looking forward to experiencing during Roadburn Redux?

“First of all, I hope that the countless efforts of so many people involved will pay and will bring some joy for the ones who will watch it. It’s quite a challenge to prepare, but we did everything we could to make it happen in the best way possible. You can’t control everything, but if you give your very best, you’ll not have regrets. Restrictions are quite strict, so I’ll wait for a normal Roadburn for the memories and the beers in the street!”

Wolvennest (The Nest) will perform Her True Nature on Saturday at CEST, and Temple in full on Sunday at 20.40 CEST.


Interview: Dead Neanderthals

"We've decided from the very beginning that we would keep on rehearsing weekly and this has led to a plethora of Dead Neanderthals releases such as Blood Rite, Cosmic Slime and Rat Licker."

From shimmering ambience to maxed-out noise, Roadburn is a riot of contrasts, and few bands are more instinctively riotous than Dead Neanderthals. Purveyors of a warped and hostile blend of clattering grind, freewheeling noise and screeching sax, they have revived the spirit of John Zorn’s early experiments in heavy music and pushed the whole thing to the edge of delicious, swivel-eyed madness. Check out the recent Rat Licker EP for a pure adrenalin rush, delivered with the kind of shit-eating grins that make you fear for your life, even as you dance like a lunatic.

Dom Lawson

How have you adapted to our weird new reality over the last year? Any new challenges, in terms of being creative?

“Apart from all booked shows falling through, things are moving forward at breakneck speed. We’ve decided from the very beginning that we would keep on rehearsing weekly and this has led to a plethora of Dead Neanderthals releases such as Blood Rite, Cosmic Slime and Rat Licker. In the meantime we’ve written IXXO and are preparing for the Roadburn Redux performance. We’ve also made demo recordings for a couple of new albums.”

What can you tell us about your forthcoming Roadburn performance?

“Not too much, as we’re keeping everything firmly under wraps. Only thing we can tell you is that we’re super excited and that things sounded fantastic during rehearsals.”

What does Roadburn mean to you, as creative people and on a personal level?

“It’s a place to meet friends and colleagues from the scene and in that way it’s similar to the late Incubate Festival, which also took place in Tilburg. It’s always good to surround yourself with friendly and like-minded people.”

Can you tell us about your favourite past experience(s) of Roadburn? Were there any shows that had a strong impact?

“We’ve been to Roadburn many times and some standout shows were those of Zombi (2015), Church of Misery (2008), Obliteration (2014), Magma (2014) and Mühr (2014). And of course the Dead Neanderthals show in 2016 was important to us, we even made a Live at Roadburn album out of it!”

What are your hopes and plans for the (hopefully post-pandemic) future?

“Playing shows with a crowd right in front of us, of course! Talking to friends and fans at the merch table. Let’s hope we can already do this in 2021.”

What else are you looking forward to experiencing during Roadburn Redux?

“Working Wi-Fi!”

Dead Neanderthals will perform IXXO as part of Roadburn Redux on Sunday 18 April at 16.50 CEST.


Interview: Of Blood Of And Mercury

"The lyrics are focused around the universal perception of death. When you go really deep into the core of any religion or spiritual movement, they all seem to agree."

Few records released in 2020 were as magically transportive as Of Blood & Mercury’s debut, Strangers. Primarily a creative collaboration between underground mavens Michelle Nocon (Death Penalty/Serpentcult) and Olivier Lomer-Wilbers (also of Emptiness, another act involved in Roadburn Redux), the Belgians’ sublime blend of amorphous ambience, ghostly textures and bittersweet melody promises to be an oasis of shadowy calm amid the world’s ongoing turmoil. Most importantly, the band’s newly commissioned piece promises to showcase the real-time evolution of Of Blood & Mercury’s unique sound.

Dom Lawson

How have you adapted to our weird new reality over the last year? Any new challenges, in terms of being creative?

Michelle: “We have been quite successful in adapting ourselves through history to all kinds of changes. The question is, should we adapt to this, or rather fight our current situation? In terms of creativity, it has been challenging as well. Where we normally make all the music ourselves but play live as a quartet, we decided to play live as a duo. Covid restrictions were going back and forth on how many people could meet, so we took matters into our own hands and didn’t leave room for unforeseen changes. Because of this choice, we didn’t only have to write a new music piece in the time given, but we also had to produce and mix it, as we wouldn’t have all our musicians playing with us. Olivier has written all the music while working full-time and having to prepare for his band Emptiness as well. I wrote the lyrics and vocals. Concerning the rehearsals, we had to figure out a live set up: a backing track, samples, and all we could do ourselves as musicians on top of that. We also had to learn to work with new programs, new devices, some of which we build ourselves. So, a lot of challenges in an already challenging year, but there is beauty in that.”

What can you tell us about your forthcoming Roadburn performance?

“The lyrics are focused around the universal perception of death. When you go really deep into the core of any religion or spiritual movement, they all seem to agree. They all embody the exact same ideas represented differently and from various angles. But the very essence of it doesn’t differ at all. It is only now and mainly here in the West that the ideas on death, our beliefs are completely distorted. Nowhere on the planet, at no time in history have people been so deluded concerning spirituality as they have been for the last millenaries. We are not the rule, we are the exception, no matter how crazy that sounds. We have very poor understanding and insight on who we really are and what life or death really is. But that too has a role to play. Musically we approach this theme as Of Blood & Mercury, meaning that we merge our music with this topic. We build a noise-box around the concept that gives power, visually and sonically. Furthermore, it carries an element of surprise, randomness and chaos in itself that we found to be fitting for this project. Because of this, the performance balances between order and chaos, skills and fate. On our previous album we already explored the ghostly world surrounding us. We took that a bit further too by using distorted tapes; old tapes that we found and looped. These are tapes from people that already crossed the other side.”

What does Roadburn mean to you, as creative people and on a personal level?

“My first experience with Roadburn was playing there with my former band Serpentcult in 2008. I was very happy to witness such an already diverse music festival. Although more directed towards doom metal, it was a festival where you could easily discover a versatile range of bands. From then on, I was a frequent visitor to the festival myself. I had the honour to play there with my other bands: Death Penalty in 2015, Bathsheba in 2017, and now with Of Blood & Mercury as well. I’ve met many great people there that have become my close friends, I’ve bought music that has become very special to me. I’ve discovered bands I would have never discovered. As a musician, I never had to worry about not being able to do my job right. Roadburn is by far the most well-organised festival there is, and it is also the most honest, integrous and authentic festival I know. Apart from that I think the respect that Walter and his crew show for the artists is very touching.”

Can you tell us about your favourite past experience(s) of Roadburn? Were there any shows that had a strong impact?

“One of the best memories I had at Roadburn… it’s honestly a tough question, because I have so many, both as a visitor and an artist! But I have two memories that stand out. The first was in 2009 when I discovered Bohren & Der Club Of Gore. Their concert was a mind-blowing thing to behold. At the end of the gig, a fan recognised me and told me we were watching his favourite band and he was very happy I liked it too. He had bought their LP and wanted me to have it. Of course, I refused because although very kind, I didn’t want to take the gift. But he insisted on me taking it. Who knows, he will read this and recognise himself here!

“The other memory was Earth, in 2008. I was there with my friends from Serpentcult. I was very touched by that concert. Steven, our bass player saw that and said, ‘It’s beautiful isn’t it?’ I nodded and as I looked around me, I saw in people’s faces that they felt the same way. The whole room was as touched as I was. I will ever forget that.”

What are your hopes and plans for the (hopefully post-pandemic) future?

“We will focus on working on a new EP or an album and keeping creative. We hope that we can also go back to playing live. Creating is one thing but playing live is something we both enjoy as well.”

What else are you looking forward to experiencing during Roadburn Redux?

“Roadburn is always an opportunity to discover different artists and different acts. This time many things will be different, but not that. We are looking forward to seeing acts like Lustmord, Autarkh and Primitive Man. We are naturally curious to see how other bands managed to work under these special conditions. There are plenty of good bands on the line-up and many bands we don’t know yet, so we are surely going to discover a lot of great music. We hope to see a happy Roadburn crew as well. Walter and his crew have had a tough year with last year’s Covid situation. They made the impossible possible this year so we hope to hear from them too on the platform.”

Of Blood And Mercury will perform The Other Side Of Death on Sunday 18 April at 18.40.


Interview: Dirk Serries

"For this commissioned work I’ve invited two musicians, with whom I already worked closely together before: Tom Malmendier on drums and Rutger Zuydervelt on electronics."

An esteemed legend of the ambient underground, Dirk Serries has been incredibly prolific over the years. Aside from his enormous catalogue of releases, both under the iconic Vidna Obmana banner and in a variety of other guises and collaborations, Serries has become a staple of Roadburn line-ups, offering some of the most transcendental sounds to ever grace the festival. This year, minds will be blown once again, albeit within 2021’s unavoidable restrictions. If anyone can transcend the moment and send us skyward, it’s Dirk

Dom Lawson

How have you adapted to our weird new reality over the last year? Any new challenges, in terms of being creative?

“Of course, the pandemic left us all quite breathless for a while, cancelling all planned concerts, studio sessions, and so on. So it took a bit of time to adjust to this new way of interacting, but creativity doesn’t fade if you keep on thinking and re-creating the possibilities. I do realise there’s no digital concert that equals the experience of a live concert in your favourite venue, but nothing else is possible right now, so why not? This is where Roadburn really excels, in organising this fantastic alternative. But also, on a more compositional level, you do have software tools which allow you to play with your fellow musicians online. It’s most likely not suitable for every genre but, at my own free jazz label, we already did a full album using such software during the first main lockdown. So to keep on creating you do have possibilities to explore, you just need the will.”

What can you tell us about your forthcoming Roadburn performance?

“Since I started with music in 1984 I’ve been exploring different genres, from the heavy industrial music in the eighties to drone and ambient music in the nineties and noughties, and currently being deeply involved with the free improvisation scene. Amazingly, Roadburn has followed me on this path. I’ve been enormously fortunate enough to have played Roadburn six times already, each time with one of my different projects (from twice with Fear Falls Burning, solo or with Yodok III). The support of Roadburn, specifically Walter, has just been amazing, and their faith in what I do has boosted me to creative heights.
“Now being invited for a commissioned work on Roadburn Redux is more than an honour, and it’s a fine opportunity to introduce my ambient music to the Roadburn audience, and not only because the digital concert format gives me way more freedom and less pressure than during a real live concert, as the construction and build-up of my ambient music is slower, more detailed and refined. Also, since the beginning, this is the music for which I’ve been acknowledged worldwide, and through which I got to know a lot of fellow musicians who already played Roadburn themselves, so it’s time to share this with the festival. I originally worked on this style of music exclusively with synthesisers and electronic devices, but in the late nineties I slowly started to convert it to electric guitar and effects, making it way easier and flexible to perform live. For this commissioned work I’ve invited two musicians, with whom I already worked closely together before: Tom Malmendier on drums and Rutger Zuydervelt on electronics. Two fantastic musicians who will for sure play their own part to create along with me a beautiful space to experience. It’s partially composed but with still a lot of freedom to interact in the moment of creating the live experience. I’m really looking forward to it!”

What does Roadburn mean to you, as creative people and on a personal level?

“Roadburn is a philosophy. Every year, with every edition, it becomes a way of living differently, meeting up with comrades inside but also outside. And it’s fantastic to see how the city of Tilburg embraces this event, becoming the village for such kindred spirits. But also Roadburn wouldn’t be the same festival if it would just book the same bands and the same genres, but over the years they have taken up the brave opportunity to introduce their faithful audience to new genres, new bands, new projects and to expand the scope of what Roadburn stands for. On top of that it’s just amazing to experience first-hand that the audience just embraces the adventurous programming of the festival. It lifts you as a musician to way higher levels.”

Can you tell us about your favourite past experience(s) of Roadburn? Were there any shows that had a strong impact?

“The festival is always the highlight, but of course some are printed in your memory forever. On a personal level when I played with the fantastic Kristoffer Lo (on amplified tuba) and Tomas Järmyr (on drums) with our band Yodok III. The way we were able to interact with the audience in a fully packed Green Room was just overwhelming. Another one was when I was able to accompany good friend Justin Broadrick for the return of Godflesh to Roadburn with the performance of Streetcleaner. Amazing to see and hear that monumental album live in the big hall, helping him out with setting up and doing the live mix. Goosebumps.”

What are your hopes and plans for the (hopefully post-pandemic) future?

“Hoping that I can continue with my A New Wave Of Jazz label releasing exciting music and arranging concerts and studio sessions, and wishing for those Kodian Trio and Yodok III tours to happen, which were cancelled last year. And of course, staying Covid-free!”

What else are you looking forward to experiencing during Roadburn Redux?

“Absorbing the atmosphere of a real Roadburn festival will be impossible, and completely understandable. All performance slots are full separately so hanging out with the other musicians and bands will not be possible. Nevertheless, I hope to catch most of Friday and Saturday before fully dedicating myself for my own performance on Sunday. It goes without saying I’m super psyched to be part of this unique edition and Roadburn can already be very proud of making this happen.”

Dirk Serries will perform Epitaph as part of Roadburn Redux on Sunday 18 April at 14.50 CEST.



Roadburn Redux: Running Order, DeWolff, Death Bells, Territoire and more...

April 12, 2021

We have a lot to squeeze in to this final missive as we just couldn’t help ourselves – we added a few more things to Roadburn Redux! Which means that the all important schedules are bursting at the seams, but the good news is they’re ready! Scroll down to view the weekend’s running order.

But before we get to that, let’s start with the basics, the stuff you need to know…

Roadburn Redux is free to watch!

You can sign in to enjoy the full functionality of the site, but it’s not required. Donations are welcome to help keep the Roadburn show on the road, but if you’re able to donate, that’s okay – you’re still more than welcome!

Roadburn Redux will be starting on Thursday evening!

We’re rolling out a few (incredible!) bits of Roadburn content from Thursday evening onwards! Join us from 7pm CET, we’ll welcome you to the whole event and then leave you to explore!

Roadburn Redux shows/content is available to re-watch – but only for a limited time!

The schedules you’ll find below let you know what time content is premiering on the site, and we hope that plenty of you will watch along with us as the whole thing unfurls! Some sets will overlap but you can catch up later or switch between things! If your schedule doesn’t allow you to watch live, or you’re joining us from the other side of the planet, you can catch up in your own time. The Roadburn Redux content will be available to re-watch once its published – but only until the evening of Tuesday 20 April. Whether the tracks/videos/sets will reappear elsewhere is down to the bands! If you want to be on the safe side, assume everything is once in a lifetime – just like a real Roadburn.

Alright! Now on to the new additions and those all important schedules!

DeWolff to replace Radar Men From The Moon

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Radar Men From The Moon are no longer able to perform at the 013 on Sunday. They have been replaced by DeWolff, one of the most energetic and essential bands to come out of the Netherlands in the last decade or so. This is a band for those ‘burners who appreciate the rock and psych classics of the late ’60s and ’70s; if you have the Allman Brothers, Dr. John or Deep Purple nestled in your vinyl collection, this one’s for you. They’ll be rounding out our Sunday night in style. Read more HERE.

Territoire and XLR Estudio performing Étude de la profondeur

We have invited French award-winning composer Olivier Arson AKA Territoire to present his haunting third album, Étude de la profondeur, in its entirety, and in collaboration with XLR Estudio. Those of you who witnessed Territoire live at Roadburn 2019 already know what to expect from this genre-defying artist who utilises haunting soundscapes and electronic unease to craft their music. Read more HERE.

Death Bells live from Bombay

Death Bells brought a little bit of Australia-by-way-of-California sunshine into what was, on the whole, a pretty bleak 2020. Their album, New Signs Of Life, released via Dais Records was nine-tracks aloof, guitar and synth driven rock that couldn’t help let a little optimism shine through the brooding dark clouds.
With live performances curtailed for obvious reasons, the tracks from New Signs of Life were unable to be experienced live. Whilst we’re not quite able to work miracles, we have been gifted the premiere of an incredible live performance filmed at Bombay Beach, California. Read more HERE.

Q&As
We have a stellar line up of Q&As as part of Roadburn Redux. We’ve enlisted the help of some intrepid reporters to quiz people on our behalf – live, over the festival weekend. We’ll be chatting to Robin Staps of Pelagic Records, and Mat McNerney and Tommi Pulkki of Svart about their respective showcases. We have interviews lined up with Dylan Walker of Full of Hell, Lingua Ignota, Aaron Turner, Knoll, Divide & Dissolve, and Big Brave over the course of the weekend. We also have something of a mystery interview on our hands as we’ll be talking to three of the participants of The Music of Townes Van Zandt – only we can’t tell you who that is just yet. And finally, we’re not sure if it would be a real edition of Roadburn if we didn’t have Andreas Kohl giving us insight into the wonderful world of vinyl via the Vinyl Veda Vault. Turn up, tune in, and pose your own questions to them all!

Podcast
We’ve enlisted the help of two friends of the festival – Metal Matters podcasters Mike Berdan of Uniform and journalist Fred Pessaro – to welcome you to each day of the festival by way of a podcast with the somewhat self explanatory title The Roadburn Redux Podcast with Metal Matters. Featuring interviews from several of your favourite Roadburn-friendly artists, these episodes will be the perfect way to kick off your day if you’re truly immersing yourself in the Roadburn experience. Read more HERE.

Documentaries
We announced on Friday that we’d be premiering the French-made documentary We Are The New Chimeras: 50 minutes of Flames, Black Metal and Utopia. Can a festival be life-altering? In the case of France‘s Les Feux de Beltane (or Beltane Fires), a gathering of like-minded spirits can change lives. It can even bypass our industrial and commercial society by creating an event that differs from any other festival in artistic scope and feel. Or, on a human scale, while profoundly capturing what’s so appealing and fundamental about black metal, and its pagan and uncompromising spirit.

Alongside this online premiere we’ll also be showcasing two artists entwined with Roadburn by way of specially made documentaries focussing on their work. Never Mind The Hype caught up with our 2020 poster artist, Douwe Dijkstra to gain insight into his technicolour world. Meanwhile, Roadburn Redux poster artist, the French photographer Lucile Lejoly let us in on a few of the secrets of her spellbinding skills.

Also on the film front, we’ll have a short cinematic introduction to the commissioned project performed by GOLD live from the 013, titled This Shame Should Not Be Mine.

If you’re looking for something to get your grey matter working, we have a few things up our sleeve.


Podcasts

We’ve enlisted the help of two friends of the festival – Metal Matters podcasters Mike Berdan of Uniform and journalist Fred Pessaro – to welcome you to each day of the festival by way of a podcast with the somewhat self explanatory title The Roadburn Redux Podcast with Metal Matters.

Featuring interviews from several of your favourite Roadburn-friendly artists (everyone from Greg Anderson to Inter Arma, Vile Creature to Autarkh, Youth Code to Lustmord), these episodes will be the perfect way to kick off your day if you’re truly immersing yourself in the Roadburn experience.


We Are The New Chimeras screening at Roadburn Redux

April 9, 2021

We Are The New Chimeras: 50 minutes of Flames, Black Metal and Utopia.

Can a festival be life-altering? In case of Brittany, France‘s Les Feux de Beltane (or Beltane Fires), a gathering of like-minded spirits can change lives. It can even bypass our industrial and commercial society by creating an event that differs from any other festival in artistic scope and feel. Or, on a human scale, while profoundly capturing what’s so appealing and fundamental about black metal, and its pagan and uncompromising spirit.

Les Feux de Beltane is a true celebration of discovery too, whether it’s (ancient) knowledge and methods or blackened music. Its unparalleled setting offers contemplation and a welcome escape from our dreadful existence.

It can also be experienced as a rite of passage in which we welcome the season of light, celebrated by gigantic bonfires. So during the last days of the dark period, only the initiated leave their cities to celebrate forgotten gods in the heart of Brittany. Through the portrait of six-festival-goers – each with their own sensitivity, cultural background, inspiration and aspiration – We Are The New Chimeras thoroughly retraces the last edition of the Beltane Fires, this secret congregation of black metal enthusiasts.

Sit back for 50 minutes and watch the exclusive, online premiere of We Are The New Chimeras, Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions and Ifern En Ti-Feurm’s first documentary, and directed by Mathias Averty, at Roadburn Redux. As this genuine document captures a unique experience that will remain etched in the memories and hearts of those in the know. And in ours, the uninitiated, as well, as festivals, even on celluloid, can definitely be life-altering.

Says director Mathias Averty: “I will always remember the overwhelming vertigo I felt when I first listened to black metal, when I was sixteen. This powerful, sick and obscure music changed my life and has stayed with me ever since. To me, Les Feux de Beltane has achieved more than any other event ever did, in capturing what’s so magnetic and fundamental to this music. Telling the story of this timeless gathering remote from the modern society through pictures was therefore a real challenge and a huge responsibility. That is why I tried to defend a really sensitive and personal approach.”

Offical poster by Came Roy de Rat
Model: Luperkahlia


Roadburn Redux: Steve Von Till, Aaron Turner and 53 more names confirmed

April 2, 2021

Roadburn Redux has confirmed an enormous 55 new names that will be participating in the online event taking place between April 16-18. They will be joining the already-announced line up that includes Hexvessel, Die Wilde Jagd, Inter Arma, Mizmor, Primitive Man, Wolvennest and many, many more.

Artistic Director Walter / Roadburn comments: “Roadburn has always been a gathering of kindred spirits; shining a light on varying creative corners of our beloved underground and beyond. This year is no different. We’re beyond elated to announce that a vast number of inspiring bands and artists – from Roadburn luminaries such as Steve Von Till and Aaron Turner to young, to upcoming hopefuls like Knoll – have been added to our final, virtual lineup. We’re honoured to provide a platform in these trying times, whether they will bring you exclusive sets or present their debut albums. Together they will give us hope, inspiration, and most of all, the opportunity to reconnect with each other and keep our thriving community going for bands and fans alike. Despite the fact that Jo Quail and several musicians working with her on ‘The Cartographer’ can’t make it to Tilburg due to the travel restrictions – she’ll still be a part of the festival this year, whilst the commissioned performance will take place in 2022. Such is the communal vibe of Roadburn, and we can’t wait to welcome you to Roadburn Redux – wherever you are in the world.”

Roadburn Redux will take place online between April 16-18. Roadburnredux.com for more information.

New Additions

STEVE VON TILL presents A Remote Wilderness
Steve Von Till has performed at Roadburn as part of Neurosis, as a curator, as a solo artist, and a guest musician – and now he will be performing for us within a digital realm as part of Roadburn Redux.
Filmed and recorded live at the legendary Robert Lang Studios in Seattle, we’re delighted to be able to present to you a Steve Von Till performance titled A Remote Wilderness. Joined by a dynamic group of Seattle based musicians Von Till will perform  his latest album, No Wilderness Deep Enough, in its entirety – with a few older songs woven throughout. Read more HERE

PERFORMANCES
As well as Steve Von Till’s amazing contribution to Roadburn Redux, we’re thrilled to bring a huge swathe of exclusive, specially recorded performances to Roadburn audiences, including a special solo set from Aaron Turner, a short set from Jo Quail to tide us over until The Cartographer performance next year, the unveiling of two new Dawn Ray’d songs via an exclusive performance video, a very special improv set from Blanck Mass, a psychedelic freakout courtesy of Doctors of Space and much more. Click the artist names below to find out more about each of their performances.

Aaron Turner
Amulets
Svart Sessions: Doodswens
Blanck Mass
Body Void
Dawn Ray’d
Doctors of Space
Drowse
Jo Quail
Jonathan Hulten
Knoll
Nadja
Nero Di Marte
Sula Bassana
Wesenwille

COMMISSIONED:
Also performing for us will be two further artists commissioned specifically by Roadburn for the occasion.

BADA
BADA was created in 2019 by Anna Von Hausswolff and fellow Gothenburg musicians David Sabel, Gianluca Grasselli, Filip Leyman and Hannes Nilsson – some of whom also perform as part of Von Hausswolff’s solo project. Through cinematic drone, tribal rhythms, heavy distortions and a shared desire to “reunite the essential bonds between music and physical worlds”, BADA is a captivating and constantly evolving force of creativity that demands to be witnessed. Read more HERE

TAU PRESENTS DREAM AWAKE
Tau are bringing their transcendental visions to Roadburn Redux, with an exclusive two-part set entitled Dream Awake, that will include a special guest appearance from Clannad’s Pól Brennan. Led by Dubliner Seán Mulrooney, Tau’s hypnotic neo-folk transports listeners on a meditative voyage, taking in shamanic chants, psychedelic flourishes and traditional folk elements, from Irish to Mongolian. Read More HERE

PELAGIC PRESENTS
We’ve joined forces with Germany’s Pelagic Records to showcase artists on the label’s roster under the banner ‘Pelagic Presents’. With no indication of slowing down, this positively prolific label is churning out stellar release after stellar release, even during the last twelve challenging months. Join us as we team up to bring you an exciting collection of premiers, exclusive performances and we’ll even be unveiling some brand new signings to the label over the Redux weekend. Read more about Pelagic Records HERE

The following artists will be participating in the Pelagic Presents showcase:

Blessings
Briqueville
Crown
Johan G. Winther
LLNN
Lustmord & Karin Park
Oslo Tapes
Psychonaut
Sâver
SOM
The Ocean performing Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic 
Year of No Light

ALBUM PREMIERES
In addition to already announced full album premieres, we’re delighted to confirm three more – including Spill Gold performing their album Highway Hypnosis, broadcast live from the 013 venue.

Might performing Might
Spill Gold performing Highway Hypnosis
Trialogos performing Stroh Zu Gold

THE SONGS OF TOWNES VAN ZANDT
The installment of The Songs of Townes Van Zandt is on the horizon during Roadburn Redux the artists involved with the latest album will be unveiled. With previous participants including John Baizley, Scott Kelly and Mike Scheidt, the pedigree of the artists is in no doubt. To find out more click HERE – and tune in April 16-18 for the big reveal.

AUDIO/VIDEO PREMIERES:
Roadburn Redux will also be the proud host of a number of audio and visual premieres over the festival weekend. Ranging from previously recordings from previous editions of the festival through to brand new a material from upcoming albums, there’s a feast for both the eyes and ears planned this April courtesy of the following artists:

Acid Rooster
Algiers
Alora Crucible
An Autumn For Crippled Children
Astrosoniq
Blodet
Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou
Hand Model
Hante
Kayo Dot
Midwife
Noctule
Obsidian Kingdom
Of Wolves
Sunrot
Talea Jacta Meets Electric Moon
Tesa
Thy Catafalque 
Witch Mountain
Wolf King
Wolves In The Condo

VIRTUAL PIT STOP
We are partnering up with a brand new as yet un-released to public virtual social gathering platform called Bramble to bring you a daily place to hang out with fellow Roadburners virtually – just like the real life Pit Stop in Tilburg.

Anyone who has ever played video games will feel right at home in Bramble, where conversations happen inside of a psychedelic venue. Guests walk around a trippy world as an avatar – connecting with your long lost community. As you move your avatar around, the people you see and hear change depending on who you’re close to, like moving around a physical space.

There will be four separate spaces – The Grass Company, 8.6 Bar, The Weirdo Canyon, and The Skate Hall – open from 5pm CET til 3am CET each day of Roadburn Redux.

Bramble was invented by Artery, a global community for intimate culture and social infrastructure. Its unique gathering platform has been used for everything from open-mics to an album listening party celebration, as well as birthday parties, family gatherings and dozens of companies establishing virtual spaces for their remote workforce.

TICKETS & INFO
Roadburn Redux
will be available to access between April 16-18 with a full programme of content online for free (or pay what you like).


Roadburn Redux: Palagic Presents

Some things have ground to a halt during this pandemic – understandably so – as things we once knew well and took for granted were suddenly thrown askew by a new reality. But one thing that has remained comfortingly constant is the high level of output from Germany’s Pelagic Records. With no indication of slowing down, this positively prolific label is churning out stellar release after stellar release. We’re thrilled to have teamed up with the label to present a showcase of their recent and upcoming releases under the banner ‘Pelagic Presents’ – a collection of premiers, exclusive performances and more.

That this showcase is so vast in scope yet barely scrapes the surface of their roster of artists is testament to the depth of talent that is housed by Pelagic. Not only will we be highlighting the likes of Year of No Light, The Ocean, SOM, CROWN, LLNN and other names you are likely already familiar with, but we’ll also be unveiling a clutch of new signings exclusively during Roadburn Redux. To find out who their latest Pelagic recruits are you’ll need to tune in during the festival weekend when all will be revealed.

The Ocean’s Robin Staps is at the helm of all things Pelagic and he commented:

We are honoured to be invited to present a selection of our artist roster at Roadburn Redux. Roadburn has been one of the most important institutions for us for discovering new music for many years, and we share an abundance of great memories of spring visits of Tilburg. As a matter of fact our first contact with some of the new signings we are going to announce at this year’s edition of Roadburn (Redux) was at a previous edition of Roadburn. We have a lot of respect and admiration for Walter’s vision and artistic scope. To be able to present a rather large selection of the Pelagic roster here is an heartening opportunity in these difficult times for us and for all of the artists involved, an opportunity for which we are very grateful. All video contributions will be new material produced specifically for Roadburn Redux and premiered here and nowhere else.“

Demonstrating that at least one part of the music business is in rude health, join us as we celebrate what Pelagic Records has to offer as we dive into the ‘Pelagic Presents’ series of presentations over the Roadburn weekend.

Pelagic Presents will be a part of Roadburn Redux, between April 16-18.


Essential Sounds: 02.04.21

After the massive announcement for Roadburn Redux, it’s time for our weekly playlist, and please make sure to support these bands (if possible, of course), as it’s Bandcamp Friday.

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

MotorpsychoThe Waning, Pt.1 (Stickman Records)

ZementHohlraum (Self-Release)

Storefront ChurchAfter the Alphabets (Sargent House)

HexvesselThe Death Knell Tolls (Svart Records)

Angel OlsenIt’s Every Season (Whole New Mess) (Jagjaguwar)

Heather TrostTracks To Nowhere (Third Man Records)

Godspeed You! Black EmperorJob’s Lament (Constellation)

Everson PoeDenial (Self-Release)

Slow White FallCountry of Dust (Oliver Ho)

Scotch Rolex, Lord SpikeheartSuccess (Hakuna Kulala)

D.J. Muggs the Black GoatIncantation (Sacred Bones Records)

Cold CaveNight Light (Heartworm Press)

Kælan MiklaSólstöður (Artoffact Records)

SlantTerminal (Iron Lung Records)

Paysage d’HiverSchtampfä (Kunsthall Produktionen)

Rorcal, EarthfleshAltars of Nothingness (Self-Release)

Thy CatafalquePiros-sárga (Season of Mist)