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FESTIVAL GUIDE


TICKETS & INFO TICKETS Daytickets: € 32,50 + servicefee, weekendtickets: € 55,00 + servicefee. You will need to aquire a € 4,- Melkweg membership. Tickets and memberships are available at Melkweg box office, melkweg.nl, ticketmaster.nl and grauzonefestival.com

MELKWEG Lijnbaansgracht 234a, Amsterdam, phone: +31 (0)20 531 8181 Openings hours Melkweg Box Office: Weekdays: 12.00 p.m. Closing times vary according to the event schedule. Saturdays: 4.30 p.m. till 3 a.m.

TIMETABLES AND PROGRAM GUIDE On page 12-13 in this booklet you will find the timetables. Info on all printed matter is subject to change. Any changes in the timetables will be clearly stated at the venue. For updates please visit grauzonefestival.com

MERCHANDISE We have some very special Grauzone merchandise available at the Melkweg foyer: T-shirts, the first Grauzone compilation EP (320 album limited edition), badges and totebags! You can now order your merch at grauzonefestival.com You will find band merchandise and record stands throughout the building of the Melkweg.

General & Creative managers: Natasja Alers, Edwin van Andel Creative input: Marc Emmerik Marketing: Maurice van de Berkt, Jelle Agema Production: Melkweg production team Copywriting & texts: Marc Emmerik Design: Maarten Nauw, Arie Reisinger Artwork: Maarten Nauw maartennauw.com Symposium: Natasja Alers, John Robb, Lebowski, Faber & Faber Website: Troy Jay grauzonefestival.com Thanx: AFK, Lebowski, Faber & Faber, John Robb, Oscar van Gelderen,

Troy Jay, Rudi Beukers, Sofia Pereira, Loeke Gerritsen, Leonor Jonker, Tashina Blom en Marie de Bruyn. And last but not least all the volunteers! We couldn’t have done this without you!


WELCOME TO GRAUZONE Grauzone festival is celebrating its 3rd edition at the Melkweg on January 30 and 31 2015 . This year will be extra special for us as we’ve grown from being a single day festival to a 2 day weekender. We focus on assembling a line-up that is of the highest quality, diverse, youn ng and unique. Our goal: bringing together the best of past and present, with biig names performing alongside young and upcoming bands. One of our inspirers is krautrock legend Michael Rother of NEU! and Kraftwerrk. His music influenced countless bands from punk to electronica. Another big inspiration are legendary punk rock icons The Damned. They practicallyy invented both the punk and gothic genres, and also incorporated numerouss other styles into their music and image, including garage and psychedelia (with a dollop of theatrics thrown in for good measure). It’s this diversity thatt makes music interesting and what Grauzone is about: bringing together and d connecting different styles of music and underground subcultures, presenting g them in an intimate setting. Legendary and groundbreaking bands such as TH HE FALL, or D.A.F. (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft), perfectly fit our line-u FA up and are sure to deliver quality sets. Besides broadening our musical horizon (wave, punk, kraut, electronica, synth, psych & goth), we focus more on new cutting edge bandss. Canadian synth band TR/ST and British bands such as TOY, The Wytches, Lola Colt and Esben and The Witch. This year’s Grauzone will feature fifteen amazing young acts from all over the world, spread out over two days at one venue. The symposium and film program is spectacular this year. Our guests are Viv Albertine of The Slits, and Mick Harvey (The Bad Seeds, Birthday Party),, and will be interviewed by John Robb (the Membranes, Goldblade). There is so much great music and art to see and hear. Take your time to chec Th ck out the full line-up and discover some hidden gems, legendary groundbreakin ng bands, and acts that are about to be the next big thing! _______________________________________________ Natasja Nata sja j & Edwin Edwin

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JESSICA 93 THEATRE – 19:45

HAND OF DUST OUDE ZAAL – 19:00 Dark post-punk trio Hand of Dust are an excellent band coming from the unique Denmark punk/noise scene that has birthed bands like Ice Age, Lower and Var. They play electrifying raw post-punk with traces of blues and neo-folk combined with dark, but romantic folk lyrics. Think of bands like The Gun Club, Birthday Party, early Bad Seeds and Dead Moon.

Jessica 93 is a post-punk, shoegaze one-man-band from Paris. Geoffroy Laporte creates a hypnotic sound with guitar, loopstation and drumcomputer.

ESBEN AND THE WITCH THE MAX – 19:30 Goth-pop-meets-postrock-trio Esben And The Witch from Brighton have released critically acclaimed albums on Matador Recs (Sonic Youth a.o.) and gained a reputation as a formidable live act. They successfully combine hardrock noise with psychfolk goth. Rachel Davies’ vocals are compared to Siouxsie and PJ Harvey. Recently released album ‘A New Nature’ was produced by Steve Albini and reviews say it’s ‘superb, breathtaking and impressive’ (NME).

AGENT SIDE GRINDER OUDE ZAAL – 20:30 Sweden’s ASG is one of Grauzone’s most exiting electronic bands. Combining the best of Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire, Kraftwerk, Joy Division and Throbbing Gristle, their music is an uncompromising mix of industrial, post-punk, EBM, electro and krautrock. Their latest 2012 album ‘Hardware’ was met with universal acclaim, named “album of the month” in Vice and won a Swedish Grammy. ASG is a brilliant live act using only analog equipment, vintage drum-machines and tape-loops.


FRIDAY BO HØYER HANSEN (HAND OF DUST) THEATRE – 20:45 Hand Of Dust singer/guitarist Bo will perform an acoustic solo set featuring his intense dark and beautifully melancholic folkish songs.

KELUAR THEATRE – 21:45 Berlin based duo Keluar are experimental minimal synthpop newcomers. Following the demise of popular London band Linea Aspera (who played their last show at Grauzone 2013), singer Zoè Zanias (aka Alison Lewis) teamed up with Sid Lamar. Influenced by minimal wave, industrial, deathrock, EBM and dark techno. Their vinyl EP’s had rave reviews naming them: ‘brilliant, genius and astonishing.’ Using analog electronica, their live shows are haunting and intense.

MICHAEL ROTHER PLAYS NEU! & HARMONIA

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THE MAX – 21:15 Krautrock legend Michael Rother, was a member of three influential German bands: KRAFTWERK, NEU! and Harmonia. The albums of NEU! are considered masterpieces and influenced countless musicians: David Bowie (who invited Rother and named his ‘Heroes’ album after a NEU! song), Iggy Pop, Sex Pistols, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, PIL, Joy Division/New Order, Gary Numan, The Fall a.o. His live performances are absolutely stunning, so don’t miss it!

TRUST OUDE ZAAL – 22:30 Toronto’s dark electronic pop sensation Trust plays quite a unique mix somewhere between synthpop, darkwave, goth and dance, with a retro 80’s-yet-modern feel. Their sound is dark and mysterious while remaining catchy, upbeat and danceable. The highly acclaimed 2012 debut album ‘TRST’ was nominated for a Juno Award for ‘best electronic album’ and ‘best debut of the year.’ Trust is an excellent live act known for their outstanding performances and frontman Robert Alfons deep baritone voice, which is as haunting live as it is on the band’s records. A must see!


THE WYTCHES OUDE ZAAL – 00:30

THE FALL

Stand-out hot trio from Brighton plays a surprising mix of surf, 60’s garage, dark horror punk and grunge. They sold out most of their shows in 2014 and their recent debut ‘Annabel Dream Reader’ is ‘one of the most memorable debut albums of recent times, brilliant and astonishing’ according to reviews. Their explosive live performances are full of energy, featuring a constant stream of stage dives and mosh pits.

THE MAX – 23:15 The ‘mighty’ Fall as fervent fan BBC DJ John Peel used to say. British distinctive and influential (post)punk band known for being an acknowledged influence on Sonic Youth (who covered 3 songs), Nirvana, The Smiths, Pavement, The Happy Mondays, and Franz Ferdinand. Singer/bandleader/anti-star Mark E. Smith rants, shouts and sings off key in his inimitable and unique style. Shows by The Fall are legendary and recent reviews have been raving. The current incarnation of the band has been together for three albums now.

CAMERA THEATRE – 23:15 Berlin-based trio Camera, known for their spontaneous ‘guerilla gigs,’ plays a modern version of krautrock influenced by NEU!, Can, Amon Duul and mid-period Kraftwerk. Be prepared for a spectacular trip of heavy cosmic grooves where time and space have no meaning.

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RUDE66 THEATRE – 00:45 Rude 66 is a patron of the Dutch Westcoast electro scene. His sound played an important role in the development of the Sound of the Dutch Westcoast and the legendary lo-fi acid sound of 90’s The Hague. Acid techno, brutal electro and even weird space-age electronica!

DJ HELENA HAUFF OUDE ZAAL – 01:30 Helena Hauff is DJ and producer hailing from Hamburg. Her DJ sets are diverse and can’t be pinned down as she cuts between dirty acid, chigaco, techno, EBM, minimal synth and wave. She tours all over the world alongside acts as Jeff Mills, Dopplereffekt, Factory Floor, Ron Morelli, Das Ding and now finally at Grauzone.


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INTERVIEW MICHAEL ROTHER PLAYS NEU! & HARMONIA FRIDAY – THE MAX – 21:15 by Marc Emmerik

A week before you attend Grauzone, your old band Kraftwerk does seven shows in Amsterdam playing their back catalogue. Did you, after you left Kraftwerk, keep in touch or go see one of their shows? And what do you think of Kraftwerk now and their legacy? I never really stayed in touch with Kraftwerk after we stopped playing together in 1971. Klaus Dinger and I moved on to start the NEU! project. In early 1974 I met Ralph and Florian in Düsseldorf and played them the recordings for Harmonia´s album “Musik von Harmonia” which was released a few months later. Since that time until earlier this year, I didn´t see Ralph or Florian and didn´t see Kraftwerk play live although their music sometimes came to my attention. Your albums with NEU! & Harmonia are considered masterpieces and influenced countless musicians. You collaborated with Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, Anton Corbijn, a.o. And there is a NEU! tribute compilation with a very impressive list of bands. Did you ever expect this when you started? I´ve never spent one minute thinking about maybe finding a place in music

history. That didn´t cross my mind at all. The music was all I cared for and it was exciting to discover new music from day to day with my collaborators in Kraftwerk, NEU! and Harmonia. Back then, Amsterdam was the hippie capitol of Europe, did you ever play there or visited it? I played at Melkweg in Amsterdam at least once or twice in ‘73/’74, Paradiso too. I have clear memories of the relaxed audiences there. I look forward to returning to Melkweg and play my current music at Grauzone. David Bowie and Iggy Pop were hugely influenced by NEU! Bowie named ‘Heroes’ after a NEU! song and contacted you to play on it. Why didn´t you? That´s a long story, and also quite a mystery. We can only guess why the collaboration between David Bowie and myself didn´t happen in 1977. About 10 years ago David started saying in interviews that I had turned down his invitation to record the album “Heroes” with him and Brian Eno in Berlin.

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TOY THE MAX – 17:45

THE WOKEN TREES THEATRE – 16:45 Danish 6 piece band The Woken Trees plays raw industrial post-punk and sound like Joy Division heading for an occult mass at midnight. Their 2012 debut album ‘NNON’ received very positive reviews, they played Roskilde 2014 and appeared at this year’s Wave Gotik Treffen.

Terrific UK psych rockers TOY play an impressive mix of shoegaze, post-punk, psychedelica, Krautrock en noise-rock. Their stunning debut was 2012’s best rock album. Already selling out many shows in the UK and headlining shows together with bands like Soft Moon and Savages, this will be your chance to see the next big thing!

THE MEMBRANES OUDE ZAAL – 17:15 Post-punk band The Membranes pioneered the avant-noise scene of Big Black and Sonic Youth. They were first to be signed by Creation records (My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Marychain) and recorded with fan Steve Albini (Big Black, Shellac). In 2009 The Membranes reunited for a really successful appearance at the All Tomorrows Parties festival curated by My Bloody Valentine.

MICK HARVEY THEATRE – 18:15 Australian songwriter, musician and producer Mick Harvey created some of his best and most influential music being a founding member at the creative cores of The Birthday Party and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. He left the Bad Seeds in 2009. He worked extensively with PJ Harvey, and was an integral part of her gold and platinum record ‘Let England Shake.’ Mick will perform an exclusive acoustic set featuring songs from his rich solo career.


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OUDE ZAAL – 18:45 Legendary anarcho punks Zounds released one of the genre’s most inspirational records in 1981. Their D.I.Y. sound and strong political messages left a legacy within the postpunk community that extended far beyond their brief five-year career. Zounds returned in 2010 with a new line up, and after their set at Grauzone 2012 they will return for another excellent performance.

SHOPPING THEATRE – 19:45

D.A.F. THE MAX – 19:45 D.A.F. (Deutsche Amerikanische Freundschaft) is an influential electropunk / Neue Deutsche Welle duo from Düsseldorf and are considered pioneers of Electro punk, EBM and techno. Gabi Delgado-López (vocals, lyrics) and Robert Görl (drums, electronics) recorded several electronic dance masterpieces with innovative producer Conny Plank (Kraftwerk, CAN, NEU!, Brian Eno, Killing Joke). ‘Der Mussolini’ became an international monster hit in dance clubs. These electro punk legends will make you dance ‘til you drop.

East London three piece post-punk funk band Shopping’s 2013 debut album ‘Consumer Complaints’ got rave reviews (‘All killer’ according to The Quietus). This is post-punk with a definite 21st Century style reminiscent of The Slits, The Cure, The Au Pairs, Gang Of Four, early Talking Heads and Siouxsie Sioux-like vocals. Their gigs are incredibly fun and there’s absolutely no way you’ll be able to stand still. Prepare to dance!

LOLA COLT OUDE ZAAL – 20:30 One of our breaking new bands is described in the press as 2014’s breakthrough band. London based Lola Colt is a powerful six piece. Their mind-bending psychedelia hued post-punk has seen them play a host of festivals and sold out shows. Their acclaimed debut album is produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Sonic Youth). They were amongst the best acts of London Calling last october. A must see live band!

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THE DAMNED THE MAX – 21:30 Legendary punk rock icons The Damned practically invented punk and goth. They are credited with releasing the first punk single (New Rose 1976) and the first punk album. Then they evolved into one of the forerunners of the gothic genre (The Black Album 1980). The Damned are one of those bands that never seem to age, and with their loud exciting rocking shows still kicking more ass than most younger bands. Featuring Dave Vanians spooky vocals, Captain Sensible’s screeching guitars, and all their classic songs, their show will be a truly spectacular experience!

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THE OSCILLATION THEATRE – 21:15

CLAN OF XYMOX

London-based The Oscillation is mixing krautrock with PIL’s dub post-punk and Hawkwind’s space-rock. Their 2013 third album ‘From Tomorrow’ has won acclaim from all corners of the world. Accompanied by a trippy analogue psychedelic light show they had a very successful year including playing several big festivals. Tune in, turn on, oscillate!!!

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In the mid 80’s Darkwave/goth band Clan Of Xymox was a pioneer of dark electro-gothic music and released their first albums on the legendary 4AD label (Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Bauhaus, Birthday Party). Bandleader Ronnie Moorings’ vocals have been described by some as THE definitive goth voice. Clan of Xymox is still relevant and popular, headlining many international fests.


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The truth is I didn´t turn down his invitation at all. We both were very enthusiastic about the idea of collaborating and we talked about details on the phone. My interpretation of what went wrong is that someone around David decided to prevent him from being exposed to more crazy ideas of experimentation. It´s a fact that at the time Bowie´s albums sales were going down and fans didn´t appreciate his change towards experimentation with ideas that were influenced by music of Kraftwerk, NEU! and Harmonia. He openly confessed being very interested in and impressed by our music. Anyway, after my talk with David, I received a phone call from someone in his management, who wanted to discuss money with me. I told him not to worry about contracts or money, as long as the music was good, the legal and financial stuff wouldn´t be a problem. I think my attitude scared the guy. The next thing that happened was that I received a phone call from an assistant to David who told me that I wasn´t needed in Berlin, that David had changed his mind. At the time I was very busy preparing my second solo album “Sterntaler” and enjoying the unexpected huge success of my first ‘Flammende Herzen.’

Grauzone bands like The Fall are huge NEU! and Can fans. DAF also recorded with your producer Conny Plank, and Camera were even part of your band at some point. Several other young bands like The Oscillation also pay debt to your sound. Are you familiar with these bands and do you keep track of new bands or new music? I played as Rother & Moebius together with The Fall at a festival in France in 2005 and we met and spent some time together there, which was nice. But unfortunately I´m not familiar with their music. Dieter Moebius is a big fan of Mark E. Smith and The Fall. I haven´t heard of The Oscillation but will check them out. To be honest, I´m usually too focused on my own work to be able to follow other bands. I enjoy silence at home most of the time. The last band that really got me excited is the Fuck Buttons from the U.K. We met at ATP in Australia in 2009 when they blew me away with their uncompromising music. Since then they still blow me away... Some bands take six months or longer to record. You guys were sleeping on the studio floor and took


two days to record one of the most influential records in music history. Is this a classic example of less is more? Why didn’t your label Brain give you more recording time? Nobody in 1971 or 1972 could foresee that our music would become so popular. We paid the studio out of our own pockets because we wanted to be independent. We didn´t have much money and so we had to finish the recordings in the available studio time. I didn´t enjoy the stress of the studio clock ticking away our time but this fact did make us focus and find quick solutions. It was like working on music while running at top speed. We were very lucky that we managed to finish the first NEU! album in such short time. As for NEU! 2, many people back then hated us for the experiments on the Bside. The experiments were the result of desperate actions which we had to jump to in order to be able to present something resembling an album. We had simply spent too much time recording the first side. On the other hand, it´s not guaranteed that having unlimited time to create music, like it is the case with affordable home recording gear these days, makes the results any better. There are definitely dangers to be aware of. I have to remind myself of these dangers regularly whenever I´m working on new music, like the film scores which I have created in recent years. You’ve been playing all over the world at festivals like ATP. Reviews of your shows say they’re absolutely stunning and blowing the minds of the

crowds. What can we expect from the Amsterdam show, and who’s playing in the line-up? My current live line-up consists of Hans Lampe and Franz Bargmann. Hans played drums along with Thomas Dinger (Klaus’ brother) on the B-side of NEU! ´75 and later was a member of La Düsseldorf. Franz is a young guitar player from Berlin who became known as a member of the Berlin based band Camera, with whom he recorded their first album. In recent years my live performances have been going really well. It´s so wonderful and rewarding to discover countries with music and to experience the reactions from crowds in different cultures. I won´t try to describe the music but I hope that the audience at Grauzone will feel the excitement and the joy which is at the heart of my music. Thanks Michael and looking forward to see you! We talked some more with Michael, and asked him, amongst other things, about a fax his NEU! bandmate Klaus Dinger sent to him, saying ‘lick my ass’. Read his answer on www.grauzonefestival.com/ interviewmichaelrother

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FRIDAY SYMPOSIUM DAVID STUBBS 19:00 We’re thrilled to have David Stubbs, British music journalist started at Melody Maker in the 1980’s and since then regularly writes for The Guardian, The Times, BBC, The Quietus a.o. His new book ‘Future Days’ is the definitive guide to krautrock and book of the year at Rough Trade, MOJO and Uncut Magazine.

JOHN ROBB 20:00 John Robb fronted the influential post punk band The Membranes. As a music journalist he writes for various newspapers and in 2011 he launched the independent music and culture website Louder Than Bombs. He has written several critically acclaimed books about the UK underground scene, including a biography of the Stone Roses and an oral history of Manchester’s music scene. At the Grauzone symposium he will do several live interviews with artists performing at the festival and talk about his career as a musician and music journalist.

KEVIN CUMMINS 21:00 Cummins was the NME’s chief photographer for over a decade. Revered worldwide as one of the finest music photographers of our time (Joy Division, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, The Smiths). He helped define the public image of Joy Division and is the author of the acclaimed book ‘Juvenes - The Joy Division Photographs of Kevin Cummins’ and ‘The Smiths and Beyond’. He received numerous awards and regularly has exhibitions throughout the UK and Europe.

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SATURDAY SYMPOSIUM & FILM MICK HARVEY 16:15 Australian songwriter, musician and producer Mick Harvey will attend Grauzone’s symposium, and will be interviewed about being a founding member of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, his solo career, and his collaborations with PJ Harvey and Rowland S. Howard.

LOOKING FOR JOHNNY 17:00 A new documentary and Dutch premiere at Grauzone. In 90 minutes this film follows Johnny Thunders career from the beginning in the early 70’s as a founding member of the highly influential New York Dolls to his demise in New Orleans, where he died under mysterious circumstances. Looking For Johnny is the definitive film about legendary guitar player Johnny Thunders.

VIV ALBERTINE 18:45 Viv Albertine was the guitarist of legendary post-punk band The Slits. She worked as a director for the BBC, and released several solo records. Recently she published her memoirs in ‘Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys.’ A tell-all account of what it was like being at the frontline of music’s most rebellious epoch. Viv will talk about it at the Symposium.

STEVE ZOUNDS – ZOUNDS DEMYSTIFIED 20:15 Early 2014, a book was published called ‘Zounds Demystified.’ Written by Zounds founder and songwriter Steve Lake. It contains personal anecdotes about the lives of the band members and their contemporaries on the UK punk scene. The book also delves into the background of their lyrics and explains the wider social context in which the band operated. Especially for Grauzone Festival, he will come to Amsterdam to be interviewed about the book and his experiences with Zounds.


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