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compiled in that way before.” In essence, this new album allowed the band to cultivate a new life for old songs and present them to the world with a fresh perspective. Barman continues, “The other CD was based more on personal choice; there are some obvious tracks that we couldn’t omit like Suds and Soda, Instant Street, Hotellounger or Little Arithmetics – those are probably the ones that are most wellknown – and then we picked the other songs out by instinct.”
Perfect timing It is the ideal moment for Barman to stop and reflect upon the band’s musical legacy. “In the last couple of years we brought out two albums in a really short space of time, in 2011 and 2012, and toured on three continents. We needed a break, so it was the perfect time for us to release this as a bridge to the next album and to accompany it with a tour. It’s been twenty years since the first album so that gives it a good timely feel.”
The secret to survival Since dEUS released their acclaimed debut album Worst Case Scenario in 1994, the band have evolved both musically and in terms of personnel; to sustain a career over such an extended period of time required a number of line-up changes but the current members have collaborated together for ten years. Founding members and long-term friends vocalist Barman and multi-instrumentalist Klaas Janzoon enjoy a close working relationship with their musi-
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cal comrades drummer Stéphane Misseghers, bassist Alan Gevaert and guitarist/backing vocalist Mauro Pawlowski. While so many bands struggle to survive the ups and downs of their musical careers, Barman and Janzoon’s relationship has endured. “I think we approach things in different ways. We’re complete opposites. That’s one of the reasons we’ve survived and also that he is very instrumental for the sound of the band.” Barman laughs as he reflects, “I always say that every good band should be like the cast of The Godfather. You should have Marlon Brando, the godfather, pulling the strings, Sonny who’s the volatile character, Robert Duvall as the
insider/outsider and then Michael the responsible one. I think Klaas would be the godfather and I’m Michael. I started off as the well-meaning young idealistic person but I’ve turned into Michael.”
Upcoming tour Releasing this album also allows the band to re-introduce some classic songs into their live show that have been absent in recent years. Barman is excited to perform these for their fans. “We’re very much looking forward to the European tour because we’ll dig up some older songs like Hotellounge that we haven’t played for a long time to make a good eclectic set that reflects the album,” he concludes. This is a tour not to be missed.
dEUS EUROPEAN TOUR DATES 9 December Postbahnhof, Berlin 10 December Scala, London 14 December Doornroosje, Nijmegen 16 December Bataclan, Paris 17-18 December Paradiso, Amsterdam 19-21 December Cirque Royale, Brussels Tom Barman (left), front man of dEUS. Photo: Bernaded Dexters. Selected Songs – 1994-2014 by dEUS is available now on double CD and digital download.
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