24 febbraio 2011

Con cinque concerti danzerecci in Olanda e Belgio ha debuttato dal vivo il quartetto Vril (Chris Cutler, Bob Drake, Alan Jenkins e Lukas Simonis), annunciando entro breve la pubblicazione di un dvd con quindici film realizzati da altrettanti autori sulle musiche di Effigies In Cork e The Fatal Duckpond.
Un paio di estratti dal concerto di sabato scorso a Bruxelles si trovano in Vimeo.

Vril was originally a studio project, instigated by Drake, Simonis & Cutler. After making their first album of instrumental guitar rock (inspired by 60ties surf/instrumental bands like the Shadows & the Ventures, but not with the vintage touch to it that a lot of 'surf' bands have nowadays) they asked English surrealist writer Frank Key to come up with the meaning for all that. And Frank did. He invented a story & the names of the songs. Then Vril made another album, two years later. And Frank did it again. Both albums were recorded and mixed at Bob's studio in the south of France. For the second album they were helped by the swiss musician Pierre Omer on guitar. So now there were two albums but until now no public performances whatsoever. Then - after reading the sleevenotes about the Ulm award - Lukas thought it might be a good idea to really ask people to make films to the music (not in a videoclip kinda way and not the other way round). So now we've asked 15 film-makers to come up with a film that belongs to a Vril song, the idea being that there will be a Vril dvd with films & music.