Coolhaven + Rooie Waas + Het Fluwelen Koord + Shht
WORM’s Avantgardistic State brings you four bands form the low countries for free.
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De Player’s summer time out has ended. The Babi Flakka event celebrates Coolhaven’s new 10inch vinyl release ‘Rode Pruik’, which contains comic book-style artwork by De Rondos’ Johannes van de Weert. A release party about the Rondos and Tändstickorshocks in a deluxe Nederhop with live performances by Coolhaven, Fluwelen Koord, Rooie Waas, and SHHT. In collaboration with WORM.
Rotterdam’s celebrated dada-pop act Coolhaven will present its new 10inch vinyl release entitled ‘Rode Pruik’ which boasts comic book-style artwork by Johannes van de Weert. Coolhaven is “a flexible group that flows in a realistic-capitalistic manner if needed and dries up where fluid is redundant.” Johannes was a cartoonist in the Rotterdam punk and squatter movements of the 1980s next to being the vocalist of the influential Rotterdam-based punk band De Rondos (1977 – 1980). He started self-publishing comic booklets in the late 1970s and famously created the ‘Redrat’ character for the fanzine ‘Raket’ in 1980, which soon became an icon for the squatter’s movement. At this special release party Coolhaven will perform covers of both De Rondos and Tandstickorshocks, as ‘Rode Pruik’ is a reworking of old hits from both bands. According to Coolhaven’s Lukas Simonis, “The reworking is done with a Gabber feel, which suited those songs like a glove”.
Rooie Waas roughly translates to “seeing red”. They are an Amsterdam-based abstract Nederhop trio that makes use of raw, strobe-like noise particles, oblique synths, concrete bass-heavy beats and deceptively simple lyrics that might rub some people the wrong way. Can you dance on this? You’re the judge. Rooie Waas = Gijs Borstlap, Mikael Szafirowski and Gerri Jäger.
Het Fluwelen Koord
These four No Wave dandies prefer playing with their flutes over wetting their brushes in their painting studios. Fluwelen Koord is one of the latest additions in the Ultra Eczema camp; Belgium’s backbone for unclassifiable music and sound art. Basically, this is a bunch of ill-bred art students being caught with their pants down, trying to channel their weird and wonderfully crude sound to the audience as good as they can.
This event’s underlying ‘Dutch-Belgian Freundschaft’ vibe is highlighted further with Ghent’s Shht. This band plays a sort of weirdo pop that is much beloved south of the Dutch/Belgian border. Some have proclaimed them as the new Evil Superstar. Goodness.
This event is part of Kunstavond, the weekly art event organised by Kunstblock; the name for the collaboration of the art institutes in the Rotterdam Art Quarter: CBK Rotterdam, MAMA, TENT, V2_, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and WORM. Kunstblock is founded to ensure the collective promotion of the institutes’ events for greater visibility and impact. Education is also an important element of the programme. The special Art Evening “XL-edition” marks the opening of the cultural season and shows you the versatility of contemporary art in Rotterdam in one night: from fine art to music, from performance to photography, film and much more.