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2012 : Freaksville Record : The Loved Drones : The Tangible Effect Of Love.

"The Tangible Effect Of Love" by The Loved Drones.
Released : November, 2012 (Belgium) and February, 2013 (UK, Germany, France) on Freaksville Record.
The Loved Drones' official website : http://www.theloveddrones.com/

 

• The Loved Drones : The Tangible Effect Of Love.

Acheter le CD (10 titres) sur le site de Freaksville Record.
Buy the CD (10 titles) on Freaksville Record website.

Track-list :

01. The Tangible Effect Of Love (3'22")
02. Red City (7'17")
03. Cosmic Memories Feat. Emmanuelle Parrenin (6'56")
04. Love Interlude (2'38")
05. The Hindenburg Omen (7'18").
06. Easy Love Feat. Rockhausen (4'35")
07. Psychotic Educational Sex TV (4'54")
08. Romantic Giallo (8'13").

Credits :

Recorded and mixed by Maxime Wathieu at X.Y.Zèbres, 2011/2012.
Overdub recorded at Freaksville Lab, 2012.
Flute recorded by Sabino Orsini and Jean-François Hustin at Studio MPL, Liège, 2012.
Mastered by Gilles Martin at Farside Studio, Paris, 2012.
Produced by Benjamin Schoos for 36 Cowboys.

The Loved Drones :
Benjamin Schoos : analog synths, ARP Solina, Fender Rhodes, guitar, muted bass.
Brian Carney : Jupiter 8, Nord Lead.
Jampur Fraize : electric guitar.
Marc Wathieu : 6 and 12 strings electric guitar.
Pascal Scalp.Schyns : bass.
Jérôme Danthinne : drums.

Our tangible guests :
Man From Uranus : Theremin, synth on 2,3,5,6,7.
Emmanuelle Parrenin : harp on 1, vocal on 3.
Daniel Offermann : vocal on 4,8.
Jean-François Hustin : flute on 2,7.
Georges Hermans : Wurlitzer on 1, Fender Rhodes, ARP Solina on 6,7.
Chris Cerri : Fender Rhodes on 5.
Sabino Orsini : Fender Rhodes on 3,5,8.
Calogera Marotta : Bass on 2.
Domgue : Sax on 8.
Melody Moreaux : vocal on 8.

Merci à Clément Boulland, Solange Fechner, Ulule et tous les souscripteurs.

Design : www.scalp.be
Photo : François Mercier

Release date Belgium : november, 2012.
Release date UK, Germany, France : February, 2013.

Production : Freaksville Records.
Label : Freaksville Records.

Distribution Benelux : COD&S.
Distribution UK : Shellshock.
Distribution SPAIN : Green UFOs.
Distribution GERMANY : Indigo.
Distribution FRANCE : La Baleine.

Catalogue number : FRVR41
Barcode : 5 425023 010983

The Loved Drones

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About :

You can say what you like about the mainstream rock of The Killers, but the question they ask in their song Human: "Are we human or are we dancers? ", may well leave its mark on the history of pop music. In its own way, the new Loved Drones release on Belgian label Freaksville sidesteps this question, exploring a world a long time abandoned by man: with its soaring, instrumental and metronomic pop, this album is made for robots who want to rattle their booty on the dance floor. Initially conceived to pay tribute to Krautrock – a genre continuously revered over the last 10 years – during the course of recording sessions, "The Tangible Effect of Love" morphed into something more sentimental and ultimately has more in common with Brainticket's long psychedelic tracks than the repetitive grooves from the likes of Neu! and other German rock figureheads of the 70s, although the use of flute is a subtle nod in the direction of Kraftwerk's first LP.

Freaksville has grow into one of the stalwarts of Central European Garage Rock and, with five long years of in-depth electronic research under their belt, The Loved Drones have taken the label in a new direction, if not radical, at the very least fresh.

After stripping down rock with the group Ufo Goes UFA, tarting up pop with Marie France and Lio and revamping song writing with the scathing lyrics of cowboy Jacques Duvall, now it's plan B time for Phantom, the sumptuous backing band who have lent themselves to all these previous projects. Time for a more electronic journey with synths leading the way and humans playing second fiddle; time for The Loved Drones.

The Loved Drones compose almost on automatic pilot and on this first album, there is a flavour of modernism that evokes futuristic teenage nightclubs of the next decade. Inspired by cult Library Music (Alain Goraguer's "La Planète Sauvage", Dario Argento soundtracks by Italian prog rockers, Goblin), the music of these strange Loved Drones flirts with romanticism right from the opening number, Tangible, a long Jazz Rock, genetically modified track where Fender Rhodes, frothy harmonies and Krautrock rhythms intertwine. The rest of the album follows suit. It's indefinable yet very precise and alternates tracks where a keyboard adopts the role of lead singer (Redcity) and others that create the impression that John Carpenter has turned his hand to erotic fiction (The Hindenburg Omen).

After so many years spent accompanying others like Damo Suzuki, Stereolab and Laetitia Sadier, it seems that these accomplished musicians are now ready to emerge from the shadows and stand on their own two itchy feet.

Two English freaks in love with synthesizers (Android 80 and Man From Uranus), the fabulous George Hermans on Fender Rhodes, Jean François Hustin on flute and special guest Emmanuelle Parrenin (70s underground experimental folk icon from the group Topaze), The Loved Drones are led by Benjamin Schoos whose most recent album "China Man Vs China Girl" met with substantial success in the UK.

Very much a first in the history of the label, The Loved Drones have no singer. Yet "The Tangible Effect of Love" retains Freaksville's ambition and objective to expand its empire from Liege to London via Berlin. With all these factors in mind, we can return to our original question: Are the Loved Drones human or are they dancers? According fellow Belgian freak Arno they are neither: "Fuck, these guys are European above all".

À propos :

Noyau dur du label de rock underground belge Freaksville Record, Les Loved Drones sont nés sous la houlette du producteur Benjamin Schoos (Miam Monster Miam) à l'occasion de l'enregistrement de l'album "La Femme Plastique" enregistré à Londres en 2010.

Auparavant baptisés "Phantom", Les Loved Drones ont accompagné depuis 2006 des figures cultes de la pop (Chrissie Hynde, Lio, Marie France, Jacques Duvall) ou de l'indie rock anglo-saxon : Kramer, Jad Fair, Leatitia Sadier (Stereolab), Mark Gardener (Ride).

Pour la première fois, le groupe enregistre un album instrumental au studio X.Y.Zèbres à Huy (Belgique). Riche de nombreuses influences, le répertoire des Loved Drones explore un mélange original, mixant des sonorités krautrock et fuzz-garage aux accents psychédéliques. L'intro de l'album, hantée par le fantôme d'Alice Coltrane et de sa harpe, n'aurait pas déplu à Klaus Schulze ou David Axelrod.

Videos :

The Loved Drones feat. Emmanuelle Parrenin : Cosmic Memories.

From the forthcoming Loved Drones album "Tangible Effect of Love" on Freaksville Record, Belgium.
Video by MFU and Bella Basura.
Direct links : http://youtu.be/xcg47fnq1YI

Live :

2013 :
26.01.13: The Loved Drones : Huy [B], Atelier Rock.

2012 :
20.11.12: The Loved Drones : Saint Helens [UK], Zoo Bar.
20.11.12: The Loved Drones : Saint Helens [UK], Saatchi Gallery Art and Music, University of Blackburn.
19.11.12: The Loved Drones : Liverpool [UK], Mello Mello.
18.11.12: The Loved Drones : Manchester [UK], Dulcimer.
17.11.12: The Loved Drones : Bristol [UK], The Stag And Hounds.
16.11.12: The Loved Drones : Leicester [UK], Donkey.
15.11.12: The Loved Drones : Cambridge [UK], The Corner House.
14.11.12: The Loved Drones : London [UK], Dusk Til Dawn.
27.10.12 : Benjamin Schoos and Laetitia Sadier : Louvain-la-Neuve [B], Ferme du Biéreau, D6bels RTBF.
07.10.12 : The Loved Drones with Damo Suzuki's Network : Liège [B], Festival Les Heures inD, Caserne Fonck.
27.09.12 : The Loved Drones : Charleroi [B], Rockerill.

Flickr : The Loved Drones - UK Tour 2012.

Press Pictures :

Photo : The Loved Drones by Pascal Schyns, 2012.

Cliquer sur la vignette pour voir sa version 210 X 313 mm 300 DPI (s'ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre).
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© Pascal Schyns.

Links :

http://www.theloveddrones.com/
Freaksville Record : The Loved Drones : The Tangible Effect Of Love.
Freaksville Record : Miam Monster Miam & les Loved Drones : La Femme Plastique.
Flickr : The Loved Drones.
Flickr : The Loved Drones - UK Tour 2012.
Facebook : The Loved Drones.
Discogs : The Loved Drones : The Tangible Effect Of Love.

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