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Live at Doornroosje

OS 021LP OS 021LP

Recordings of a stand-out gig at Doornroosje in Nijmegen (NL). By 1982, De Brassers had been playing in almost every small public space or squad in the area and logically they had gathered a cult following. Doornroosje was/is the club where underground music groups performed before they became well-known, especially in the '80s, which were an interesting period with Joy Division, Nick Cave, and many local punk/new wave bands hitting the stage. Here we find De Brassers at the peak of their powers performing "Pijn," "They Wanted Us Away," "En Toen Was Er Niets Meer," the Joy Division cover "Shadowplay" and six other raw punk/synth/wave tracks. Live, they sound even more real and raw. De Brassers are one of the most notorious bands in Belgian new wave/punk history. With their no-nonsense attitude, they scared the shit out of the local Catholic community of Hamont. De Brassers were a local mixture of the Sex Pistols (in the lowest gear) and Joy Division, combining a criticism of bureaucracy and politics with experiences of psychological and existential tensions. The doomed sound they produced tells a lot about the dark atmosphere of the late '70s and early '80s: the fear of atomic bombs, Cold War pessimism, police violence against squatters, the first cases of AIDS, and the grim years of Reagan and Thatcher. Pressed at Handle With Care and housed in a matte-varnished cover sleeve. Mastered by Anders Peterson. Edition of 300 copies.