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title of album; A Guide to the Music of the 21th Century

label; Acid Soxx

release date; march 2009


PERFECT VACUUM is a cooperation between singer Dave Marsh and Lukas Simonis. The two chancers originally met sometime in the 80’s on Rotterdam's mainstreet the Coolsingel where they both played at a street festival. It was actually Lukas’ first ever gig and the main thing he had going for him was throwing rotting chickenbones at the audience while trying to dodge the rotten onions (a Dutch delicacy) the audience threw back. Dave, in those days, was shacked up with a female mud wrestler who also played the bass very loud. He looked very humble back then and mumbled a lot. Lukas and Dave got chatting and became firm friends. The same evening they found themselves jamming with a bunch of psychotic squatters – the music explosive and ecstatic until Dave’s girlfriend arrived, kicked down the door, grabbed Dave by the scruff of the neck and dragged him off back to the UK and obscurity.

Let's skip the 20 something years in between and arrive once again at a bar on the Coolsingel. It’s England vs France - football that is - 2004 European Championship. Lukas glances out the door and who happens to be shambling past but his old buddy-bud Dave Marsh.

After a game that ended with admirable sufficiency for England, and after sharing a huge meal of that Dutch delicacy – rotten onions - Marsh and Simonis determined to make a Science Fiction record together, a disc in the style of Nostradamus or Old Moore’s Almanac but predicting what would happen to popular music in the 21th century. Not surprisingly, Lukas and Dave had the idea to call their record ‘A guide to the music of the 21st Century’.

Embarrassingly, the project seemed to take forever. After two years of studiowork, 169 songs with a total length of 123 hours, they decided it was time to make up their minds. And they did. Sort of. The full recordings will be released in the year 2012 but this CD is the perfect appetizer.

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Upon their return to the UK back in the 80’s, Dave’s wrestler girlfriend moved to New York where she took up bodybuilding while Dave got a job in a garage. He was only too happy to leave the music business behind.

Meanwhile, Lukas did the opposite. His bands and projects are as numerous as the toes on a multi-toed statue. To name but a few - Dull Schicksal, Trespassers W, Morzelpronk, Coolhaven, Liana Flu Winks, VRIL, Pierre Bastien, Static Tics, Apricot My Lady, Faces/Tijdlus, AA Kismet, Kodi & Pausa.

 

For Europe; buy it here!

€ 13,- transport included (for more copies, send us an email first; z6records@xs4all.nl)

 

For USA & rest of the world, go to the ACID SOXX website