OUT NOW: Solex Ahoy, a Soundmap of the Netherlands. Order here!
Solex goes ULTRA-eighties Because of the exhibition 'God Save The Queen' at Centraal Museum Utrecht, a lot of people join hands in order to relive the exciting period of 1977-1984. Solex will put in her two cents for the Amsterdam Underground!
26 feb: Hotel V, Amsterdam (between 4 and 6pm, Achievers-Lebowski)
01 mar: W139, Amsterdam (presentation book about ULTRA and magazine Vinyl)
07 apr: Solex with Plus Instruments Melkweg, Amsterdam
04-09-2011 Effenaar Eindhoven
07-09-2011 Tivoli De Helling Utrecht
08-09-2011 Vera Groningen
10-09-2011 Uit Festival Nijmegen
15-09-2011 Off Corso Rotterdam
16-09-2011 W2 Den Bosch
First reviews just in!
Yes, the overall effect is akin to a self-consciously cool 90s soundtrack written for a non-existent 70s cop show, but it’s one worth hearing. Vice
Verehrte Kollegen und Kolleginnen aus der Promo- und PR-Branche (...) könnt ihr bei der Gelegenheit gleich noch darauf achten, dass die Platten, die ihr mitschickt, nicht mehr ganz so scheiße klingen? Ungefähr so wie hier? Rockit Brotha
The album flaunts attitude and comes with bags of street cred. Tuneraker
New Solex vs. Cristina Martinez + Jon Spencer record
Amsterdam Throwdown King Street Showdown
Punk rock royalty Jon Spencer and Cristina Martinez have joined forces with Dutch electronic heroine Elisabeth Esselink, for the most exciting collaboration/confrontation since The Jetsons meet The Flinstones. Imagine if you will, a fisticuffs of funk, garage and soul between Captain Beefheart and Ike & Tina, with a sprinkling of hip-hop courtesy of Mike Ladd.
The triumvirate have created a sonic dilemma with Amsterdam Throwdown, King Street Showdown! Do you listen or do you dance? Whichever, you’ll have your shrink on speed dial as you contemplate whether it mocks Jesus to have this much fun, what with the apocalypse being just around the corner and all.Amsterdam Throwdown, Kingstreet Showdown! kicks off with the sugar-fix that is “Bon Bon”, a dirty, funky bastard of a concoction, complete with strings.
“Galaxy Man” is an outer-space go-go party with Link Wray’s corpse! “Dog Hit” is a tale of irresponsible pet ownership, as if told by sexed-up and AWOL philharmonic orchestra members on MDMA! “Aapie” is a tribute to our ancestry and invites us to unleash our inner monkey! As you can see, there is something for all tastes.
Throughout, Elisabeth Esselink has ingeniously fattened up a rich tapestry of cool, the perfect canvas for Cristina and Jon, who pepper-spray it with personalized lunacy whilst shrugging off the wannabes scrambling for their plinth.To wit: 3 pioneers. Meet them in the street after dark. There’s gonna be a psychedelic genre-bending knife fight. So don’t forget your scuba fins and get ready to dance! You lucky, lucky bastards you.
Solex wil open for legendary My Bloody Valentine on their one and only clubdate on may 25th. in Eindhoven. Order your tickets through The Effenaar
Solex wants everything! We hit the theaters with a show called Ik Wil Alles. More information here
24-apr, Munttheater Weert
15-mei, Krakeling Amsterdam
17-mei, Grand Theatre Groningen
27 sep, Agnietenhof Tiel
3-okt, Muziekcentrum Enschede
11 okt, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht (première)
16 okt , Meervaart Amsterdam
22 okt, Bijlmerparktheater Amsterdam
23 okt, De Vest Alkmaar
27 okt, Theater Geert Teis Stadskanaal
1 nov, Schouwburg Gouda
8 nov, LAK Leiden
15 nov, Schouwburg Arnhem
18 nov, Kruithuis Groningen
28 nov, De Regentes, Den Haag
29 nov, Harmonie, Leeuwarden
An audio-map of the Netherlands
This summer I am going to start a new project called Solex Ahoy. With an old motor boat I’ll sail through all twelve Dutch provinces accompanied by musician / captain Bart van Poppel. In every province we’ll pick up a few musicians (one by one) for an improvisation session that will be recorded aboard. Every musician is asked to improvise to a loop which will be heard on his/her headset. At the end of this trip I’ll be able to cut ‘n paste 12 songs out of these jams that will reflect the sound of every one of the 12 Dutch provinces. In that way you can look at it as an audio-map of The Netherlands. I’ve invited a wide range of musicians. A bunch of young but talented girls & boys and a few musicians who’s fame has already stretched to quite a few years.
Kick off is Monday August 18th and we expect to be back in Amsterdam October 1st. READ THE BLOG!
Solex makes new music and sound effects for Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf'. The whole thing will be performed live at cinema Kriterion in Amsterdam on March 20st. Everyones invited for this evening of fun and games.
Overeasy's Bang Your Buck is the 2nd release on Discmeister Records. Overeasy is actually Robert who used to play drums in Solex. You can check out some of his tunes -and become his buddy- on MySpace
Europe the new Solex record 'The Laughing Stock Of Indie Rock' will be
released September 13th on Discmeister. The record is licensed by Arena
Rock for the U.S (release Sept. 28th), Magnum Music for Taiwan and China,
and by Ultrapop for South America. Solex will be in the US in October
and November. Check soon for the exact dates.
new Solex record, titled 'The Laughing Stock Of Indie Rock' will be out
in september. In the US it will be out on Arena
Rock aka ARRCo. Yes it's a company! And it's bi-coastal
Download the song Low Kick and Hard Bop as played live at VPRO's
Club 3VOOR12. You might wanna check the other 19 acts on
this free MP3 cd as well.
the Solex Newsletter)
If you watch Dutch television and are into science, this is a should-see:
December 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27th at 18.15 on Net 3 a program called
It only lasts about 7 minutes and looks like some strange kind of music
video. The 3 main differences are:
1) I've compiled the music and recorded the sound effects & voices
2) the 7 minutes cover more than just one song, but it's not Pink Floyd.
3) the singer isn't a 30+ guy under a Christmas tree wearing a latex cat-suit,
but a kid that not only raps / tells you how to do a scientific trick,
but also shows you how to actually do it. It's amazing how well the music
of Aavikko, Yo La Tengo, Pes, Paul Barman, Sad Rockets, David Shire or
Messer fur Frau Muller goes with kids. Second:
A few weeks back I played with the Maarten Altena Ensemble on the nice
Border Festival in The Hague (NL). Apart from some Charles Ives and some
Solex songs we played a brand new 25 minute song called '1+1=11'.
This song has a somewhat different than usual history. Maarten Altena
is working as a composer for about 25 years now. I took everything he
ever recorded in his life and gave it the Solex-treatment. I cut it up,
pitched it up & down, sampled it and tossed it round and round, untill
I had a 25 minute song. After that Maarten orchestrated it back to the
ensemble so we were able to play it live as well. Big fun to make, but
rather nerve wrecking to play live. I don't think I can remember a single
minute of the whole gig.That's it for now. Have a great holiday with good
food & nice drinks and a happy new year. Next time I hope to write
you with news about at least two releases.
track for 5th anniversary 3VOOR12
The song is called 3 4 12.
the Solex Newsletter) Long
time no habla!
After the last intense tour (that took me ages to recover from) I took a
short vacation. Right after I started working on a new album. Now, almost
a year later I'm in the middle of the editing process which will take me
a 'little' more time.
As Bobby Zimmermann already knew: 'The times they are a changing'.
For some that means a new haircut, for others a new pair of pants or for
some people (that I don't know) a new Limp Bizkit record. For me it means
that my next record will be released on an other label. Yes, Matador and
Solex are no longer like Laurel and ...what was the other guys name again?
They're still huge fans and promised to buy my new record. I will truly
Then on with the happier stuff: I always loved Pavement, and so decided
to conTRIBUTE a song to a record called 'Everything
is ending here'. The double cd features some 30+ covers by
the likes of Quickspace, Fuck, Yuppie Flu, Tindersticks and Bardo Pond.
Truly a nice compilation (redux deluxe and dvd to follow in the near future).
April 20th DJ Set in Rome
Sorry, no live shows in the near future.