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4 Years Birthday Party #4

  • Magasin 4 Avenue du port, 51b Brussels, 1000 Belgium (map)

Enablers (us)

Enablers are an indie rock band from San Francisco, California which features the poetry/spoken word of Pete Simonelli

In addition to Simonelli, a published poet and writer who was working as a courier in the band's early years, the band's original lineup included Joe Goldring (guitar, formerly of Swans and Toiling Midgets and Touched by a Janitor), Kevin Thomson (guitar, Timco, Nice Strong Arm, Morning Champ, and Touched by a Janitor), and Yuma Joe Byrnes (drums, ex-Tarnation/Broken Horse, Touched by a Janitor). Enablers' first release the album End Note, released on Neurot Recordings in 2004. In 2006 they released the Output Negative Space album, described by PopMatters as having "a swagger that seems almost malevolent", and a split single with Redpanda. In 2007 they released the single-sided one track twelve-inch single The Achievement. In 2008 they released the Tundra album, a shared release between Lancashire and Somerset and Exile on Mainstream. The band's latest album is Blown Realms And Stalled Explosions, released in 2011. Doug Scharin, formerly of Codeine, HiM, June of 44, Rex, and Mice Parade, is now the band's drummer. 

Joy As A Toy (be)

If you miss Stereolab and Mr. Bungle—and I think we all do—then you owe it to yourself to give a listen to the Belgian threesome Joy as a Toy. The specters of those progressive pop geniuses loom over all three-and-a-half glorious minutes, from the angular start-stop rhythms, to the brassy freak-outs in the middle, to the vibraphones throughout which sound straight off Stereolab’s Emperor Tomato Ketchup. 

PoiL (fr)

Impressive and delirious, PoiL is lead by three musicians know not limitations and prohibitions. 

PoiL flow, dance and dash between the energy of punk, the beauty of chamber music and the chaos of a factory on the brink of explosion. 

The trio combines raw madness and virtuosity evoking thoughts of Frank Zappa, Frederic Chopin and Charlie Chaplin.

In the audience, the heads bang, the cries burst forth. Jubilant and stock!

Live Footage (us)

Live Footage is often described as some of the finest "surrealist soundtrack composers" in the making by scoring some of the most eclectic contemporary pieces in film, fashion, dance and in tune composing their own music.  The days of a "standard band" have come to an end, and Live Footage epitomizes the modern band to the fullest. Conceived through the art of improvisation, Topu Lyo plays a 5 string electric cello, incorporating the use of live loops and a handful of electronics with no pre-recorded samples of any kind, and Mike Thies plays drums and keyboards, often simultaneously.  This duo's formula is uniquely structured songs  that allow ample room for improvisation while keeping the music’s integrity.   The coherent complexity is what consistently wows new listener's ears away.  Plain and simple, they are cinematic, experimental, yet still catchy and melodic.  To define this Brooklyn duo's sound deems a broad answer.  Elements of Dub, and Hip Hop can be heard alongside influences of psychedelic post rock, and jazz.   They are equally at home playing  underground Brooklyn loft parties, as they are playing concert halls.  The NYC music scene has served as their platform for more than 5 years and audiences around the world have praised their work.   

DJ: Cha!Selektor (be)