Bert Dockx (guitar) Frederic Lyenn Jacques (bass / keys / electronics) Steven Cassiers (drums / percussion / electronics)
Dans Dans is the utterly unique musical collective featuring Bert Dockx (frontman of the acclaimed Flying Horseman), Frederic Jacques (bassist for the great Mark Lanegan and himself a formidable songsmith and singer under the Lyenn moniker) and Steven Cassiers (a sought-after instrumentalist who has collaborated with the likes of Dez Mona and DAAU). They take the long tradition of twangy guitar-slingers mixing blues, jazz and early rock and; roll to a whole new level, creating a gothic stew of brooding melodies and voodoo rhythms. Since their debut in 2012, the trio has been astounding listeners with music impossible to pin. Instrumental, atmospheric, hypnotic, delicate and wild: Dans Dans tirelessly construct their own musical universe and time and again demonstrate why they are one of the most intriguing bands currently working today. Miss them at your peril.
"Teasing hesitation, then an explosion of splintering guitar as the door gets kicked in." the Quietus
HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO
Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen (guitar) Ellen Brekken (bass) Ivar Loe Bjørnstad (drums)
Comparing musicians to forces of nature is often the first refuge of the uninspired, but it's difficult to know how else to describe Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen. There's something elemental about her guitar playing, the way it weaves and swoops between the bass of Ellen Brekken and the drums of Ivar Loe Bjørnstad, creating sonic currents and eddies in the air as she passes through Since 2009 the Norwegian three piece has steadily released album after album to critical acclaim, meshing the boundaries between jazz, rock, throw-back, and sludgy blues. Live, their performances are something else; expansive moments, full of rhythmic textures, backed by the tight, kicking rhythm section.
"The guitar playing is explosive but focused, and the cohesion within the band is