Last month saw the release of VUURWERK’s ‘G.R.I.P’ EP. To accompany it the band recorded an extended version of the title track and their friend and fellow Run Tell Secrecy member Tobi Jonson filmed a very special video for it.
Sadly shortly after filming took place one of the actors involved, Sander Vangansbeke, passed away and as both the song and video are focussed on death and coming to terms with grief there has been much debate about whether to shelve it entirely.
Having talked amongst the collective and with the families involved though the decision was finally made to go ahead with publishing the video and letting it stand as a tribute to Sander and to the collective of friends, artists, musicians, film makers and more that VUURWERK are part of.
“We dedicate G.R.I.P. in its entirety to S., and his loved ones” – VUURWERK, June 2015
Following a massively successful 12 months that saw them remix Bon Iver, Arsenal and School Is Cool, Flemish electronica trio Vuurwerk have signed to UK independent Lo Recordings, home to the likes of Luke Vibert, Black Devil Disco Club, The Proper Ornaments and the first British label to work with acclaimed US artist Grimes.
The band have spent much of the past 12 months working with a close circle of vocalists on their debut album and to mark the signing are giving away a new song ‘Wakening’, featuring the vocals of Belgian singer Climb X, who also guests on the band’s debut for Lo, the ‘GRIP EP’ due for release on blue 10” vinyl and digital in March this year (and featuring remixes from Houndstooth artist House of Black Lanterns and hotly tipped Swedish trio DNKL).
A busy month for the band, March also sees Vuurwerk make their Paris debut, playing live at the David Lynch designed Silencio club in Paris, where they will also premiere a new video the band have been working on in collaboration with up and coming Belgian fashion designers STUDIO KRJST. Following their Paris show the band will then head off to the United States where they have been invited to perform at the prestigious SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.
With the band’s debut album due later in 2015 Vuurwerk are fast establishing themselves as one of their countries most exciting new acts and in the words of leading US electronic music website Thump, “on a fast-track to becoming one of their nation’s notable exports”.
Watch the video for “Wakening” and download it for free below. Video directed by Tobi Jonson.