Punk big band sums it up better than I possibly could, though really the rock aspect is more broad than just punk. I found this gem thanks to Olga. Highly recommended!
Favorite track: Fuzzhound.
This is a very unconventional collaboration of 2 groups. MannGold has 2 guitars, bass and 2 drums, De Cobre is the brass section with 8 horns. It'll be sufficient to add that De Cobre is led by Peter Vermeersch, the leader of Flat Earth Society & dEUS, and we'll get a clear picture of everything )) It is the great 13 piece punk big band with a powerful sound, which rumbles between jazz, rock, kraut, noise, film noir, trance and God knows what else ))) Very impressive, very intense stuff.
Favorite track: A Fistful of Sauerkraut.
Manngold de Cobre's debute album: wild, energetic, tight and with a strong focus.
Recorded with the whole band (13 piece) playing live in a CBGB style studio, with no later embellishments. Tribal repetitive mayhem (2 drums), the horn section sometimes hitting as hard as the MC5-ish guitars, as well as cosmic Sun Ra arrangements and healing scapes as Davis' In A Silent Way. Add some proto space punk and noise and you're in for something really really unique.
Some bands are just born to put the stage on fire. The energetic instrumental quintet MannGold (lead by Rodrigo Fuentealba) is one of them. Influences from minimalism and punk to krautrock and free jams merge into an eclectic blend that seduces and inebriates the audience. Add to that an eight-piece horn section (lead by Peter Vermeersch) and you have a thrilling energetic orchestra that surprises you with its tribal rhythms, powerful brass section and roaring guitars. The music grabs you from the first second and doesn't let you go until the last tone. This is the band that kicks ass as much on a jazz festival as on a rock festival.
It was a challenge to capture the wild energy and unwavering focus for a studio album. Thanks to he use of a no-nonsense approach in the Vantage Point studio this was largely achieved. The debut album of MannGold de Cobre is everything an album must be: clenched, powerful and wild but tight and with a strong focus. Recorded with the whole band (13 piece) playing live in a CBGB style studio, with no later embellishments. Tribal repetitive mayhem (2 drums), the horn section sometimes hitting as hard as the MC5-ish guitars, as well as cosmic Sun Ra arrangements. Then softly the music moves into cosmic healing scapes such as Davis' In A Silent Way and caresses our senses for it to break free again into endless thundering sections that combine primitive rock 'n' roll with proto space punk, noise and sexy psychedelics. Because of this coctail, MannGold de Cobre is something really really unique.
Guitarist Rodrigo Fuente Alba is a Gent-Chilean who has played with Gabriel Rios, Arsenal, Novastar, Motek and Fifty Foot Combo. He also is engaged in more experimental and free improvisation enclined projects with colleagues such as Bert Dockx, Mauro, Steven de Bruyn, Kapotski, Bart Maris, Teun Verbruggen...
Peter Vermeersch, the leader behind Flat Earth Society, is also composer, clarinetist, saxophonist and producer in the rock environment (dEUS, Madensuyu) and composed for danse and theater (Wim Vandekeybus, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Dito'Dito, Walpurgis, Radeis and Josse De Pauw). He also writes music for the Arditti Quartet, Prima La Musica, the Smith Quartet and recently for the Spectra Ensemble.
The rest of the musicians come from very different horizons: Intergalactic Lovers, Tuxedomoon, Arno, Kowlier, Arid, Gabriel Rios, dEUS, Fifty Foot Combo, Mauro, Brussels Jazz Orchestra and many more.
"Quatre étoiles, oui. Parce que cet album m'a cloué dans mon fauteuil. J'étais abasourdi. Non pas par le bruit (il faut faire jouer ça fort), mais par la pulsation, l'énergie, la dynamique infernale de ce groupe, qui ne masque jamais cependant la subtilité enthousiasmante des arrangements. Prenez MannGold, un quintet avec une guitare, deux basses et deux batteries. Ajoutez huit souffleurs. Et ça donne ce supergroupe imbattable : MannGold De Cobre. Sur l'album, c'est déjà incroyablement bon. Qu'est-ce que ça doit être sur scène ?..." Le Soir - Jean-Claude Vantroyen
"De titelloze debuutplaat van MannGold de Cobre is alles wat een concert is und muss sein: gebald, krachtig en wild, met zowel bronstige blaaspartijen die herinneren aan Sun Ra, een massieve geluidsmuur waarin de blazers al net zo hard beuken als de gitaren, alsook kosmische scapes à la In A Silent Way waarin wordt gezalfd en gestreeld, en eindeloos voortdenderende secties die primitieve rock-'n-roll en proto punk verenigen met sexy psychedelica. Uniek."
"Wow- such intense, ambitious stuff. Really dug it." - Marc Ribot
"MannGold de Cobre, de dertienkoppige band van Rodrigo Fuentealba en Peter Vermeersch, slaat gensters." - Knack Focus
"wow! cool music with cool video!! how long is this track? i hope it'll be infinite..." - Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mother Temple)
released July 15, 2015
Rodrigo Fuentealba - guitar
Karel De Backer - drums
Matthias Standaert - drums
Bruno Coussée - bass
Philipp Weies - guitar
Peter Vermeersch - tenor saxophone
Dree Peremans - trombone
Peter Delannoye - trombone
Mattias De Craene - tenor saxophone
Luc Van Lieshout - trumpet
Hans Bossuyt - trumpet
Kwinten Mordijck - baritone saxophone
Peter Verdonck - baritone saxophone
Sound: Patrick Van Neck
Production: el NEGOCITO Records & Rodrigo Fuentealba
Graphic Design: Mario Debaene
Screen Printing: Smeraldina-Rima
Photo: Caroline De Meyer