julle de borgher
stef kamil carlens
tim van haemel
|short discography [full discography]|
was the band Rudy got famous with. Founded somewhere in 1991 by frontman
Tom Barman, Rudy wasn’t at all in the original line-up.
In the very earliest days, dEUS was a cover band playing Velvet Underground, Violent Femmes and Leonard Cohen songs.
The band line-up went through some radical changes, and gradually they developed their own songs. Early 1992, dEUS was Tom Barman (vocal/guitar), Stef Kamil Carlens (bass/vocal), Mark Meyers (guitar/vocal), Klaas Janzoons (violin/keyboards) and Julle de Borgher (drums). The band entered the HUMO Rock Rally contest, in which they made it to the finals.|
The band had been working on a few demo's, and plans arose to release a first single, 'Zea'. Mark Meyers however decided to leave the band, and by fall 1992, the gap was filled up by Rudy Trouvé.
The brains behind X-Legged Sally, Peter Vermeersch and Pierre Vervloessem could be persuaded to produce dEUS' single, and by mid-1993, Zea was released. The Belgian music scene was a bit stale at that time, and dEUS came as a welcome fresh breeze. Humo magazine even described it as the best thing to come from Belgium in decades.
After Zea's release, the band began work on their debut album, again with the Vermeersch-Vervloessem duo in production.
Preceded by the energetic and downright brilliant single 'Suds & Soda', 'Worst Case Scenario' was an equally wonderful masterpiece. As a debut, the album was incredibly promising, indicating dEUS had a merged dozens of influences into a unique synopsis of their own. Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Velvet Underground, Pavement and a pinch of Zappa and Tom Waits. It seemed dEUS could invade the world with their music.
In between the tours across Europe, the band compiled an EP, containing tracks from the band members seperately. My Sister=My Clock', while arguably a terrific disc, only added to the great confusion present in the audience. It was highly eclectic, inaccessible and bizarre, and a sign dEUS wouldn't adapt themselves to the taste of mainstream Europe, just to score success.
Early 1996, dEUS stopped touring, and started work on their 2nd album. Eric Drew Feldman was attracted this time as producer, and several guests had their moment on the cd, including Rudy Trouvé.
In 1998, the band withdrew itself for nine full months in a hotel/studio in Spain, to work on the 'difficult' third album.
Released March 1999, ‘The Ideal Crash’ was a far more accessible album than the first two, with more soft and
harmonic melodies, and less chaos and distortions. To some it was their
best yet, to some it was a true let-down. Either way- Rudy Trouvé and
Stef Kamil Carlens’ departures had a great impact on the sound dEUS
produced on this album.
After the tour, it was decided dEUS be on hold for at least a year. Playing the same songs over and over again had demanded its price, and dEUS needed a period of rest, and having some fun again. In February 2000, on his turn
Craig Ward left dEUS as well-also fed up with the constant touring and
pressure. A replacement hasn't been found yet, as the band has no intensions to start playing again soon.
Julle De Borgher and Danny Mommens are currently doing their 'thing' in Vive La Fête, Klaas Janzoons currently has a 'normal' job as bartender, and Tom Barman is working on a film, and performs solo & acoustic from time to time.
For a more complete and better written biography of dEUS, visit Arthur's I suffer rock.