sophisticated underwear on a short vacation

tom barman
klaas janzoons
julle de borgher
stef kamil carlens
danny mommens
rudy trouvé
tim van haemel
craig ward
short discography [full discography]

worst case scenario (1994)
my sister=my clock (1995)
in a bar, under the sea (1996)
the ideal crash (1999)

dEUS 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.
The album was released all over Europe, and several attempts were taken to invade the British isle. While incredibly popular with press and a niche audience, dEUS somehow couldn't entirely translate the rave reviews into big record sales. The music was brilliant but confusing, not straightforward and thus not easily marketable. Especially in northern Europe, dEUS wasn't as popular as expected, while southern countries as Portugal, Greece and Israel did fall for dEUS.
The band toured all across Europe, but their biggest successes were scored, predictably at the homefront.
Two more singles were released from the album: 'Via' and 'Hotellounge'.

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.
The band did keep on touring extensively however, trying to force a breakthrough by playing live in every club and festival that was willing to bill them. A semi-official bootleg of three concerts was released, called 'A Hard night's daze'.
Being on the road too much made Rudy Trouvé homesick, and he decided to leave. Playing Suds & Soda every night in exotic places, wasn't nearly as much fun as messing about on four-track at home, with his five other bands.
Rudy's last gig in dEUS was at Lowlands, August 26th 1995. Craig Ward was soon found willing to fill up the gap Rudy had left behind.

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.
A teaser single for the album was 'Theme From Turnpike', an absolute beast of a track, which was based upon one single disturbing sample.
Two weeks prior to the launch of the album, second key member Stef Kamil Carlens announced he would follow Rudy's footsteps, by leaving the band to focus on his own band, Moondog Jr.
Danny Mommens (from The Sexmachines) was soon attracted as replacing bass player, but couldn't quite replace Stef in terms of creative input in the band.
Nevertheless, august 1996 was 'In a bar, under the sea' released, and it was a far more diverse, with Zappa-esque jumping from one style to another. Still a thrilling album, quite possibly dEUS' finest to date.
The single which had to accompany the album was 'Little Arithmetics', a beautiful poppy song which even managed to make it to the UK top 40 charts.
Despite two more brilliant singles, 'Roses' and 'Fell off the Floor man', that 30-something spot in the chart was the best they could obtain. While the dEUS fanbase slowly but firmly grew, it was still only a minor, niche audience which would fall in love with the band and its music.
The band started touring, and throughout 1996 and 1997, they played over 160 times, including a few live collaborations with reputed musicians as Morphine, PJ Harvey and Girls Against Boys.

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.
The band had high hopes for 'The ideal crash'- this album was expected to finally force the international breakthrough the band now wanted so badly. In the end, it still didn't. Why it didn't is still a big mystery- dEUS sounded as accessible as ever with the new album, but it seems that still was no guarantee for success.
dEUS did an intense tour across Europe during 1999, for which Tim Van Haemel (ex-Evil Superstars, Millionaire) joined in the live line-up. Another unofficial bootleg was made and released, called 'Freak Show'.
In November 1999 with just a handful more gigs to do, dEUS did three last gigs in Brussels. In the first of them, Craig Ward, Danny Mommens and Tim Van Haemel left the stage for the encores, and Rudy Trouvé and Stef Kamil Carlens joined Tom Barman, Klaas Janzoons and Julle de Borgher for three songs- the 'original' dEUS was re-united.

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.
dEUS will start working on new material late 2001 at the earliest, with a possible fourth album summer 2002.
Rumours are currently circulating concerning a possible split up of the band, but those are of course nothing but pure speculation.

For a more complete and better written biography of dEUS, visit Arthur's  I suffer rock.
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