ALWAYS ENJOYED DOING THINGS MY OWN WAY
by [mxp] (translated by me)
To an outsider, it probably looks as if
Colombus would, with the coast of Guanahan in sight,
decide to turn back to Portugal, cought in a moment of madness or being
dEUS-guitarist Rudy Trouvé is quitting the job. After an impressive
tour across Europe’s biggest festivals and venues, wildly enthusiastic
commentaries in the most diverse places, a contract deal with Island,
ànd the prospect of a musical career, only considered possible some
years ago by the most mad and naïve Belgian musicians, Rudy Trouvé
calls it a day. Before you start shouting out loud ‘Lock ‘m up!’:
listen to his story.
It was no longer a healthy situation for me. I live for music. I believe
in music, because of music. And it started growing to become a chore. I
got sick from the thought we had to start working on new songs soon, to
play them continuously the next year. I just want to make music. I can’t
stand all that touring very well. During the past year, I almost had no
time at all to do the things I really enjoy doing. It was a tough
decision. I’ve thought it over for a long time, but when I summed up
all the arguments, the only thing for me to conclude was that it would
be better to quit.
See, I’ve always enjoyed doing things my own way. I never liked
thinking ahead of things. I’m working with the most diverse things;
painting, writing, making music, video,… anything I can think of.
I realised my life was planned into detail for me, I knew precisely what
I was going to do for the coming year. That didn’t match my way of
working, my character.
Things are going good with dEUS. But that’s not necessarily good for
me. I’ve always been more interested in bands which are messing about
in the margin. Big bands have never interested me, and now we’re
heading in that direction ourselves.
But I’ve had a good time though. This life has it’s good moments,
but after a while, it loses its charms. All you can see is annoying
things. You have to play the same songs every night over and over again,
you have to fulfil a lot of expectations…I can’t do it any more.
We’ve known for a while now Rudy didn’t want this anymore. We’ve
kept it a secret for as long as possible. And that was for the better,
it bothered me horribly. Now I’m over it. We’ve got a new guitarist,
Craig Ward, a good friend of ours we’ve worked with in the past. All
the rumours about an upcoming split are completely false. We’ll simply
There were nó musical differences of ideas. Rudy just thought it was
all to much. He doesn’t like doing things he doesn’t want to do. He
wants to do his own stuff, I can understand that.
It takes a lot of effort to keep yourself up in this world, to endure
the pushing and pressure.
Craig and I will soon start working on new songs. In november and
december, we’ll start rehearsing with the whole band. The new album
will be released early next year. I think it’s all very exciting. The
prospects are looking good. We’ve got the potential and the
possibilities, now we’ve got to prove we can make something out of
Remarkable detail; Craig Ward, the new (Scottish) guitarist of dEUS,
posed in '93 as a joke with the band, photographed by Gie Knaeps. In the
words of my old geometry teacher; the circle is complete.