August 28, 2020

Labasheeda: Status Seeking

Amsterdam based art-punk band Labasheeda are back with a new album after a 5 year pause. Status Seeking is an eclectic, yet coherent set of songs that goes through hills and valleys (sometimes even within the space a single song). There are not that many bands in The Netherlands that feature a violin or even a viola, but it is a safe bet that they are familiar with Soviet Sex and Hospital Bombers (engineer Jan Schenk was in it back in the day).

Raw tenderness is captured in a hectic, but melodic, maze of music. Lead singer Saskia van der Giessen glides up and down the scales, improvising her parts as the band keeps throwing curve balls, with guitarist Arne Wolfswinkel acting as both Thurston Moore and Joey Santiago. Fans of the Au Pairs, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and the Sugarcubes can pick this up before hearing a single note.

Saskia van der Giessen: vocals, guitar, violin, viola
Arne Wolfswinkel: guitar, bass, Hammond M3, Fender Rhodes
Danielle Pijpers: backing vocals
Edwin Slothouber: drums (# 1-6)
Luca Fiandri: drums (# 7-12), bass (# 10, 12)
Bas van Waard: cello (# 9-11)

Status Seeking is a self-released album. Buy it (red vinyl - 350 numbered copies with hand silk-screened sleeves, digital) from their website. Release date: September 4.

  1. Dark Dream
  2. Reunion
  3. Interruption
  4. Elusive Girl
  5. False Flag
  6. Crossing Lines
  7. Clouds
  8. No Guarantees
  9. The Adversary
  10. Uncomfortable Objects
  11. Infralight
  12. Novelty

Live date:
  • 09/05 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Cinetol
    (album release show - support: BUG)


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