Premiere: Stef Kamil Carlens returns to pop music with ” The Journey Will Be Long

In march, Stef Kamil Carlens his first solopaat Stuck in The Status Quo. On you can the first single premiered already listen to: “Flat populism works.’

Stef Kamil Carlens © Lalo Gonzalez and Eva De Gols

The flag should be out and the bells should ring, because Stef Kamil Carlens makes pop music. After Big City, the most recent songsplaat of his band Zita Swoon of 2007 and again, sought Carlens and his colleagues, the confrontation with theater, dance and visual art. In the current theatre season, this resulted in among other things The Ballad of Erol Klof, folklore, and Nothing That Is Everything, a tribute to dadaism.

“But the instant gratification of a pop song writing is still enjoyable’, says Carlens and so he comes on 10 march at the stuff Stuck in The Status Quo. A solo album in all meanings of the word, according to the former dEUS bassist: ‘When Zita Swoon I wrote songs with the group in mind, we gave them together to form. For this album, I have most of the arrangements up yourself.’


The first single from the album is called The Journey Will Be Long, a manifesto against populism. ‘Beautiful people when they’re calm (…) it won’t be long / before it all goes wrong’, sings Carlens. Although the actual sounds, the number is already eight years old, he says: “I wrote it in 2008, when the crisis is already permanent in the air. A specific reason was not there, the news just came in at me and piled on to the had to get out.’

‘If the election of Donald Trump, one thing proves, it’s that flat populism works. Ditto for Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, and the brexit. Each piece of negative campaigns.’

Carlens played most of the parties on the record itself, but collected for the accompanying tour with a great band around himself. In that band, also the lady who appears in the clip of The Journey Will Be Long, harpist and singer Alma Auer. “She is just like me straatmuzikante, so I came to her,” says Carlens. Continue on the payroll: double bass player Nicolas Rombouts (ex-Dez Mona, Guido Belcanto), keyboard player Nel Ponsaers (Golden Gloves) and Zita Swooner Wim De Busser, drums and keys combines.

Stuck in The Status Quo will appear on march 10.

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