In 2019, Sound in Motion invited Yves De Mey for a surprise act during the Summer Bummer festival. Unexpectedly, De Mey suggested a project with Gino Coomans (Sheldon Siegel) on cello and Louis Evrard (Ottla) on drums, both musicians with experience in various fields. They closed the festival with a stunning performance in De Studio’s Rotonde. The audience as well as the musicians were hungry for more. De Mey, Coomans and Evrard baptized their band Grid Ravage. Despite the corona restrictions, they played different venues: Het Bos in Antwerp, Ancienne Belgique in Brussels and again the Summer Bummer festival, first as part of an online edition in 2020 and then as headliner in 2021.
In December 2020, Grid Ravage entered the TRIX studio for their first album. All ingredients of their organic live performances are there: the moods change from restrained and misty to grim and menacing, and then back to silence, ready to build up tension again. The three instruments seem to merge into a natural unity, in which none of the musicians takes up a leading role. As Yves De Mey himself put it in an interview with Subbacultcha: ‘We don’t have fixed songs, but we do have certain patterns we start with, and from that the rest of the music evolves. This process was also the basis for the band’s name: you start with a grid, and end up with a ravage!’
Impressed by this unique trio from the very beginning, Kurt Overbergh (AB Brussels) invited Grid Ravage for a show at AB’s BRDCST Festival 2022, on April 10th. The ideal occasion for the band to present their debut release for Dropa Disc.
Grid Ravage review (in Dutch) for Enola by Guy Peters.
Grid Ravage review (in Dutch) for Humo by Herbert Struyf.
Grid Ravage review (in Dutch) for Gonzo Circus magazine by Stijn Buyst.
DROPA DISC #013
LP (incl. download) – Edition of 300
Release: 10 April 2022 (shipping as of April 11th)
Gino Coomans: Cello
Louis Evrard: Drums
Yves De Mey: Electronics
Recorded by Jasper Jan Peeters At Trix Studio, Antwerp December 2020
Mixed and mastered By Yves De Mey, Antwerp February-May 2021
Design & Layout: Pascal Cools
All At Trix
All texts: Wim De Beuckelaer
Text edit: Guy Peters