Ghinzu

Ghinzu

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A maelstrom of sounds and emotions. As though “Mirror Mirror” by Ghinzu was a hybrid music score, somewhere between Apocalypse Now, 2001 – A Space Odyssey, and Clockwork Orange. Powerful, frontal, subtle and fractal songs and compositions, all hot and burning like molten lava.

Biography

In eight years, the heroic Belgian rock formation Ghinzu has grown up, matured, and emancipated.

Now, it gives us ‘Mirror Mirror’, an ambitious third album devoid of concessions and in which the band is completely liberated.

Already armed with a steel personality at the image of 2002’s « Electronic Jacuzzi », their first, personal and contemporary album, the Brussels band polish it with « Blow » in 2004. This second album sells a record 100,000 copies and will serve to impose Ghinzu abroad, especiallyin France, as well as in their homeland. Ghinzumania has begun. A sound and a style assert themselves. Between flights of piano and bleeding guitars, the elegance that characterises them is always there.

Ghinzu plays amazing gigs wherever they go. In 2005, the band, under the leadership of John Stargasm, is established as one of the circuit’s best live formations while still managing to cultivate its mystery. It is not unlikely to find them in a little bar they love after a sold-out concert or after heading a summer festival, just to carry on partying... The ‘Blow’ tour will end on 13 June 2005 in a Homeric concert at Paris’ prestigious Olympia.

Since then Ghinzu has spent the past three years affirming, polishing, sculpting and drawing on a palette of uncensored emotion: “Mirror Mirror”. ‘We wanted to try to find sounds that suited us in terms of arrangements’ explains John. ‘We worked with peripheral and satellite labs. And we really enjoyed loosing ourselves in a studio, putting sounds one on top of the other without succumbing too much to the music trends of the moment. We wanted to renew ourselves. That was our ultimate goal…’

And indeed, John Stargasm, Greg Remy, Mika Nagazaki, Tony « Babyface » Poltergeist and Jean Monte are completely rid of any hang-ups as they are back in business with this twelve-song third album strong in powerful, frontal, subtle and fractal songs and compositions, all hot and burning like molten lava. In this rich and complex record, über-pop ‘Take it Easy’ rivals with the emotional ‘Mother Allegra’, which is carried by black and white touches. In this insane and innovating record, the thundering ‘Mirror Mirror’ challenges a viciously dirty ‘Kill the Surfer’.
There is no limit to Ghinzu’s audacity, as testify both the quirky, surprising and humour-filled ‘Je t’attendrai’ and the 6-minute instrumental and ambient trip appropriately entitled ‘Interstellar Orgy’.

The assumed schizophrenia of “Mirror Mirror”, would not have seen the light of day without the relentless work and contribution of Christine Verschorren (Ghinzu…), Dimitri Tikovoï (Placebo) and Nick Terry (Klaxons) who all guided, in different ways, this maelstrom of sounds and emotions. As though “Mirror Mirror” was a hybrid music score, somewhere between Apocalypse Now, 2001 – A Space Odyssey, and Clockwork Orange.


Released in March 2009 in Benelux and France, "Mirror Mirror" reached number 1 in the national charts in Belgium and was Top 10 in France. The band played most of the important festivals in Belgium, France and Switzerland (Rock Werchter, Les Vieilles Charrues, Eurockéennes, Paleo Festival, Pukkelpop...) and played a sold-out gig at Zenith in Paris (capacity 5000) in october 2009.

Their song "Dragster Wave" was used in the blockbuster movie "Taken").

The album "Mirror Mirror" will be released in the UK on March 29th 2010.

Discography

3 albums : "Electronic Jacuzzi" (2002), "Blow" (2004), "Mirror Mirror"(2009).
Many singles - most significant or recent : "Do You Read Me ?", "Dragster Wave" (from the soundtrack of the movie "Taken"), "Cold Love", "Take It Easy".

Set List

Mother Allegra
Mirror Mirror
DreamMaker
Cold Love
Take it easy
Dragster Wave
Do you read me
Chocolate
Blow
Kill the surfers

45 minutes set (can go up to 90 min)

Covers : Twist and Shout, I Wanna Be Your Dog