2 years after the release of their astounding second album USSR 1926 (a soundtrack to the silent movie A Sixth Part of the World by Dziga Vertov, 1926; released via Kapitän Platte [EF, IMMANU EL]), instrumental cinematic post rock maestros WE STOOD LIKE KINGS are back with an excellent new live session, documenting their spine-tingling performances of the closing track “Volchovstroy”, and “Machines”, coming from their latest record “USA 1982“. Recorded in a living room in September 2017, just before they started the USA 1982 release tour, the project is a completely DIY production recorded, mixed, mastered and edited by the band’s bass player Colin Delloye. Today, we’re proud to give you the first listen of “Volchovstroy”, a live performance hat removes any lingering doubt that this qurtet is a very special artist worth being on your radar in 2018.
The session was recorded during a weekend spent in a very old house built back in 1769 situated in the village of Habay-la-Neuve, in the south of Belgium, near Luxemburg.
It’s my father’s house where I grew up. It has a special atmosphere, very thick stone walls, you can almost feel the presence of all people who have inhabited it in the last 250 years.
It’s very nice because we can use the grand acoustic piano, which really gives a great feeling to the piano parts.
We love to go there to write new music and it’s in that very same living room that we finished writing the new album last January, before entering the studio. We were surrounded by snow and basically did nothing except practice and compose all day. So that place has a special meaning for us and that’s why we automatically thought about it when we decided on doing a live session.
We also wanted to make a session without the usual screening of movies that’s become a trademark of We Stood Like Kings.
Basically just focus on the music that’s being played and nothing else.
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We Stood Like Kings are: Judith Hoorens, piano; Philip Bolten, guitar; Colin Delloye, bass; Mathieu Waterkeyn, drums.