About

The Weak And The Strong

anything between plain songs and soundscapes

Solo artist The Weak And The Strong (1999, Rotterdam NL) experiments with various sounds. Expect anything between plain songs and soundscapes. Words in English, Dutch and sometimes even German. Driven by “the ghosts in his head” and inspired by Michael Gira, Joy Division and Velvet Underground.

The Weak And The Strong played many shows in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and England, including radioshows and venues like Paradiso (Amsterdam) and Bibelot (Dordrecht), but also small theaters, bars, cafes, art-exhibitions, livingrooms, and basically any sort of stage you can think of.
The Weak And The Strong supported various bands, like De Kift (NL), Cradle FC (NL), Miss Anthropy (UK), jd meatyard (UK), Calvin Party (UK) and Lina Paul (GE) and, besides all this, reached the finals of bandbattles ‘Grote Prijs van Zuid Holland’ and ‘Hou Je Kop Luisterpop’.
The Weak And The Strong also performed shows together with musician Selma Peelen and poet Menno Smit: the RAU!-project (2012-early 2014). They played major summer festivals Oerol and De Parade and numerous other Dutch venues were played.
In January 2015 the video ‘Blakermat’ was released. The short art film (by visual-artist TUHBA) accompanies a Dutch poem written by Johan Visschers. The video consists of footage shot by The Weak And The Strong and TUHBA plus historical footage of Rotterdam.

Currently The Weak And The Strong and Selma Peelen are working on the Mankes-project (www.mankesproject.nl): focussing on music and a blend of art, poetry and all kinds of creative forms.

During live-shows the basic, pure, raw and intense songs are performed by just a voice and a battered acoustic guitar and more recently (and depending on the occasion) the sound on stage seems to change by the use of an electric guitar and effect-pedals…

Releases:

  • “DANCE!” (LP / Inner City Grit Records UK / 20 September 2010)
  • Bristol Bootlegs (live EP / Inner City Grit Records UK / 1 February 2010)
  • Extended Play (EP / Inner City Grit Records UK / 9 November 2009)
  • Various live recordings on MP3 and cassette-tape (1999 – present)

Please feel free to download your copies (fans set price!) of “DANCE!” and/or Extended Play. Physical copies of any of the mentioned releases, please visit Sounds For Sure.

What others say:

“Sent a shiver down my spine, intimately honest.” – Miss Anthropy
“Total raw emotion being beaten out of a battered acoustic guitar.” – PJ Photography
“A powerful acoustic performer. Think Tom Waits meets Michael Gira.” – Mike Smith (ICG Records)
“Echoes influences from Mark Lanegan, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash.” – Marco Polo (Avacate)

And whilst you’re here anyway, you might be interested in the FREE DOWNLOADS of the Inner City Grit-compilations (featuring rare and previously unreleased tracks of The Weak And The Strong plus other cool artists).

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