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SH.TG.N is the reunion of a six-pack of Belgian musicians from different musical backgrounds: jazz, classical and rock. It was founded in February 2009 by eclectic musician and keyboardist Antoine Guenet (who in meantime has joined another MoonJune Records' artist The Wrong Object), with the intention of bringing together all the music he loves, in a fun, extreme, and energetic way. The plan was to just let it all out.
SH.TG.N is also a statement. They are clashing all the uniformity in today's music, do what they want with no restrictions at all, and say it all loud! And that's just what they do. Vibraphonist Wim Segers, bass player Dries Geusens and drummer Simon Segers joined him for this tour-de-force.
At the beginning the songs were just a few seconds long, highly humorous, shotgun bullets. Right before their first gig in their hometown Ghent, Belgium, they were joined by guitarist Yannick De Pauw, which gave even more power to their sound. Slowly the concept evolved and songs got longer, more intricate, but kept all their bullet-effect.
Later, they were joined by long-time accomplice Fulco Ottervanger on vocals. Composing a few new songs, writing lyrics, and giving a voice to the freedom scream of SH.TG.N, he brought the last ingredient to the mad professor's formula. This explosive chemistry resulted in this live debut album for MoonJune Records. Made without cheating, no overdubs or edits -- just the raw live sound of SH.TG.N. It is a concentration of the dark, violent energy of metal, with the challenging and exciting structures of contemporary music, and the freedom of jazz. The artwork says it all: colorful, exciting, with strong contrasts and a playful darkness.
released June 19, 2012
ANTOINE GUENET: keyboards, vocals
FULCO OTTERVANGER: lead vocals
WIM SEGERS: vibraphones
YANNICK De PAUW: guitars
DRIES GEUSENS: bass
SIMON SEGERS: drums
All songs by Antoine Guenet, except Tracks 6,9 & 11, by Fulco Ottervanger. Arrangements by SH.TG.N.
Recorded Live at La Legia, Liege, Belgium. Recorded by Xavier Muller, on December 1, 2011.
Mixed by Jean-Guillaume Teheux and Antoine Guenet.
Mastered by Jean-Guillaume Teheux.
Album artwork by Zoé Jusseret.
Produced by SH.TG.N.
Executive Producer: Leonardo Pavkovic
a tour-de-force of vocal artistry - an exquisitely-crafted sound palette - replete with elaborate harmonies, interlocking rhythms, and a panoply of globe-spanning musical influences Antoine Guenet & Susan Clynes
a simmering sonic bouillabaisse, chocked full of choice ingredients which delectably merge to blur the lines drawn by traditional genres - delightfully teasing the palette Antoine Guenet & Susan Clynes