April 16th, 2012


Cold Charleroi

Coming from a (not-completely-post-)industrial area, I often wonder why it never spawned something like Manchester or Detroit did.

That's why I'm happily surprised, if not relieved, to read that we had one (1!) cold wave band around Charleroi.

They were called SIC, and they've just been dug up from the ashes of the local factories by Dark Entries, an US label that specialises in underground 80s music.

There's an interview in English: http://www.darkentriesrecords.com/?p=1985
Et une en Français: http://www.lavenir.net/article/detail.aspx?articleid=DMF20120416_00146134, où on apprend que William Dunker (qui fait maintenant du "blues wallon") fut à une époque leur bassiste sous le nom beaucoup plus dark-friendly de Wilhelm Dünker. Les "Doubles slaches" de Sttellla y ont aussi fait un passage (décidément!).

The band's own Francis Pourcel has a few tracks on his Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/fransix7/videos?view=0
and you can also hear bits from the re-release on Soundcloud http://soundcloud.com/darkentriesrecords/sets/sic-thought-noises/