Expanding on their ever surprising and always challenging sound and live presentation, Amenra will be playing an unique acoustic set a few days before they headline Desertfest.
Taking place at London’s Bush Hall the performance extends the celebration of Amenra‘s 20th anniversary and their ethereal heaviness in all it’s forms.
Founding member CHVE had this to say about their upcoming appearances: “Two decades of friendship brought us here. In this time, this place, of sublime gratitude, we all found solace in our sound; and are still around. It’s hard sometimes to look back – the moments of happiness we shared and those moments that broke us – through thick and thin; above anything I feel grateful. Grateful towards all band members, towards all people that stood and still stand by us throughout the years, thats why we want to celebrate it with you. We realise that what we have is special, maybe one of a kind. That is why we want to celebrate it with you and thank you for helping us persevere. Throughout the year we will do a select amount of specially chosen shows, and these will be one of those moments where it all comes together – where we all come together – and persevere.”
Reminder as well that Desertfest are playing host to not one, but two special sets celebrating Amenra‘s contributions to ethereal ambient sounds. In addition to their Saturday night headline performance, on Sunday at The Underworld, we bear witness to a more intimate project; CHVE x Syndrome. As Amenra’s two founding members, Colin H. van Eeckhout (vocals) and Mathieu Vandekerckhove (lead guitar) have a long history of working together musically, though, as with any great artist, both eventually desired an outlet for solo material; thus were born CHVE (Eeckhout) and Syndrome (Vandekerckhove) respectively. More delicate than their combined efforts, and both with a heavier leaning into the droning tones, CHVE & Syndrome have created legitimate masterpieces (See Rasa and Forever and a Day for clear evidence of this) whilst treading their own personal paths, producing music which is good for the soul.
Amenra also reveal an important curated event occurring in their hometown Gent BE at the Vooruit arts centre. Amenra have invited friends and artists that have inspired them along the way (dance, performance art and more featuring the likes of Olivier de Sagazan, Pan Daijing, Body of Reverbs, Giselle Vienne, Alos, Meg Stuart..) also including a contemporary dance piece CHVE and Mathieu Vandekerckhove have written the music for – tickets and further info here.