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Riot in Belgium, After The Jump & Bang Gang Deejays

by David Bruno

Riot in BelgiumAs you may have heard by now, a bunch of fantastic bloggy folks (one of whom is writing this article) banded together to throw down for charity at Studio B on Saturday August 25th.

The After the Jump Festival is an all day affair, organized and curated by 20-plus bloggers here in NYC. A mythical performance by Spectrum (ex-Spacemen 3) is the capstone of the FREE daytime show, and then the night show starts off with bands like Free Blood (who feature a now-ex-!!! member), and then quickly turns into a full on rave. Put on some UFO pants and a smiley face shirt, and do the bang gang dance. Get your tickets here.

There’s gonna be a Riot in Belgium.

I’m more than excited to be sharing the DJ booth with Australian DJ duo Riot in Belgium. Bennie and Joel are part of the rising wave of fantastic Australian dance music. It seems everyone down under is pairing up and making nutso rave tracks…

Together as Riot in Belgium, they are responsible for some of the most peaktime stormers of the past year. You’ve probably heard “The Acid Never Lies“, or their storming hit “La Musique“. I think I heard someone listening to it on the subway this morning.

You’ve also heard their remix work for Yelle, Surkin, Sneaky Soundsytem, K.I.M. (1/2 of the Presets), Headman, and soon Chromeo. Headman was so taken with the boys, that he released “The Acid Never Lies” on his stellar Relish Recordings label, and it’s about to be re-released with remixes from Sinden and Relover.

Separately, Joel also puts out fantastic music with Tim from Cut Copy as Comets, and Bennie is part of the crazy Sydney based DJ collective the Bang Gang Deejays – WHO, are also touring the United States and playing a show or two in NYC very soon.

More info, music, and tour dates, below….

ProductShop got Riot in Belgium to answer a few questions, and as soon as they stop playing ping pong and answer my questions, I’ll have my own interview up for you as well.

The Bang Gang Deejays recently signed to Modular – finally, after four years of stroking each other’s…popularity. Poke around their BG website or their blog, and get a whiff of the crazy glue they’re sniffing. They also just put out the sound of now Light Sound Dance mix CD worldwide on Modular.

Bang Gang Deejays
Bang Gang Deejays

Bang Gang Deejays – 2007 Tour Dates
Monday, Aug 20 – San Franciso @ Mezzanine – Robot Rock Party *
Tuesday, Aug 21 – Los Angeles @ The Roxy – Modular/IHeartComix Party – RSVP *
Friday, Aug 24 – San Diego, CA @ Beauty Bar – Feel the Noise Party
Saturday, Aug 25 – Los Angeles @ The Standard Hollywood (Daytime) – Modular Pool Party – RSVP
Thursday, Aug 30 – Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone – Saturday/Thursday Party
Friday, Aug 31 – Tampa, FL @ Czar – Pulp Party
Tuesday, Sep 4 – New York City @ Mr. Black – DJs Are Not Rockstars Party
Thursday, Sept 6 – New York City @ 200 Orchard Bar – Modular Monthly Party – RSVP
Friday, Sept 7 – Baltimore @ Sonar – Taxlo Party

* w/ Riot in Belgium

And speaking of Aussies, Institubes just put out the awesome new Midnight Juggernauts record Dystopia. I think one of the tracks is the free download of the week on Itunes.

Check out this hilarious Bang Gang Biography penned by Mylo

If I could sum up these fantastic kids in one word it would be (IRONIC). Six straight boy’s that run a party that is an absolute celebration of gayness (IRONIC) not to say the music isn’t wicked, the soundsystem loud, the club dark, the girls oh so cute and the boys even cuter.

It’s just really really gay.

I’ve played there a few times and it has been some of the funnest times of my life. Jumping up and down to nu school modern rave, with six of the most out of control kids looking like they have never been so in control, playing just their favourite music to what it seems like is their best friends in their living room. To say it would be one of the best club nights in the world would not be true. IT IS the best nite in the world. It is just fucking amazing. The club has been going now for 2.5 years now, it started at a wicked little club called the Moulin Rouge (my first aussie gig) and has now moved on to its spiritual home the louder darker and dirtier club 77.

The kids have had a whirlwind of a touring schedule too, not as bad as mine but bad (meaning good), having supported everyone in what I call the kool klub (overskilled and underpaid) or in some cases underskilled and overpaid. shhh i didn’t say that. Tiga, Soulwax, 2manydj’s, Jaques Lu, Cont, The Scissor Sisters, Damian Lazarus, Ewan Pearson, Felix The Ratcat, Captain Comatose, Tiefshwarts, blah blah….. *AND* also been the most fucked up part of any festival; Good Vibrations, Field Day, Splendour in the Grass (12 hours in the tent in 05 being the highlight), Future Music, blah blah blah.

The monthly Bang Gang at Honkytonk’s is psychaledic, I lost my mind at that one, and Mike Delaney has to be the coolest of any cat.

All the kid’s are are making music too, Riot in Belgium (Damage and Joel) “the acid never lies” is pure fuckin sickness. One of Tiga and 2manydj’s biggest tunes right now and everyone else is fast catching up with stuff that’s just as loud and nearly as good. It wont be long till im out of a job! Mix c.d’s coming out of their assholes mashed 2 on m.o.s charted in oz at #4, Ajax has produced more mix’s than the whole of london put together (and there is a series planned for later in the year).

Thats about all I can think of now, but do yourself a favour, go check it out, get wasted, cum, sweat, kiss boy’s, kiss girls, kiss yourself, if you never done it before try fucking in the bathroom, get lost in the rave, leave in the morning a new person, with a new person, and have wet sweaty wasted sex… then come back next week and do it again.

mylo xx

See you at After The Jump. –David

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