STEIM and Moving Furniture present THU20

January 16th, 2014 8:30 pm 

STEIM and Moving Furniture Records team up to present a series of concerts showing off the experimental electronic musicians local and abroad. For this second edition we’re happy to feature the Dutch “super group” THU20 consisting of Jos Smolders, Sjak “DMDN” van Bussel, Roel Meelkop, Peter Duimelinks and Frans de Waard.

There will be no support act, as THU20 will be performing several sessions with breaks in between.

Date: Thursday 16 January, 2014
Time: 20:30 hrs. (doors open 20:00 hrs.)
Cost: €7
Location: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam

THU20 copy


In the early eighties Roel Meelkop, Sjak van Bussel, Peter Duimelinks and Guido Doesburg played in a post-punk band Club Rialto while Doesburg and Jos Smolders formed Delfsch Wormenkoor. One night Club Rialto was asked for a gig, but due to circumstances they had to abandon the rock beats and turned to drones and noise. Unexpectedly, the audience was raving and THU20 was born, named after the day they rehearsed for this gig. After a while Doesburg left, while Frans de Waard (Kapotte Muziek) got more involved, these days being the fifth member of THU20.  Starting out as live improv band rooted in the DIY home tape scene, THU20 later composed some works in the studio. The distinct difference between live and studio material is still an issue.
While NON, SPK, Throbbing Gristle, Nurse With Wound and Cabaret Voltaire come to mind when listening to the early work, soon, when guitar, bass and rhythm box disappeared, avant-garde composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaeffer became more important. THU20 hardly releases albums or plays live because all members have their own projects. Their recent double cd ‘Vroeg Werk’ on Monochrome Vision collects early live and studio recordings, and stresses their huge influence on the Dutch electronic music scene since the early eighties.
Although most of the time sluggish, THU20 is currently speeding  up with a new piece commissioned by GX Jupitter Larsen for the compilation ‘Zelphabet Vol. T’ and a new full length release.

Selective discography:
Elfde Uni (Midas Music, 1990 / Flenix, 1999)
Eerste Schijf (Midas Music, 1990 / EARlabs, 2003)
Derde Schijf (Staalplaat, 1999)
Tilburg (Korm Plastics, 2008)
Vroeg Werk (Monochrome Vision, 2012)