STORY OF ANGELS DIE HARD
In 2011 the 3 members of Angels Die Hard met for the first time at the Moroccan Zoo in Rabat right in front of the cage of the last living ‘black-beaked unga dunga’. While talking to each other they found out that they share a passionate love for exotic birds.
As a notorious underground make-up dealer, Thomas was in Rabat looking for a rare dark coloured mascara, while Rob was there studying the habits of the black-beaked unga dunga. Alex however, being the son of Morocco’s biggest Jetski club owner, who in the late 60’s served as an extra in the biker movie “the wild angels”, had no reason to be there at all.
While watching two Asian falcons mate, they started to talk intensely about wrestling, thai food and head injuries. They ended up playing all night on found instruments in an abandoned snake pit.
Some songs on the album are a tribute to Alex’ father’s biker movie past. Other songs are evocative of Thomas’ strange travels deep into the dark heart of Asia searching for the perfect mascara. And if you listen very carefully to the record you might discover some field recordings of long thought extinct birds made by Rob in the jungle of Ceylon.
” cols=50 rows=30>“A pure balalaikian bitches brew, unwieldy, frenetic and frantic, its shape shifts with acutely cute angular poise dashed upon skin prickling art pop posies”. LOSING TODAY
“Fuses kraut-funk with touches of old school metal, Klaus Dinger percussion meets Deep Purple” – RWFF MUSIC
“Les Baxter meets Happy Mondays” – MONOLITH COCKTAIL
“Les Baxter meets Happy Mondays”
“The soundtrack to a late night on the lash with Mick Farren in late sixties Ladbroke Grove or Max’s Kansas City” – GREEN MAN
“Het auditieve equivalent van een Mexican standoff, met de bijstand van onder Elko Blijweert en Rudy Trouvé.”
“Wij kunnen niet anders dan concluderen dat Angels Die Hard een goede, bij moment zelfs heel goede plaat op ons hebben losgelaten. We hadden al Condor Gruppe die in dezelfde filmische stijl grossieren en we hebben er nu – alhoewel ze een ander geluid hanteren – Angels Die Hard bij.” (****)
(CUTTING EDGE) 08.01.2014
Unga Munga – promo video directed by Mark Rietveld
Alex Van Herk (Black Denver, Strumpets) played synthesizers, bells and harmonica.
Rob Eelen (Black Denver, Strumpets, Wilderwolves) played drums, conga’s, bells and percussion.
Thomas Noppe (Bad Influence, Zen Torpedo, Gore Slut, Ow, Strumpets) played guitars, thai khaen and mouth harp.
Guest musicians – Elko Blijweert on theremin and Rudy Trouvé on melodica.
Recorded in 4 days in the Cozy Borrey studio’s in Antwerp, by Elko Blijweert and Jan Stoop.