Zwerm – Badminton in Tehran
A3. Bob’s Infinite Household Appliance Groove
A5. Badminton In Tehran
B1. Der Groove
B2. Mabok Laut
B3. Having A Tendency To Routine
B5. Inclined To A Narrow Way Of Live
Zwerm has never strived for a one-sided artistic profile. During the past ten years the quartet dallied between pure noise-impro, English renaissance music and contemporary composed music. The common denominator being not so much a particular stylistic view but rather a shared curiosity, Zwerms projects typically start with the question: ‘what would happen if …’
Badminton in Tehran started with the question: ‘what would happen if we would worked with grooves for a few months?’ After that, anything was allowed. We created an online space where each one of us could drop our personal demos, which could then be used freely by the others. Within a few months a primordial soup of beats and grooves and little snippets of text was created. And once we started the recording sessions with producer Rudy Trouvé this served as the raw material out of which 10 new songs were crafted. Badminton in Tehran is Zwerm’s first record in which all tracks are composed by Zwerm and it grooves like a Rube Goldberg-machine – DIY and slightly irregular.
Zwerm is an electric guitar quartet based in Belgium and founded in 2007. Over the years the group has collaborated with various composers, performers and visual artists. Their first cd called The World’s Longest Melody was mentioned by The Wire Magazine as ‘an obvious contender for album of the year 2010’. They gave concerts in the UK, Europe, Mexico and the United States at major festivals such as Holland Festival, Ruhr Triennale, Ultima Festival and venues such as The Barbican Centre in London, deSingel, Handelsbeurs, Bimhuis… In 2012 they received the Klara award of the Belgian national classical radio station Klara.
They collaborated with many artists including Fred Frith, Mauro Pawlowski, Larry Polansky, Eric Thielemans, Yannis Kyriakides, François Sarhan, Stefan Prins and Serge Verstockt. Zwerm has never strived for a one-sided artistic profile. During the past ten years the quartet dallied between pure noise-impro, English renaissance music and contemporary composed music. The common denominator being not so much a particular stylistic view but rather a shared curiosity in all kinds of music. In May 2019 Zwerm wil play a concert at The Barbican Centre in London.
One of the best 10 records of the week, according to De Morgen
“Wie bands als The Ex kan smaken of, pakweg de platen op avantgardelabel Unsounds, aarzel niet!” De Morgen
“Fantastische Plaat” 4 **** De Standaard
“This Heat, Pere Ubu, Pierre Bastien en Red Krayola zijn de sterren, maar grooves doen ook mee. Groovy betekent trouwens ook routineus: dat is Zwerm dus allerminst. 4*** Humo
“An obvious contender for album of the year,” blokletterde The Wire in 2010 over The World’s Longest Melody, het album met muziek van Larry Polansky waar Zwerm aan meewerkte. Woorden die terug van stal gehaald mogen worden voor deze klepper. Of toch voor wie beschikt over open oren.” – Enola
Grillige gitaarverkenningen. – Dansende Beren