Valnoir
Thursday 21 March 2019

LAIBACH

19:30 Doors open
20:30 Start Laibach

The controversial Slovenian music group Laibach is coming to the Netherlands. The band, which was founded in 1980, describes their music style as ‘totalitarian pop art’. On their first albums there are mainly Laibach versions of pop classics that also feature elements from Nazism and Stalism. A concept that was picked up and worked out in the 90s by bands like Rammstein. But in the 80s this often causes problems for the band. For example, in former Yugoslavia this led to canceled performances and even the band name was forbidden, because Laibach means the German word for the city of Ljubljana. But the band does what the band wants, and two years later the band – albeit anonymously – was in Ljubljana.

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Soon the band will release a new album called ‘The Sound Of Music’. An album that results from a concert in North Korea. It seems an unlikely choice, but actually very clever, because in Korean schools English is taught with these songs. You will hear ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Maria’ completely different.

De muziek van Laibach valt meestal te omschrijven als experimentele Industrial met een bombastisch militair marsritme, de kenmerkende bromstem van de zanger en een flinke dosis kitsch.

Frank Gesink voor writtenmusic.com