Billions of Comrades

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Belgium’s Billions of Comrades, the  winners of the Concours Circuit 2012 competition, generate a noise that openly flirts with rock and electronica, cutting dense, asymmetric structures from which their instrument’s organic sounds merge with those of the Tenori-On (the sequencer favoured by the likes of Bjork and Emilie Simon).

Their songs hit hard; the direct and energetic compositions are lifted by Johnathan Manzitto’s voice, which evokes comparison to Robert Smith, and Luke Jenner of the Rapture.

Emerging from the Brussels DIY scene, the four comrades have sought creative partners driven by the same sincerity that guided the creation of their debut album. Gilles Mortiaux (Joy Toy / Attica) was entrusted with helming production, while the talents of illustrator Gabrielle Fabry were conscripted for the record’s art work.

GRAIN was released on Black Basset Records on 3rd December 2013 as a limited edition (300 copies) blue record vinyl. Artwork by Gabrielle Fabry.

Rondate Was released on 29th of October 2016 as a limited edition (195 copies) yellow piss record vinyl. Artwork by Charlotte Bergue

RELEASE – BBR012 – BILLIONS OF COMRADES – « Rondate »

RELEASE – BBR001 – BILLIONS OF COMRADES – « Grain »

Upcoming shows

  • 18/03/2017 – Ecaussinnes (BE) – Festival Arc-en-Musique
  • 30/03/2017 – Beauraing (BE – Beauraing is not Dead festival

Past shows

  • 12/11/2016 – Braine-le-Comte (BE) – Festival Nova
  • 11/11/2016 – Lausanne (CH) – Centre Culturel Café du Soleil
  • 10/11/2016 – Metz (FR) – La Face cachée
  • 29/10/2016 – Tubize (BE) – Antistatic (album release party)
  • 22/10/2016 – Silly (BE) – Le Salon
  • 30/08/2016 – Bruxelles (BE) – Maison des Musiques
  • 23/07/2015 – Paris (FR) – L’International
  • 01/06/2015 – Ghent (BE) – Café Vidéo
  • 02/05/2015 – Dunkerque (FR) – Les 4 Ecluses
  • 19/04/2015 – Rennes (FR) – Le Jardin Moderne
  • 18/04/2015 – Compiègne (FR) – Le Bon Coin
  • 17/04/2015 – Beauvais (FR) – Le Chaudron Baveur
  • 21/02/2015 – Brugge (BE) – Snuffle
  • 20/02/2015 – Lille (FR) – El Diablo
  • 07/02/2015 – Braine-le-Comte (BE) – Discovery Box Festival
  • 03/01/2015 – Ghent (BE) – Kinky Star
  • 27/12/2014 – Marche-en-Famenne (BE) – Prison de Marche
  • 11/12/2014 – Ghent (BE) – GLIMPS Festival
  • 06/12/2014 – Allonnes (FR) – Péniche Excelsior
  • 29/11/2014 – Brussels (BE) – Atelier 210
  • 16/10/2014 – Kortrijk (BE) – Ciné Palace
  • 04/10/2014 – Brussels (BE) – VK – Les Secrètes Sessions
  • 25/08/2014 – Ferrières (BE) – Bucolique Festival
  • 11/07/2014 – Brussels (BE) – Bruxelles-les-Bains
  • 04/04/2014 – Namur (BE) – Young Guts Festival
  • 22/03/2014 – Huy (BE) – Atelier Rock
  • 07/03/2014 – Silly (BE) – Le Salon
  • 01/03/2014 – Brussels (BE) – Botanique (Festival AB/Bota)
  • 08/02/2014 – Louvain-la-Neuve (BE) – Festival La Ferme !!!
  • 06/12/2013 – Mons (BE) – Le Manège (Le Père Noël est un Rockeur)
  • 03/12/2013 – Brussels (BE) – Madame Moustache (release party)
  • 02/11/2013 – Charleville-Mézières (FR) – Forum (Corner Frites)
  • 19/10/2013 – Namur (BE) – Belvédère w/Shiko Shiko (FR)
  • 04/10/2013 – Philippeville (BE) – Action Sud
  • 28/09/2013 – Pont-à-Celles (BE) – PACRock
  • 07/09/2013 – Braine-le-Comte (BE) – Autumn Rock Festival
  • 15/08/2013 – Brussels (BE) – BSF Brussels Summer Festival
  • 04/08/2013 – Ronquières (BE) – Ronquières Festival
  • 03/08/2013 – Aulnoye-Aymeries (FR) – Nuits Secrètes
  • 20/07/2013 – Dour (BE) – Dour Music Festival
  • 06/07/2013 – Tubize (BE) – Festival Antistatic
  • 22/06/2013 – Nivelles (BE) – Fêtes de la Musique
  • 21/06/2013 – Flémalle (BE) – Fiesta du Rock
  • 01/06/2013 – Brussels (BE) – Péniche Fulmar w/ Joy As A Toy
  • 17/05/2013 – Maubeuge (FR) – Festival l’Ascenseur
  • 04/05/2013 – Céroux-Mousty (BE) – Festival 4 mai tes bouchons
  • 13/04/2013 – Ittre (BE) – Muz’Ittre Festival
  • 25/01/2013 – Mons (BE) – Le Bateau Ivre
  • 15/12/2012 – Brussels (BE) – Botanique (Concours Circuit)
  • 30/11/2012 – Louvain-la-Neuve (BE) – Ferme du Biéreau
  • 03/11/2012 – Arlon (BE) – L’Entrepôt (Concours Circuit)
  • 31/10/2012 – Liège (BE) – Tipi w/ Peter Kernel (CH)
  • 19/10/2012 – Braine-le-Château (BE) – Zap’Ouest
  • 06/10/2012 – Charleroi (BE) – EDEN (Concours Circuit)
  • 04/10/2012 – Brussels (BE) – Madame Moustache w/ Electric Electric (FR)
  • 28/05/2012 – Namur (BE) – National 5
  • 19/05/2012 – Brussels (BE) – Jette Central Festival
  • 05/05/2012 – Incourt (BE) – Inc’Rock Festival
  • 04/05/2012 – Brussels (BE) – Club House Union St Gilloise
  • 20/04/2012 – Tubize (BE) – MMI
  • 27/03/2012 – La Louvière (BE) – Taverne du Théâtre w/Jean Jean (FR)
  • 15/03/2012 – Brussels (BE) – LR6 w/Jean Jean (FR)
  • 15/02/2012 – Ghent (BE) – Charlatan w/ Bosco Delrey (US)
  • 14/01/2012 – Rixensart (BE) – MJ
  • 12/01/2012 – Brussels (BE) – Centre culturel Jacques Franck
  • 18/12/2011 – Jodoigne (BE) – Inc’Rock Winter Tremplin
  • 13/11/2011 – Brussels (BE) – Kultuurkaffee
  • 09/11/2011 – Mons (BE) – On Air Studio
  • 02/10/2011 – Brussels (BE) – Brass
  • 24/09/2011 – Brussels (BE) – Kino Kabaret
  • 09/07/2011 – Tubize (BE) – Antistatic Festival
  • 16/06/2011 – Brussels (BE) – Coiffure Liliane
  • 25/05/2011 – Brussels (BE) – Snik Muzik