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Simon Crab

Electronic Experimental Industrial

Biography

Simon Crab was the founding member of Bourbonese Qualk, who were easily one of the most strange and compelling bands to emerge from the ‘80s underground. They were also sometimes one of the best, but they never quite achieved the stature in the post-industrial canon that they deserved. A good part of that is probably due to their constantly shifting and eclectic style, though they seemed to perfect their singular mélange of electronic music, mutant funk, gamelan, and experimentalism by 2001...

Simon Crab was the founding member of Bourbonese Qualk, who were easily one of the most strange and compelling bands to emerge from the ‘80s underground. They were also sometimes one of the best, but they never quite achieved the stature in the post-industrial canon that they deserved. A good part of that is probably due to their constantly shifting and eclectic style, though they seemed to perfect their singular mélange of electronic music, mutant funk, gamelan, and experimentalism by 2001's ‘On Uncertainty’ (their final album).

In the last few years Crab has started to work as a solo artist – recording new music and performing live electronic and acoustic music mixed with real time video manipulation. This new music continues to develop the path that made Bourbonese Qualk so intriguing; an eclectic unpredictable mix of electronica, improvisation, obscure instrumentation enveloped in rapid changes of
mood, direction, noise and rhythm. Simon Crab’s first solo album ‘After America’ was released in 2016 and will be followed by a new album ‘Demand Full Automation’ (Klanggalerie) in March 2018. Since 2016 SImon Crab has been performing with live musicians (mostly with the Portuguese percussionist and musician Diana Combo) at numerous festivals and venues across Europe, this will continue with more European dates starting in September 2018.

Alongside this new work has been a resurgence of interest and critical reappraisal of Bourbonese Qualk with the re-release of their early work on a compilation CD (‘Bourbonese Qualk 1982-1986’ on the Berlin Mannequin label – Best reissue album of 2015 ‘Wire Magazine’), a 12” edit and remix of ‘Lies’ by the DJ and producer Ancient Methods, a 4LP box set of early unreleased recordings and a vinyl reissue of all of the group’s albums over 2018–2019.