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L&S, the new album

The album is called WHEN THE VOWELS FALL

LP, CD, download, streaming…

Release-date September the 23rd, 2022
on Sérotine Records (F) and Tractor Notown (NL)
SR001 / NOT12

L&S is Anthony Laguerre, G.W. Sok, Jean-Michel Pires, Eric Thomas, together with L’Orchestre du GAM from Nancy, France.

Music by Anthony Laguerre (Myotis, Praag, Filiamotsa, …)
Words by G.W. Sok (Oiseaux-Tempête, ex-The Ex, Filiamotsa, …)

Guitars, drums, strings, horns and vocals.
Powerful and poetic things of beauty.

Distributed by:
Konkurrent – Netherlands
L’Autre Distribution – France
Code 7 – United Kingdom

Available via https://exmailorder.nl/shop/sok
and https://gwsok.bandcamp.com/

Concerts 2022

coming up … my concerts this year … with…

G.W. SOK & anderen/others
01-10 Amsterdam (NL) – Willem de Zwijgerkerk (Occii 30)
15-10 Deventer (NL) – Walhalla (uitgeverij Petrichor avond)

L&S
20-10 Brest (F) – Atlantique Jazz Festival

OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE
03-11 Lille (F) – Aeronef
05-11 Lorient (F) – L’Hydrophone (Festival les Indisciplinées)
17-11 Paris (F) – La Station Gare de Mines (record-launch)
18-11 Brest (F) – La Carène (Festival Invisible)
19-11 Rennes (F) – L’Antipode
23-11 Nancy (F) – L’Autre Canal
24-11 Nevers (F) – Café Charbon
25-11 Cognac (F) – Les Abattoirs 
26-11 Nîmes (F) – La Paloma
07-12 Le Havre (F) – Le Tetris
08-12 Joué-les-Tours (F) – Temps Machine 
09-12 Limoges (F) – CCM John Lennon 
10-12 Angers (F) – Chabada 

. . . 2023

G.W. SOK
14-01 Haarlem (NL) – Wigmania
L&S + Orchestre du GAM
12-03 Nancy (F) – Salle Poirel
OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE
14-04 Biarritz (F) – L’Atabal OT
15-04 Merignac (F) – Krakatoa
20 or 21-04 Tilburg (NL) – Roadburn festival
28-04 Brussels (B) – Nuits du Botanique

Concerts in 2022 . . .

THE AND
01 • 10-02 Beauregard (F) – Le Presbyt’hair
02 • 11-02 Auch (F) – Le Migou
03 • 12-02 Montauban (F) – La Mémo
04 • 12-02 Toulouse (F) – Ches Bovy Dit Chanpagne
05 • 13-02 Loubajac (F) – Au Chantier
OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE
06 • 25-02 Périgueux (F) – Sans Réserve (cinéconcert)
MOONDOG H’ART SONGS
07 • 05-03 Valence (F) – Theatre de Valence
G.W. SOK
08 • 08-03 Amsterdam (NL) – De Nieuwe Anita (booklaunch)
OMA
09 • 14-04 New York NY (USA) – Saint Vitus
10 • 15-04 Philadelphia PA (USA) – The Pouch
11 • 16-04 Kent OH (USA) – Zephyr
12 • 18-04 Detroit MI (USA) – Trixies
13 • 20-04 Chicago IL (USA) – The Burlington
14 • 21-04 Cincinnati OH (USA) – Junkers Tavern
15 • 22-04 Columbus OH (USA) – Dirty Dungarees
SNIRP KOS SINOMIS
16 • 12-05 Amsterdam (NL) – De Tanker
MOONDOG H’ART SONGS
17 • 14-05 Lyon (F) – Opéra de Lyon
SNIRP KOS SINOMIS
18 • 30-06 Amsterdam (NL) – Occii
OISEAUXTEMPÊTE
19 • 02-07 Lärz (D) – Fusion festival
G.W. SOK
20 • 21-08 Zeddam (NL) – Pieter’s Boerderij
21 • 21-09 Amsterdam (NL) – Occii (1)
dSCi
22 • 21-09 Amsterdam (NL) – Occii (2)


Jouw zomer daar

De dagen hier zijn niets
de ketting van m’n fiets
een teentje waar een voet op stond
een beetje in de zon gezond
naar de blauwe lucht gekeken
die schapewolk geen boek gebleken
duf drankje op een dakterras
een boodschap in een plastic tas

De krant?
de tour?
de rest?
geen moer

Het glas nu leeg
het hoofd nog dol
en ook nog een of ander
hart op hol

Die nacht als in een droom vergleden
en dan? weer zien? misschien? een ander heden?
ondertussen wordt er heel geleidelijk geleden…
ik ben hier en jij verleden

tijd

is relatief

En toch,
het opent perspectief
ikke dinges
vinje lief

Jouw zomer daar
en de mijne hier,
maar lang niet slecht
zo’n allereerste kier

Up to eleven

6-2-9
the cat drank wine
but will that be enough
before making love
to a porcupine

5–2-8
the dog ate cake
or is he lead by the nose
shouldn’t get too close
with a rattle-snake

4-2-7
here’s hog heaven
I’m heading for the bog
gonna kiss a frog
on cloud nine

ten

eleven

> back to Some Lyrics

This is the day

Almost everything I have
used to make me feel ashamed:
my job, my flat, my friends,
and my name
the bicycle I got from my brother
the presents I got from my mother

But now that my father is hanging on,
hanging on five tubes,
and now that his hoarse mouth
speaks of adieu,
my shame squats in a corner
now my shame squats in a corner

He died the way he drove his car
calm, controlled, correct might be the word
looking bravely at the road
jumping the lights he considered to be illogically absurd

Absurd, how everything I still wanted to say
has slipped away under the wheels of time :
the presence of my mother
the bicycle of my brother
my father in his suit . . .

And so I say adieu
with everything I have
and I’m looking at the road
calm and controlled?
correct

(Based on a poem by Menno Wigman)

> back to Some Lyrics

Medicine

I speak of thoughts that cross my mind:
the world is chaos, unconfined;
she moves around, and round she goes
like flames around a firehose

I never thought that I could sleep
among firm flocks of sheepish sheep
and yet I’d join the sick poor souls
to wake and watch the world go whole

Medicine . . .

What do I want in these sickbays
primed with monitored medals?
How does it feel to be losing your health?
If I put new spurs on my boots,
expose my profile
reeking of facebooks, twitters, and death,
pampered with sneers and smears of bullshit lies
coughed up in criminal companies,
arsonic arcades,
ballistics’ statistics,
bureaucratic cesspits,
war rooms?

Medicine . . .

I would rather throw my body from the chair,
tied to a table in a fastfood diner;
rather go shit my pants
in front of family on prime-time tv
rather laud rotten vegetables
with hobnob fries and make-believe pie
rather,
stuffed like a cooked goose in France
dressed as a sitting duck in Disneyland
hung on a nail in Christie’s
sliced extra at the Worldwide Bake-Off
taught how to ski jump with Eddie the Eagle,
resurrected in 1988 somewhere on Calgary Hill,
than come down roaring
in a blaze of violence,
filth,
and villainy

Medicine . . .

> back to Some Lyrics

Biography

in English
2020   G.W. SOK – ANYWAY… (45 RECORDS IN 45 DAYS)
00000(annecdotes, antidotes, and record sleeves, 100 p.) Druxat
2017   G.W. SOK – WHY CAN’T WE ALL BE HAPPY ALL THE TIME
00000(the collected Sok-lyrics  2010-2016, 144 p.) Druxat
2014   G.W. SOK – A/B/C & SHE
00000(poem on a postcard) Half Letter Press USA
2011   G.W. SOK – A MIX OF BRICKS & VALENTINES
00000(the collected Sok-lyrics written for The Ex between
000001979 and 2009, 384 p.) PM Press USA
2011   G.W. SOK – LIVRE UN: LE DÉBUT D’UNE BELLE FRÉNÉSIE
00000(26 Sok-lyrics translated from English in to French, bi-lingual,
0000076 p.)
La Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne CH
2002   G.W. SOK – INTO THE GRAVY
00000(an essay on punk ideas and personal ideology, originally
00000released in 1989 in Threat By Example. Re-issued in 2002
00000by Temporary Services, 32 p.) Druxat
1997   G.W. SOK – EX-RATED
00000(a series of Ex-lyrics, 102 p.) Druxat

in Dutch
2022   G.W. SOK – KIJK KIJK
00000(een “solar sok tv” gids, 8p.) Druxat
2021   G.W. SOK & ARNOLD DE BOER – DUEL|DUET #2
00000(duels en dutten, tijdschrift, 32p.) Petrichor
2009   G.W. SOK – EEN KLEIN ZWARTWIT VECHTBEK MANIFEST
00000(acht vertalingen/hertalingen van engelstalige songteksten
00000van de band The Rondos, 12 p.) Druxat
2008   KLEIJ & ROEST – PANTKRAND 25
00000(de zin en onzin van het leven in een Amsterdams
00000woonwerkpand, middels gedichten, berichten, al dan niet
00000verzonnen
verhalen, feiten en reportages, ditjes, datjes,
00000en rondgeslingerde kladjes, 104 p.)
Druxat
2002   IJSBRAND KOUDVUUR I.O. – BESCHUIT MET PUISTJES
00000(verzamelde puberpoëzie, 48 p.) Druxat
2000   GOEROE OVERFLAKKEE – VAN GOD LOS
00000(alle columns voor muziekblad Opscene, 112 p.) Druxat