Dig into Perfect Vacuum’s bleating core and you’ll quickly trip over the slumbering forms of vocalist Dave Marsh and guitarist Lukas Simonis.
Lukas has for years formed the epicentre of the Rotterdam music scene. He has been bang at it since the late '70s in a progression of creative events that includes writing and publishing poetry; programming avant-garde music and film events; working as a musician, composer, radio artist and soloist. His countless projects defy enumeration - but let’s have a go anyway: Dull Schicksal, Morzelpronk, Trespassers W, Aa Kismet, Vril (with Bob Drake and Chris Cutler), Static Tics, Coolhaven, Stepmother (with Bill Gilonis), Ig Witzelsucht, Ornament and Crime Arkestra. He has collaborated with such luminaries as Pierre Bastien, Anne La Berge, The Bohman Brothers, Nina Hitz, Ingeborg Muller, DJ Bobo, Takayuki Kawabata, Ivan Palacky, folk legend Peter Spampfel, Zooty ‘Re’ Peeters, Goh Lee Kwang.
Dave Marsh is the bipolar opposite. He does very little. He works in a garage serving tepid tasteless coffee and enjoys watching customers faces curl with disgust the moment they taste the crap. Lukas has somehow found an occasional way to get Dave off his arse and in front of a microphone. Perhaps he sprinkles itching powder onto Dave’s comfy Tibetan cushions.
Earlier this year, Lukas tricked Dave into entering the Worm recording studio, an electronic palace packed with antique synthesisers such as the ARP 2600, EMS Putney and the PAIA Proteus. The results, songs with the power to inspire imprisoned pandas to mate behind cruel metal zoo bars, have just been released on sleek 12” vinyl by Wim Dekker’s Blowpipe label.