This week marks the fifth birthday of BLAUWGEEL, our second record. To celebrate, we are sharing a bunch of memories of making the record. And of course, since it is a celebration, we’re treating you to a huge discount on our entire catalogue. Man, what a huge discount (scroll down).
Things you did not know about BLAUWGEEL #5
As you may have read in this blogpost chronicling our guiding principles as a band, we like to connect everything we do by giving it a conceptual backbone. Sometimes we set out with a clear idea, other times it emerges as we go along. BLAUWGEEL is an example of the latter, where the music, the song titles and the artwork as well as the live visuals we made are all loosely stringed together, spun from the same central theme.
It’s not all clearly defined, but once you know what that theme is you will start to recognise it in all things BLAUWGEEL. So what is BLAUWGEEL about? It revolves around Identity & Change. About (not) finding your place, choosing to stay or not stay (literally or figuratively). Both as individuals and society as a whole. About the world moving too fast. Just revisit the song titles and you will see.
One of the first things you see when you flip through the BLAUWGEEL art book is a poem, that basically sets the scene for the artwork that follows:
From the lands that we fill
To the cities that we make
From the houses we build
To the laws that we create
From the cars on the asphalt
To the roses on our graves
From the hopes of tomorrow
To the fears that can’t be named…
We are all from countries
that don’t exist anymore
In a way, the new record we’re working on picks up some of the threads we left on BLAUWGEEL and takes it to the next level. We’re really excited about it and can’t wait to present it to the world. We just need a couple more months to get everything in order.
Things we love about BLAUWGEEL #5
One thing we absolutely love about being in this band is getting to meet and interact with people from all over the world. It’s still seriously mindblowing to us that people on every continent are listening to our music.
And then every now and then someone comes along and leaves a message that stops us in our tracks. That makes us feel incredibly grateful to be in this band, and have our music connect with some of you. Here’s a response we got to BLAUWGEEL that still deeply moves us:
So there is only one way to end this little celebratory week, and that is by thanking you for listening to us and for sticking with us. It means the world to us. Ride out these next couple of months with us and we have about 45 to 50 minutes of new music to share with you.
So, thank you, really:
To celebrate BLAUWGEEL’s fifth birthday, until the end of the year all orders on our entire merchandise catalogue get a 50% discount. Just use discount code blauwgeel5 at checkout. All items are sold through our Bandcamp store.