Live Footage: Acclaimed Post-Rock Trio BRUTUS Performs “Sugar Dragon” at Handelsbeurs — Ghent, Belgium

Over the course of this year, I’ve written quite a bit about the Leuven, Belgium-based post-rock trio BRUTUS, and as you may recall, with the release of their full-length debut, 2017’s Burst, the Belgian trio, comprised of Stefanie Mannaerts (drums, vocals), Stijn Vanhoegaerden (guitar) and Peter Mulders (bass) quickly developed a national and international presence, despite the fact that they’ve achieved it with a sound shaped by necessity: Mannaerts adopted vocal duties because no one else would. Since Burst’s release, they’ve toured with JOVM mainstay Chelsea Wolfe, Thrice, Russian Circles, and played the major heavy EU festivals. Adding to a growing profile, Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich has proudly championed the Belgian trio.

Their Jesse Gander-produced sophomore album Nest was released earlier this year through Sargent House Records. And while the album finds the band making a concerted effort to write tight songs with an expanded sound, the album also finds the band’s Mannaerts fully embracing her dual roles as vocalist and drummer.  Thematically speaking, the material focuses on the path the trio have taken together to get to the euphoric highs of achieving a lifelong dream.But there’s underlying moments of deep, introspection, in which they all consider the individual choices they’ve made to get there — and the impact those choices had on their loved ones, and those who they’ve left behind.  And as a result, the material possesses a strangely uncomfortable yet necessary friction between wanting to continue their forward progression and a desire to maintain and cherish those connections to all that they love at home. But is that possible when you’ve taken such enormous risks to achieve something extraordinary? And when the things you’ve seen, done and experienced have become so different than those of your peers, can you keep that connection?

I previously wrote about three  album singles: “War,” a track that alternated between dreamy and ruminative showcase and aggressive and forceful thrash metal, with enormous, arena rock friendly hooks; “Cemetery,” a track that found the band effortlessly riding doom metal, thrash metal, shoegaze, hardcore punk and stoner rock; and the concise and force “Django.”  “Sugar Dragon,” Nest‘s latest single continues a run of material that manages to simultaneously be intimate and deeply introspective and explosively cathartic; painterly and gorgeous shoegaze that feels like a painter’s brushstrokes across the canvas and pummeling metal with fiery guitar pyrotechnics. And much like its predecessors, the song captures the bleak and raw ache of taking stock of oneself and their lives — completely alone.

The band recently released live footage performing “Sugar Dragon” at Handelsbeurgs, Ghent, Belgium that captures the Belgian trio’s powerful live set. Speaking of their live set, the band is currently touring across Europe until mid October. Late October finds BRUTUS making their first ever Stateside headline tour, and the tour will include a highly anticipated November 13, 2019 stop at Saint Vitus Bar. Check out the tour dates below.



Tour Dates:

08/16: Bristol, UK – ArcTanGent

08/17: Hasselt, BE – Pukkelpop Festival

08/24: Dordrecht, NL – Chargefest

08/30: Bordeaux, FR – Black Bass Festival

09/01: Duisburg, DE – Platzhirsch Festival

09/14: Leffinge, BE – Leffingeleuren

09/17: Leipzig, DE – Naumanns

09/18: Hannover, DE – Bei Chez Heinz

09/19: Osnabruck, DE – Bastard Club

09/20: Hamburg, DE – Reeperbahn Festival

09/21: Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet

09/25: Dunkerque, FR – Les4Ecluses w/ Emma Ruth Rundle

09/27: Béthune, FR – Le Poche

10/01: Nantes, FR – La Ferrailleur

10/03: Savigny-Le-Temple, FR – L’Empreinte

10/04: Fumel, FR – Le Pavillon

10/05: Pau, FR – A Tant Rêver Du Roi

10/07: Madrid, ES – Wurlitzer Ballroom

10/08: Vigo, ES – La Iguana club

10/10: San Sebastian, ES – Dadadaba

10/11: Barcelona, ES – AM Fest

10/12: Lyon, FR – Le Farmer

10/26: New Orleans, LA – Voodoo

10/29: Chicago, IL – Schubas

11/02: San Diego, CA – Dia De Los Deftones

11/05: Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

11/08: Austin, TX – Levitation

11/12: Somerville, MA – ONCE Ballroom

11/13: Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus

11/15: Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy

11/17: Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital

11/24: Berlin, DE – Festaal Kreuzberg *

11/25: Köln, DE – Stollwerck *

11/26: Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg *

11/28: Leeds, UK – University Stylus *

11/29: London, UK – Electric Ballroom *

11/30: Paris, FR – Le Trianon *

12/03: Milan, IT – Alcatraz *

12/04: Ljubljana, SI – Kino Siska *

12/05: Munich, DE – Backstage *

12/06: Vienna, AU – Arena *

12/08: Warsaw, PL – Progresja *

w/ Cult of Luna & AAWilliams

12/14: Brussels, BE – AB Brussels (SOLD OUT)