Today, February 8th, marks a momentous day for an extremely promising band, the official release day for Brussels based trio Rince-Doigt and their debut EP ‘Plinth’.
Rince-Doigt consist of Martin Grégoire,Valentin Duelz and Pablo Fleury, and together the trio are eager to introduce their talents to more. Having dropped a courageous and dynamic debut EP release, this act are about to grab your attention.
Plinth Track Listing:
1. No-Win Situation
2. Giboulée de Cobras
3. Couteaux Crystal
4. Latéral Coup de Pied
5. Mawashi Geri
From the first note to the final snare hit, Rince-Doigt have created an engaging and compelling debut. The record in it’s entirety is an impressive listen, providing ample amount of contrast in their math-rock, prog, alternate genre. It’s a refreshing airy listen in what can be a very hard and full on projection. But throughout the mix of buoyant beats and breakdowns with their own sleek yet scratchy tones and vivid bass notes, Plinth resonates a fun recording. As much as it does captivate, it’s also a playful and entertaining record and capturing that upbeat and cheerful emotion in the entire record is a skill in itself.
Listen in full below-
To coincide with the release we had the pleasure in chatting to the three to find out more about their inspiration, the recording process, getting the right artwork for the release, live shows and more.
Before we get to the details of your new EP release ‘Plinth’ which you’ve just unveiled to the world, we want to get to know more on you- Firstly introduce yourselves.
M: Hi, I’m Martin, I like the smell of fresh bread in the morning, to feel the breeze against my cheek and to watch the sunset on summer nights
V: I’m Val, the bass player. In love with video making, music and injuries.
P: My name is Pablo and I play the guitar in the band. I love salmon pastas and jean jackets.
We’re three friends living and playing music together in Brussels, capital city of that little country called Belgium.
You’re quite a young and extremely promising outfit but how long has the band been established and where did the name come from?
P: At first, Val and I wanted to form a band when we were about 18. We had some crappy songs recorded in a basement but we couldn’t perform the songs we wrote because it required at least one other musician. Meanwhile, there was a band in a nearby town called Perils of Penelope. Those guys were as young as us and played incredible cool post-rock math-rock tunes ! And it’s Martin that plays the drums in that band. So a few years later, when we wanted to give a second life to our project, we called Martin for a rehearsal and we found our formula.
V: We first started rehearsals with the three of us in January 2014. The name came out after one of those first rehearsals, because you obviously need a name when you’re in a band, and you’re looking for something that sounds cool, that people will remember. But we were more looking for a funny name, though. Martin had the idea and it was ridiculous enough to make me cry/laugh for 10 good minutes, so we kept it. 2 years after that we don’t regret anything, cause people we meet often say “Yeah, I’ve read your name somewhere”. I think it is unconventional, and it just stays in mind.
M: Plus, our music sounds like an energetic texture to manipulate, but also as a material that flows in the atmosphere through the repetitive and progressive constructions of the songs. So I guess Rince-Doigt is a suitable name that comes out the usual criteria of the musical norms !
Together you create instrumental music with both math rock and prog rock elements, but we want to know what are your collective influences that shine through in your work?
P: Instrumental music is like a common playground for the three of us. There are a lot of band the three of us are really into: Redneck Manifesto, And So I Watch You From Afar, Alarmist… And what’s really great is that we had the chance to share the stage with bands we love sooo much, like Mutiny on the Bounty, Delta Sleep, Fago Sepia… Bands that were influences when we started our band !That’s the best part of being in a band, definitely. And we definitely are addicts of Arctangent festival. Spending time there in that particular atmosphere with all those lovely bands is so motivating.
What was that one single album or track that transformed your life?
M: Pink Floyd: the album “Meddle”, which opened my mind to weird sounds and gave me the taste for the underground scene.
V : Tough question, cause I feel like every other day I discover a track, listen to it on repeat, and really dive into it. It often sets my mind for that period. But I can’t think of a particular song that turned on the switch. Maybe some “call me cheesus”, “He films the clouds pt II” or “Set guitars to kill” cause they were the first mathy post-rock songs I dived into.
P: Well, for what I remember, I discovered post-rock when I was about 16-17 years old when I heard for the first time “sven g englar” by Sigur Ros. But I guess I became a music freak when I dived into Radiohead !
We would love to know the ins and outs on ‘Plinth’. Describe your writing process together/recording process and how you’ve managed to get to the point of this notable release.
V : Pablo writes all the main riffs, and often the entire skull for the songs. Martin and I set the arrangements. Hours and hours of rehearsals.
P: I think our writing process is a sort of a mess. Since I learned how to play guitar I had a loop pedal to help me create riffs and texture, listen to it, rework it, adapt the idea, etc. So basically, the majority of our songs are a big puzzle of riffs. It’s like “Ok so we start with this, then we have to figure out how to come to that, then I don’t know yet but after that we should definitely end the song in that particular way. You got it guys ?”. But the more we play together, the more our writing process gets spontaneous.
How would you describe your own sound?
M: I’d say that Pablo’s guitar brings a kind of kraut rock and distorted atmosphere, when Val creates a solid and powerful bass line, then I make the all vibe grooves with “offbeat” drum parts.
V : As we’re not a proper “Math-rock band”, I mean, we don’t write shits in 15/7, but we’re still highly influenced by that scene, we like to call our sound “Geometric post-rock”, and I think it works, the loops gives us that geometrical aspect.
Who makes up the song titles and what do they mean?
V : Let’s be honest, they don’t fuckin’ mean anything. There is not that one emotion we want people to get through the songs, or is it more likely just a feeling. So we don’t bother finding a name that transcode an emotion. We just find some funny/cool name that suits the song. We approximatively find 2 hundreds of them per day.
P: Most of the song titles are sorts of jokes or nonsenses. “Giboulée de cobras” literally means “heavy rain of cobras”.“Latéral coup de pied” means “sidekicks”. There are songs that are not on the EP that you can translate to “karate dog” or “match point”. I guess there’s a sort of “martial arts” consonance in the way we like to perform those songs. We use to be very energetic on stage, like if it was a fight demonstration or something. That may be one of the reason we chose a gymnastic related object to represent that EP.
The physical EP release looks fantastic- You teamed up with friend of the site Serguei Spoutnik for the design, why was Serguei the right person for the job and what do you think of the finished product?
P: We’ve know Damien for a few years now. We were at their first show in Belgium and we once hosted a Quadrupede / Lost in the Riots show in Brussels. So yeah, we got along well with him and Joseph and as we wanted to work with friends for that record, it was really cool he accepted to work with us ! Basically, it was months of sending mails to elaborate the concept of the artwork. At one point, I think Damien would have killed us if he could because there was always something to change but in the end I think everybody is happy with the result. An IKEA-minimalistic approach of a childish and forgotten object. What else could you dream of?
You’ve announced a string of live shows to support the release, unfortunately followed by the news Val sadly broke his collarbone (Send my love, I feel that pain), are you hoping to still be able to play at the shows and if so what can the audience look forward to from your appearance?
V : Ahah, Thank you! No other show will be cancelled (the only one that was, was enough pain in the ass). The surgery went very well and I’m able to move my arm and play. But I think for shows in the next two months, I will be forced to play sat, as I can’t support the weight of my bass on my collarbone. Apart from that, nothing will change!
How would you describe the reception to your live presence?
V : Really encouraging!
P: The indie math-rock scene in Belgium is a quite small community in the end but it’s great to be a small part of it. People sometimes come to us at the end of the show and say that they were mind-blown. Then they add that the only missing thing would be vocals and that by the way they use to sing…
Is there a particular track that you all just love to play?
M: The new songs !
P: Yes, the new ones I guess. From my point of view, writing new songs is the opportunity to experiment with pedals and sounds more than in our first songs, sometimes written years ago. So it’s like “yes I can finally use my octaver over my delay in that loop!”
What’s the strangest venue/atmosphere you’ve played too to date?
V : I would say “La taverne du théatre” in La Louvière. Walked in and said hello to the sound engineer, he just replied “Not now, I’m busy”. This said, we set up our gear and played for 7 people, with only 2 standing in front of us.
P: Yes the La Louvière show was a mess. I successfully dropped my guitar during our show and damaged it. Guess it was our worst show for the moment ! A good memory in the other hand was when we played a pretty cool venue in the basement of a cinema. We were in the middle of a David Lynch exhibition. That was cool.
We wish the best from the EP release and we know you’ve got a lot of great opportunities to look forward to, but for now enlighten us to what can we look forward to from you in the future?
V : Fun, Loops, and positive energy. And probably some videos too…
M: We are working on new songs for the moment, our music is evolving to a more personal way, and that’s great! We start to know each other better and can structure a coherent set for the future! We hope to record some new material as soon as we can.
P: Plinth took us over a year of work from recording to release. During that time we nearly had enough new songs written to record a second one. So I guess we could go back to the studio this summer !
And we never toured so it would be a big step for us to do so.
And finally any last words?
V : Paprika.
P: Hey you, fellow English readers who read this interview to the very end, expect to see us in the camping of the Arctangent this time again, with a lot of Plinths in our pockets !
M: They are also new projects that we are currently working on : Pablo’s solo project working on loops and guitar effects, Val and Pablo playing with the singer “James Custers” and my new duo Drums-Piano “Glass Museum” to come soon!
So you better stay tuned dinosaurs!
Thank you all so much for your time with Circuit Sweet. We wish you all the best with the EP release, the live shows and the recovery and hope you enjoy the endless opportunities that will soon be coming your way- see you in a field in ArcTanGent if not touring the UK beforehand.
Rince-Doigt ‘Plinth’ is out now and available to download and available as a physical purchase via the band’s bandcamp, at shows and through their facebook page.