Decades: 1990s 2000s


Formed in Antwerp, Belgium, in the early 90s, eclectic alternative rock band dEUS originally comprised Tom Barman (1 January 1972; vocals/guitar), Stef Kamil Carlens (b. 1970, Belgium; bass), Jules De Borgher (drums), Klaas Janzoons (violin) and Rudy Trouvé (b. 28 January 1967, Wilrijk, Belgium; guitar). Barman only really became interested in music in his late teens when he discovered the Velvet Underground and Violent Femmes. The first incarnation of dEUS, indeed, specialized in cover versions of those groups’ material. Their earliest performances were at the Music Box in Antwerp, a regular haunt of actors, musicians and artists, from whom the band subsequently took much of its bohemian bent. At this time Barman had been joined by Carlens and the duo embarked on writing songs together. One of their first demos reached the finals of the domestic RockRally competition and afterwards they set out on an ill-fated tour. On their return to Antwerp they...

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