Stanley Brinks (ex Herman Düne) and Freschard
Stanley Brinks + Freschard + Andrew Thom Neil
Entry Requirements: 18+
STANLEY BRINKS was born in Paris, France, in 1973. He studied a bit of biology, and worked as a nurse for a while. Half Swedish, half Moroccan, strongly inclined to travel the world, he soon started spending most of his life on the road, and developed a strong relationship with the city of New York. He also started playing the soprano sax (among other instruments) in jazz bands. He finally became a full time singer- songwriter – as André Herman Düne – in the late 1990's. He recorded several albums and Peel sessions with his three piece indie- rock band, Herman Düne. After a decade of touring Europe, most of the time in the company of American songwriters, he finally settled in Berlin, Germany. There he developed a taste for the early carnival music of Trinidad, and in the early 21 st century he became the unquestioned master of European calypso, and changed his name to Stanley Brinks. Performing solo with a guitar or a clarinet most of the time, he also toured and recorded a lot with the Wave Pictures, Freschard, Ish Marquez, among others. In 2010, after an all-night jam with local musicians in Egersund, Norway, he started his own band: Stanley Brinks and the Kaniks. The seven-piece all acoustic band recorded “Jamaica Inn” at a nearby lighthouse. It was followed by “Alligator Twilight”, recorded in a Norwegian farmhouse in 2011. In 2012 Stanley Brinks and some Kaniks, the Flying Kaniks - violin, trombone and banjo – went to Malta and recorded “Hafna Xita”, a collection of fun dark songs, both minimal and sophisticated, very much in tune with the spirit of the island. On “Stanley Brinks hovers” (2012), the 100 th album in his discography, he uses a great variety of arrangements, and somewhat classic songwriting. In “Maltese Suite” (2013) he explores the sounds and styles of a decadent Sicilian-Arabian folklore. On “Stanley Brinks Whistles” (2014) he mixes South African kwela and songwriting, and improvises on the pennywhistle. The same year, “Gin”, his third album with the British rock band The Wave Pictures, is released by Fika Recordings. He also writes and records a country album with Freschard, “Pizza Espresso”. In 2015, he uses Greek rhythms and scales on an album about robots for robots, “Robotika”. On “Stanley Brinks Strikes”, he goes back to his more American songwriting style, reminiscent of his Herman Düne days. Then “My Ass” comes out, his fourth LP with the Wave Pictures. In 2016 Stanley Brinks and the Kaniks get together again to record “Turtle Dove”, an ode to peace inspired by ancient poetry, featuring instrumental pieces. During the same recording session, Stan and the Old Time Kaniks – banjo and fiddle – keep the barn rocking all night with new old-timey songs that will be put together on a double LP: “Vieilles Caniques / Nouvelles Caniques”. Back in Berlin the songwriter puts a new kind of strings on his ukulele, learns to play it, and records the quiet “Stanley Brinks Fiddles”. In 2017 he puts out “Apocalypso”, an illustration of the Odyssey accompanied by Greek baglamas and choir. “Midnight Tequila”, a more pop-oriented collaboration album with Freschard, is released in 2018. Then comes “Peanuts”, a collection of indie-pop songs taking place in ancient Egypt and 21st century California, featuring backing vocals by Freschard, Destiny, and Claire Falzon.
Freschard grew up in a farm in French Burgundy. She started organizing shows in the barn when she was about 12 years old. Aged 18 she moved to the big city, Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe. There, a local musician and regular customer called Andre Herman Düne wrote a few songs for her to sing. She called her first E.P. “Neon Orange”. Homeless in Paris, she saved up just enough money to get herself a ticket to New York. There she found an old electric guitar and started writing her own songs. She recorded her second e.p., "Shower Gel", with Mike Gomez on lapsteel guitar. In 2004 Freschard moved to Berlin, where she recorded her first LP, "Alien Duck". Her second album, "Click Click", recorded in 2006, features a drummer (Leo Bear Creek), and electric guitar by Stanley Brinks. On her third album, “moonstone”, she plays the drums herself. On her fourth “shh...” she also plays the flute. Her fifth album “boom biddy boom” is an urban pop masterpiece. Her latest LP, 'Sunday Night' features such hits as 'friends' and 'party'. As a producer she recorded “Yodels” by Stanley Brinks, “if you leave it alone” by the Wave Pictures and many other great sounding albums. Freschard has a Calypso cover band with Stanley Brinks, called Kreuzberg Museum. She's also part of the cult band "the Fox" with Stanley Brinks, Ariel Sharatt and Mathias Kom (aka "the Burning Hell"). She also has duet albums co written with Stanley Brinks : 'New Cologne', 'Pizza Espresso' and 'Midnight Tequila'. Freschard's shows often feature Stanley Brinks on guitar, the Wave Pictures, the Burning Hell or the Kaniks as a backing band, and she also plays amazing shows on her own.