The Names ~ Quarantaine

CaliClub – Drogenbos (Brussels) – Saturday 24 November 2018 – 20:00

Quarantine will mark the 40th anniversary of the band, or rather bands (The Passengers, then The Names). The Passengers will perform in their original 1978 lineup (with Isabelle Hanrez singing and Christophe Den Tandt on drums) and the original 1979-1983 lineup of The Names will also reunite (with Christophe Den Tandt on keyboards and Luc Capelle on drums). The current musicians will of course play a complete set.

Expect special guests on stage and a few surprises.


Post-punk cult band The Names started in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the Brussels scene and from the local press. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step by playing as opening act for Magazine, they recorded a first EP, Spectators Of Life, that attracted the interest of Manchester’s prominent label Factory Records.  Their first mancunian studio sessions (at Stockport’s Strawberry Studio) was the single “Nightshift / I Wish I Could Speak Your Language » (FAC29). Getting enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album Swimming and more singles (the hits “Calcutta” and “The Astronaut”) followed. With these recordings and high impact stage performances, The Names (Michel Sordinia on vocals and bass, Marc Deprez on guitar, Christophe Den Tandt on keyboards and Luc Capelle on drums) achieved the status of cult band of the post-punk scene. LTM Recordings re-releasing their Factory, Factory Benelux and Disques du Crépuscule’s sessions on different albums (Swimming + singles, Spectators Of Life, among others).

After reuniting for the hugely successful Factory Night in December 2007, the Brussels based band has since released the live-music DVD Nighshift on LTM, the CD album Monsters Next Door on Str8line Records, the double vinyl album Stranger Than You on Factory Benelux and the live album German Nights, recorded on tour in Germany,  on Factory Benelux.

The Names have been featured on many compilations, including “Zero”, the best of Martin Hannett album, and  Warner’s Factory Records box set “Communications 1978-1992”. After re-releasing a double vinyl album of “Swimming” with their until then unreleased John Peel Sessions from the early 1980’s, LTM have also released a collection of rare Names recordings (“In Time”).
The Names’ stage act offering spectacularly powerful and emotion-driven versions of their Factory-era songs, laced with a few tracks from their most recent With a few surprises added to the set list…
The Names’ line up features original members of the band Michel Sordinia (vocals) and Marc Deprez (guitars), with Laurent Loddewijckx on drums, Vincent Lesceux on bass and Julien Van Aerschot on keyboards.
Along the years, the band also featured Michel Zilbersztajn and Roberto Suarez on drums, Christophe Boulenger on keyboards and Eric De Bruyne on bass.



That’s when she meets Fab DuBard. After many years playing rock music and touring major concert halls and festivals in Belgium (AB, Botanique, Cirque Royal, Dour Festival, Francofolies de Spa…) and in Europe (tours in Germany, France, Eastern Europe…), former dIPLOMAT leader now works on a new project in a genre he loved so much as a teenager: 80s electropop. The meeting between Lauve and Fab is decisive: if she needs a songwriter, he needs a singer for his new songs. P.∆.N.T.H.E.R is born.

The duo unveils ‘Part One – Unleashing’, whose title refers to newfound freedom. The third song, ‘Lost here for so long’ reflects the loss of identity, and the need to escape from whatever might imprison you – for your own sake. Lauve’s voice sounds like a fragile and disenchanted call for help floating on a bittersweet melody.



You might call these singles an exercise in experimental archeology applied to music. Each features two songs by Brussels new wave band The Passengers, composed in late 1977, performed live during the first half of 1978, and finally recorded by the original lineup in 2018.

The songs – and the group – grew out of a moment of breathtaking musical innovation. 1977, if anybody needs a reminder, unleashed an endless stream of classic punk and new wave records. Michel Sordinia (bass and vocals), Marc Deprez (guitar and vocals) and Robert Franckson (guitar), soon joined by Isabelle Hanrez (vocals) and Christophe Den Tandt (drums), felt the urge to rise up to the new climate and form a band of their own. Their music was shaped more by American than by British influences, resonating with memories of The Velvet Underground, whose radical style was in turn echoed by late-1970s bands like Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Talking Heads and Television. The presence of Hanrez on vocals also made comparisons with Blondie inescapable.

With the Brussels music scene still in the grip of raw punk, The Passengers offered a fresh, pop-oriented sensibility mingled with the somewhat darker accents of later post-punk. This was young music in every sense, with none of the Passengers older than 22. With their first gigs in 1978 the group soon became a local sensation, and in March won the First Belgian Punk Contest – only to reject the prize (a one-off single deal) as a cynical commercial ploy. Instead, the band chose to tape “All Through the Night” for Brussels punk imprint Romantik records, only for the label to folded before this came to pass.

Over the following months, The Passengers’ line-up morphed into a new band, The Names, fronted by Sordinia alone, who went on to record for Factory Records and Les Disques du Crépuscule. Hanrez formed her own pop-punk outfit, Isabelle et les Nic-Nacs.

Four decades on, the original quintet, assisted by Michel Zylberstajn on drums, decided to release the single denied a release at the time, recorded and played as if it were still 1978. As you drop them on your turntable, we hope you’ll share in revisiting the sounds and styles that changed our life.



Philippe Carly, Marcus Portée and Peter Staessens, are not only very talented artists, they are also close friends of both The Names and The Passengers. The pictures they took along the years are a testimony of what happened and how it happened, both on and off stage. Precious memories, shared in large and smaller formats. Available at the concert and then through mail order.


James Nice runs cult labels Les Disques du Crépuscule, Factory Benelux and LTM Recordings. He is also the author of Factory Records history Shadowplayers, and has deejayed in London, Manchester, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities. As a deejay he plays New Wave, electro and leftfield pop.

Hatecraft is a concert and party promoter (Fantastique.Nights, Factory Nights, Club New Wave…) since 1986. In the early 80′s he fell in love with New Order’s music and soon discovered their earlier project Joy Division and all the post-punk scene. Although he opened his mind to electronic, pop, industrial, gothic and noisy pop music, the 78-84 period remains his favourite one.




Grote baan 234 – 1620 Drogenbos (Brussels)

By car: Ring 0, exit 18  – Easy parking
By public transport: De Lijn 153-154 – STIB tram 82




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