Album artwork for Tranquility by Gruppenbild

The band Gruppenbild was named after Heindrich Böll’s famous novel and was the first musical output by the versatile Stijn Meuris (Noordkaap, Monza). As legend has it Meuris got the idea of starting his own band through his history teacher in the small provincial town of Overpelt. Said teacher was the bass player of ‘De Brassers’, a by then already notorious new wave punk band who had made it to the finals of Humo’s Rock Rally in 1980. Blown away by the sheer simplicity and power of De Brassers music, the teenage 5 piece Gruppenbild was formed that same year. Taking inspiration from both British postpunk cornerstones as well as Belgian bands like Siglo XX, TC Matic and the Dutch band De DIV’2 years later they too found themselves in the finals of the Rock Rally. Noordkaap (Stijn’s future band) would win the contest in 1990.

On the Gruppenbild 7” one can already hear Meuris’ melancholic singing style and his ability to writeexcellent lyrics in Dutch that would define the future of his musical career. The Tranquillity EP was originally released on Blitz Records in 1982, this was the band’s first and only release and has become quite the rare collectable that is fetching hundreds on the second hand market. Now finally back available as a limited 7” EP (500 copies).

Gruppenbild

Tranquility

Tidal Waves Music
Album artwork for Album artwork for Tranquility by Gruppenbild by Tranquility - Gruppenbild
Album artwork for Tranquility by Gruppenbild
7"

$11.99

Released 05/31/2019Catalogue Number

TWM7INCH04

Gruppenbild

Tranquility

Tidal Waves Music
Album artwork for Album artwork for Tranquility by Gruppenbild by Tranquility - Gruppenbild
Album artwork for Tranquility by Gruppenbild
7"

$11.99

Released 05/31/2019Catalogue Number

TWM7INCH04

The band Gruppenbild was named after Heindrich Böll’s famous novel and was the first musical output by the versatile Stijn Meuris (Noordkaap, Monza). As legend has it Meuris got the idea of starting his own band through his history teacher in the small provincial town of Overpelt. Said teacher was the bass player of ‘De Brassers’, a by then already notorious new wave punk band who had made it to the finals of Humo’s Rock Rally in 1980. Blown away by the sheer simplicity and power of De Brassers music, the teenage 5 piece Gruppenbild was formed that same year. Taking inspiration from both British postpunk cornerstones as well as Belgian bands like Siglo XX, TC Matic and the Dutch band De DIV’2 years later they too found themselves in the finals of the Rock Rally. Noordkaap (Stijn’s future band) would win the contest in 1990.

On the Gruppenbild 7” one can already hear Meuris’ melancholic singing style and his ability to writeexcellent lyrics in Dutch that would define the future of his musical career. The Tranquillity EP was originally released on Blitz Records in 1982, this was the band’s first and only release and has become quite the rare collectable that is fetching hundreds on the second hand market. Now finally back available as a limited 7” EP (500 copies).