|The Spiral of Silence-story goes way back. It all started in August
1990: a couple of friends started a band called Theatre of Pain. Mainly
influenced by icons such as Joy Division and Bauhaus, Theatre of Pain
toured for a couple of years in Belgium. In 1993 a first demo (Theatre
of Pain) was recorded. Things went well. The demo was re-printed a
few times. The press was positive. "Beautiful Money" was
a modest hit on alternative radio shows in Italy.
End 1993, guitar-player Johan Gies was replaced by Bart Auwaerts.
This young but very talented musician had great influence on the
band. His sound was very characteristic. Theatre of Pain was re-born.
They sounded better than ever before. Not only did they become more
mature, but due to Bart's guitar-work and the usage of synths they
created an own sound...
Unfortunately, November 1st 1994, Bart Auwaerts committed suicide.
Age 18. The band lost a friend and a non-replacable musician. They
decided to continue, using another name...Spiral of Silence. Jenny
Dedoncker joined the band and became full-time synth-player.
The name "Spiral of Silence" was derived from Noëlle
Neuman's communication theory.This theory says that society always
copies its leader's opinion and that their own opinion disappears
in a spiral of silence...
End '95, a first demo was recorded: Connection. Connection contains
a Joy Division cover: Atmosphere. The latter was played frequently
on alternative radio-shows in Belgium, Italy & U.K.By the end
of '95 Jenny decided to leave the band. She was replaced by Jeroen
Nuyts, formerly leadsinger with Spiritus Mundi.
It was due to the radio-success of "Atmosphere" that
Spiral was contacted by Energeia, an Italian label. Spiral of Silence
signed a contract for a first CD... Leap. Leap meant a final breakthrough
for Spiral of Silence. The album contains an overview of almost
a decade of Spiral. It includes 5 re-mastered songs ('93-'95) and
3 new songs produced by Jeff Schmitt. Jeff is known for his work
with "Swimming with Her", an experimental art-band from
the USA. He also worked with artists like Michael Giles (ex-King
Crimson) and Peter Gabriel.
Thanks to the Leap-album, Spiral was contacted by Belgian booking
agency Purple Moon/The Inviation. Spiral played in Vooruit (Ghent)
and on the biggest alternative festival in Belgium: Eurorock. They
also made their appearance on Germany's biggest alternative festival,
Leipzig Gotik Treffen, in font of 10.000 people!
The last year Spiral of Silence has recorded 12 new tracks for
their forthcoming album dEcAdEnT. It was co-produced by Antonio
Palermo, guitarist for the legendary Siglo XX. Also Metal Molly's
Allan Muller produced some tracks (Metal Molly scored a hit with
their track "Orange"; they even did support act for David
Bowie). Spiral of Silence is currently looking for a suitable label
to release its new album, a label who is willing to promote and
distribute the band world wide.
Recently the band was contacted by Kloot per W. He strongly believes
in Spiral of Silence's music and proposed to re-record certain songs
from dEcAdEnT in order to get the attention of (bigger) labels.