My New Fascination: Vibø – One To Many


So, we’re at it again, making these My New Fascinations a blast for every reader. Since we try to keep the material interesting, we’ve been sifting through the half-empty boxes and found a release that will be suitable for you all. A band you must know about, whom we thought were danish after reading their name. Just kidding, but I think you’re going to find this pretty intriguing. I don’t know much about this band since they’ve only released one album, but it’s pretty frantic and dim when you go at it. The melancholic intent, the swift passages and the combination with synthesizer mayhem just lures the best of us.

Vibø consisted of the members Luc Verhe (Drums), Patrick Bastien (Guitar), Stefan De Meyere (Synth) and Eric Van Hooerbeke (Vocals). They’ve self-produced the release “One To Many” and it was officially released in 1983, on the label Black & White, in Belgium. As it isn’t a big label, I guess they just used it to release it because someone in the band knew somebody or they stood as the owners of it. Because they also let bands like Javori & Co, Brian Nelson and The Bite. Not that I know anything about these bands, but they might be worth to check out if you like Vibø. When it comes to the record, I think that each one of the songs constitute different approaches to post-punk, as you’ll find every single one of those songs integrated by a synthesizer, but you’ll also hear a lot of different post-punk. From the droopy, slow and avant-garde, to the more rebelliously new-wave schtick that some other bands employed too.

Even though they might not be stated as purely post-punk, there’s a noticeable difference between their approach to it and the other new-wave bands. Therefore, I wouldn’t categorize them as being totally new-wave in one way or another, but they certainly borrow some elements from that sphere. One song that’s noteworthy is “Machine“, because of its constantly rolling synthesized baseline in the background. Feeling like you’re on the run, trying to catch up to your mates at any part of the song. The climactic and hectic change in the riffing, the lyrical content that criticizes the framed in life we live. Another one that stands out is also the valiant minimal wave meets post-punk and new-wave sound of “Clinical Death“, which deals with the subject of suicide. There are a lot of strong themes that run through the record, which can perforate your soul at any time. Nothing is happy, everything is fucked up and you’ve got no chance but to endure the sound-scape being constantly mashed into your face. An experience you shouldn’t miss out on, because this band is serious. It’s also one of those bands that manage to create an atmosphere so wicked and inherently arid that you just want to puke. But, do check it out because you will not be disappointed.

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