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THE BAND | History
Formed in 1995 by Mancunian John Cleary and frenchman Pascal DeStijl in Montpellier (France), DeStijl released an acclaimed first album in 1997, followed by another one in 1999, when Patrice Robert replaced John as guitarist with norwagian Agnete Thuland on lead vocals.
Then the band took a break for 10 years and returned with a new line-up in 2011 releasing the concept album « The White Stripes », available in three different versions, including acoustic reinterpretations of the 11 songs and 12 dancefloor-calibrated remixes.
In late 2012, the band went to Manchester to record their follow-up album with guitarist Yves Altana as producer.
DeStijl invited Joy Division and New Order former bass player Peter Hook to play the bass and former Happy Mondays singer Julie Gordon to perform backing vocals. With this new album titled « Something Wicked this Way Comes » DeStijl moved to climb a new step in their carrer.
They returned in Manchester during winter 2015-16 to record their new album, titled + debut+. This new album includes 10 songs, more dance beats, but is in fact in a more rock mood. Again, they invited very talented people from manchester for backing vocals (Monica Ward, Julie Gordon and Louise Turner) This album was mixed in LA by former Black Grape member Danny Saber who also produced or mixed tracks/albums for the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Michael Hutchence or Pubic enemy.
The band came back in 2019 to record at Eve studio in Stockport and hired Jim Spencer (New Order, Electronic, Charlatans…) to mix-down the 10 brand new tracks. This time, they invited Kermit (Black Grape), Liam Croker (Winachi tribe), Rikki Turner (San Pedro Collective) and Scott Jeffreys as lead vocalists. The album was released in 2021 during the pandemic and is titled « Greatest Hits vol.2 » thought it’s not a compilation, and there ain’t any hit on it. Yet.
Following this collaboration, Scott becomes the new lead vocalist of the band and to complete the new line-up, Jason « Nut » Coverdale join the band as the new drummer. DeStijl is now half-based in Manchester, just like when it started.
2023 A Lot of Good Things Will Come to You is the title of their last album, with special guest Andy Diagram from James on trumpet, Little Sparrow on backing vocals and a special cameo from Kermit. This album is also going with an extra EP including 4 tracks mixed by Howie B.