AROMA DI AMOREAs you might know, one of our goals is to promote BELGIAN music that is DIFFERENT from the mainstream. With the release of a double CD compilation album ‘Onverdeeld’ in sight (end 2009) and being one of the most ‘different’ bands ever, in Belgian music history, we think it’s only just to have AROMA DI AMORA once again on our festival!
Those who witnessed AdA’s magnificent performance on BIMFEST 2004, know this is not to be missed! Those who did miss it back then, now have the opportunity to fill in the huge gap in their live music & cultural history.


Aroma Di Amore is a group that made a trademark out of their biting and politically inspired lyrics. From the liner notes of the compilation album "Radikal", published in 1994 : "Aroma di Amore have always been outsiders, even within the confinement of the alternative rock circuit. Their peculiar blend of raw guitars, electronics, Dutch lyrics and unconventional song structures was too hybrid for many. Those however who, without prejudice, would lend an ear to the band's music, discovered an energetic, authentic and uncompromising collective that stood above al trends".

The nucleus of the band consists of Elvis Peeters, the singer, ("who in an inimitable, possessed way delivered his highly original lyrics") and Fred Angst on bass and later on guitars ("mastering the heaviest riffs as well as refined tapestries of sound"). The band was formed in 1981 when they met Andrea Smits (Ria De Boodt) at a free podium in Mechelen.
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They came to the public eye during the final of the Rock Rally of 1982. Their minimalist new-wave was first released on vinyl with the debut single "Gorilla, dans de samba / Dobberman / Isabella Avondrood" of 1983, but it was only with the mini-album "Koude Oorlog" (Cold war) of 1984 that the band showed it's full potential. It was received by Télé-Moustique as follows : "Aroma di Amore has chosen the cold war as the theme of their first album. It is right to speak of a somber battle : against the vain lightness of contemporary productions, the group launches seven icy missiles with mechanical rhythms, torturous bass, tormented voice and pointillist keyboards. All this with lyrics that are far from funny." Ahem.

As it is stated in "Wit-Lof from Belgium" : "Aroma di Amore initially smelled a bit like Arbeid Adelt!, but grew out to be a consistent rock-combo that left nothing to the imagination with political and Dutch-language lyrics. Madness, war, cynicism and singer Elvis Peeters at the No-Nukes campaign in Florennes".

A bit later the 12" 'Voor De Dood' followed, a record that now is considered to be a classic. With this one, Aroma Di Amore makes it's mark on the belpop of the eighties. Fred Angst, under the name of Fred A., also released two mini-albums at that time, of which 'Ik en mezelf' (me and myself) features on the playlists of Studio Brussel for some time. He also devoted some of his time to producing other bands, such as Mensen Blaffen or the solo-escapades of Rudolf Hecke.

From the bio : "At that period, AdA also grows up to be a welcome guest on the Flemish and Dutch stages, not only because of the inexhaustible energy the group radiates, but also because of the strong visual elements in their performance".

After another mini-album ("De sfeer van grote dagen") and a 12" ("Zonder omzien"), they release their first full album "Harde feiten" (hard facts) in 1986. In the meantime, Peeters en Angst also releases a satire on the Eurovision-songcontest as "Bange Konijnen".

In 1987, the group shrinks to a trio (Peeters, Angst & Wout Dockx on bass), and releases the more extreme second album "Koudvuur". "Despite the fact that Aroma Di Amore think of this album as their most consistent material", the media start to take less interest in the band and the record firm dumps them. At the end of 1987, the group ceases to exist.

Peeters & Angst go on to perform on stage with a music-theater show and continue to tour the Low Countries.

In 1993, record company Antler releases "Radikal", a compilation and overview of the AdA-career. To celebrate the relative success of the album, the group reforms and goes on a highly successful tour and break up afterwards.

In 2004 AdA reforms once again after being asked to headline on the renowned Belgian Independent Music festival. Again a short successful tour follows.

The band is working on a double cd ‘Onverdeeld’ that should be released before the end of 2009.

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AROMA DI AMOREDiscography:

* Gorilla dans de samba 7" 1983
* Koude oorlog mlp 1984
* Voor de dood 12" 1984
* De sfeer van grote dagen mlp 1985
* Zonder omzien mlp 1985
* Harde feiten lp 1986
* Koudvuur lp 1987
* Radikal compilatie-cd 1993
* Een taal is een stripverhaal cd-single 2005