"Listening to AASS is like stepping into a wild river. It will submerge you and take you to places you didn’t know existed."
AASS consists of Arthur Adam and Stefan Schneider. Together they make experimental, intense and largely improvised music, which sounds like a crossing between postrock, free improvised music and weird pop, or between Efterklang, Bon Iver and Motorpsycho, and at times between Radiohead and Pink Floyd.
In 2016, after a handful of performances and rehearsals, AASS decided to record their first EP, in the Big Dog Recordings studio of Tim van Doorn in Antwerp. That worked out a little too well. In one intense weekend AASS recorded more than an hour of useful material. Live, without overdubs. Heavy music, according to the jazz method: 1 or 2 themes, a fixed text, a few cues and a lot of improvisation, trying to capture the moment together. The best tracks are now bundled on their debut album: A Soundtrack for New Memories, which was released in January 2018, on the DIY label BandBus Records.
Whereas this material could be labelled as radioheadish post-rock, the new material is more poppy, but still weird and heavy. AASS are on a continuous mission to reinvent themselves.