40 years ago punk was taking Belgium by storm. Just about anyone could grab an
instrument and start pounding away on it. And that’s exactly what we did in our
neighbourhood in Genk with Siglo XX, which is the name of a mine in Bolivia by the
way, but we chose it mainly because we thought the Xs were so cool. We kept on
doing this for 13 years: making music, over and over again, different every time, but
always true to ourselves, stubborn, defying trends and great expectations. We
recorded albums that sold internationally and we toured Belgium, the Netherlands,
France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Hungary.
For some reason we struck a chord with a broader audience and they kept on
following us through the years – and still do – and they’ve been joined by a younger
crowd that is catching on to us through the Internet.
Because 40 is quite a respectable age, Onderstroom Records is re-releasing the
first three Siglo XX 12-inches, remastered but with the original artwork. These
records, which have become collector’s items over the years, will be available
separately and in a boxed edition.
And since music belongs on stage – Siglo XX’s music is no exception – the band will
be performing live again … On Saturday, May 19th 2018 Siglo XX will be playing
as headliner an exclusive concert at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen Festival in Leipzig.