The imaginary suitcase is the one we carry along throughout our lives, the one that contains our dead or barely breathing illusions and the images of our life as we fantasize it.
The Imaginary Suitcase is also the solo avatar of Laurent Leemans, singer and guitarist in the acoustic folk-rock combo Ceilí Moss since 1996, and before that in La Vierge du Chancelier Rolin in the 90s.
Soulful and melodic songs built round a deep and versatile voice (often compared to that of Mark Lanegan or David Sylvian) at times caressing, at times ominous, and deceptively simple guitar chords. Can you say The Imaginary Suitcase is a sort of Belgian counterpart to The World Of Skin or maybe Joseph Arthur’s evil twin? Why not? And the listener will probably also perceive the influence of The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Smiths, Rowland S. Howard, Wovenhand, Joy Division, Paul Roland, Brendan Perry, Death In June, Hugo Race or Swans.
Next gigs (in Belgium, unless specified):
14/1: Brussels, The Corner
2/2: Kortrijk, Cool Bananas
25/2: Ghent, Club de Loge
2/3: Middelburg (the Netherlands), De Wegwijzer
21/3: Brussels, Quartier Léopold
26/3: Krotrijk, cinéPalace
17/4: Liège, La Legia
19/4: Leuven, 't Archief
6/5: Ghent, Faja Lobi
24/5: La Louvière, The Flanagan's
3/6: Beringen, Durango Sessions
13/6: Belsele, Club 't Ey
To be continued...