photo by Koen Bauters

Sutrastore was born in the beautiful autumn of 2000. The band consists of Kaat Arnaert (vocals), Christophe Calis (vocals, keyboard, guitar and laptop), Patrick Cherchye (vocals and guitar), Jan Delannoy (keyboard) and Jan Dirick (drums).

In 2001 the national radio station Studio Brussel selects one of their songs for a Demopoll cd. At that time the members of Sutrastore are focusing on producing a demo release themselves at their home studio. Songs appearing on this demo: Sutraworld, Lotus, Clouds, Unexpected. This demo gets them selected for Westtalent, a local music contest.

In 2002 Sutrastore is selected for the project 100% Puur. This is a project organized by Poppunt whose mission is to support young bands in Belgium. Thatís how the band gets to play on some popular Belgian festivals like Gentse Feesten and Hove Live. In December of that year their website sutrastore.com goes online.

2003 starts out great: Poppunt releases a compilation cd with a song of the band. In this period Sutrastore starts thinking of releasing their first album, but too many gigs have to be played and too many competitions have to be (almost) won. Sutrastore is second at the Nova Music Competition and first at Ruislee Buist. Furthermore, they win a day of recording at the famous studio of the Ancienne Belgique (Brussels) where they meet Stef Van Alsenoy, a real sound wizard. This results in the first professionally recorded Sutrasong: Time. The track appears on Anyone seen my rubber duckie, the first compilation album of the electronic music collective Je míen Fish. This will be the starting point of an interesting cooperation with this brand new collective.

In 2004 Sutrastore presents the low budget video clip Clouds. The band also works hard on their first album. In cooperation with Stef Van Alsenoy they put the final touch to some songs. As a result Ifuwannitoo appears on the Je míen Fish Sampler 2004 and Clouds is elected best trip-hop song 2004 in Brazil by Tripofagia.

2005 is an important year. On the 5th of May their first EP Love Evolution 1.0 is finally released worldwide! It is distributed by AKH records in The Netherlands, by LAVIAL in Belgium and by Bertus distribution in all other countries. The reviews are pretty damn positive and the band continues to develop their own sound and keeps on caring for intriguingly good music. Sutrastore also starts to look further than the Belgian music scene. They present their album in Ankara (Turkey), they participate in the opening of the cultural season in Ulm (Germany) and do a small tour in Slovenia and Austria.


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